If there are Fenton High School graduates around that know the entire original story behind the rock, we haven’t found them.
The painting and sometimes “relocation” of the rock to a place to be determined and later retrieved has been going on since the 1940s.
According to Connie Foley, FHS Class of 1966 and a member of the Fenton Alumni Association, “Our parents graduated from Fenton High School in 1942 and 1943 and they painted the rock way back then. I think it started with them and Holly and we all kept it up over 70 years.”
Another woman wrote to us anonymously and said, “My husband often tells the story about he and other Holly students taking Fenton’s rock in 1961 and dumping it at “Dead Man’s Curve.” (South Holly Road going east, just outside of the Fenton City limits) Alas, someone found out who took it and the kids had to go get the rock and put it back.”
Although it has not been physically relocated in some time, graduating seniors continue to take artistic license and make the rock their own, at least until the next class comes long.
Fenton High School’s Class of 1969 repainted the original school rock on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of its 50th reunion. Approximately 40 people gathered to paint the rock and take photos.