Strasburg mayor, athletic director create ‘Ram Trail’

Strasburg Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr., left, hands a can of spray paint to Strasburg High School Athletic Director Matt Hiserman to finish up stenciling a ram's head for the school's new "Ram Trail" on Tuesday. The trail of painted ram's heads will extend to the intersection of the town's King and Holiday streets. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

STRASBURG – It’s homecoming week in Strasburg, and the mayor and high school athletic director are laying the groundwork to hype up some school spirit.

Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr. and Strasburg Athletic Director Matt Hiserman began spray painting ram’s heads on the roadway from the intersection of Ram Drive and Holiday Street down to the high school Tuesday. Together they’re calling the pathway the “Ram Trail.”

The ram’s heads are spray painted with the school’s colors via stencil, and will eventually extend down to the intersection of King and Holiday streets.

Orndorff said he got the idea after seeing Winchester’s Trail of Pink Petals and other colleges and high schools with similar concepts, and worked with Hiserman to get the idea off the ground in time for the homecoming football game on Friday.

“It’s really kind of interesting and it’s kind of neat in Strasburg because we have all three of our schools going down the same path,” he said “… So I thought it would be really nice to add the Ram Trail to our schools.”

Prior to execution, Orndorff and Hiserman ran the idea past the student body’s Athletic Leadership Council, a cohort of athletes invited by faculty to help engage the student body in athletics and vice versa. The council loved it, and volunteered to help the two paint it.

Ethan Duckworth, a senior at Strasburg and starting quarterback for the Rams, sits on the council. He said the Ram Trail is a great idea to drum up some buzz for homecoming week.

“I think it gets some school spirit out,” he said. “It’s homecoming week, so there’s a lot of school pride that should be going around for us.”

Another council member, Brooke Callaway, a senior who runs cross country and plays soccer, said beyond just school spirit, the trail is a mark of posterity for the graduating class.

“For seniors, it’s like us leaving our mark on the school,” she said. “It’s really awesome.”

As Orndorff and Hiserman worked together to lay the stencils down and etch the Rams into the street Tuesday, Assistant Principal Melissa Foltz came out to check on the work.

While observing, she said the Ram Trail is about more than just Strasburg High School, but the Ram community at large.

“It’s not just a school, it’s a community,” she said. “This (trail) symbolizes that idea.”

Both Orndorff and Hiserman said they are hoping to finish the trail from Holiday Street to the end of Ram Drive on Tuesday, and would see how many heads they can stencil on Holiday from King Street before the homecoming events.

The Strasburg boys’ varsity homecoming football game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.