IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Falls High School senior class presidency put together a very special surprise for their principal.
Idaho Falls high school principal Bob Devine was told that he'd be meeting with one of our reporters to talk about senior graduation.
What he didn't know is that the class presidency had something else in mind.
They presented him with a miniature version of a bronze relief of a sculpture tiger that will be displayed in the school staircase.
The sculpture will be steps away from the tiger tile that was placed by the '73 senior class gift.
"Wow, I don't know what to say it just I mean, for me to have a piece of Idaho Falls High School in a way to take with me is very special. It's gonna be hard for me to fight back the tears because I'm grateful," said Devine.
The senior class acknowledged it was a tough year for the 2020 graduates, but their principal worked so hard to make this year special for them.
"I was really disappointed that maybe we weren't going to get the graduation that everybody else was gonna get. When I learned that he was planning something really big for us I was ecstatic. He didn't want us to be forgotten. So we just wanted to make sure that he wasn't forgotten either," said Evelyn Shull, Idaho Falls High school senior.
After 39 years, Devine will be retiring as principal.
"It was a strange way to end 39 years, but I've had a fantastic experience here as principal at Idaho Falls High School and so what a great way to finish to have the class of 2020 who's been really great to work with. It's bittersweet. I will miss the students tremendously, but I'm excited to see them go on and be happy and successful," said Devine.
Devine is not the only one who received a gift.
The senior class presidency also received a miniature-miniature sculpture tiger.
"It was so sweet. I now can say, and have this memory forever and remember my fellow senior presidency members, and it's just so special," said Grant Lanning Idaho Falls High school senior.
Sometime next week the school should be receiving the full-size sculpture.