The NEA Oil Derrick

6th Grade Students at the NE Commemorative Oil Derrick

A Little History...

My brother, Tom Richey, and I went to NE in the mid- to late- 60's and our Dad built the oil derrick that is now in front of the school.  It was built in 1963 and was pulled by a wagon up & down the football field every time the Vikings scored a touchdown.  We had no idea it was even still intact until we were in  OKC a couple of years ago and drove by the school.  We were both so excited to see that it has become a permanent structure on the school grounds.  Our Dad loved NE and was very involved with us as well as the faculty while we attended.  He did so much for the school and we would like to honor him by installing a granite plaque in front of the derrick to memorialize the imagination, love and hard work that he put into the construction of it.   I am attaching a picture of the plaque which is about 12" x 14", and we would need to dig a hole about 20" deep to drop the base into.   Tom and I can both be in OKC Friday, April 26, 2013.

Thank you so much for considering our request.

Jan Richey