Dublin Coffman High School Principal Mike Ulring jokingly admitted he had a habit of doubting the ideas his class of 2017 pitched.

But all the activities -- 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a corn hole tournament, a drive-in movie night -- were successes, Ulring said.

So when students approached him about creating a mural dedicated to their senior class, he immediately supported their vision.

"I was done doubting," he said.

The student council and principal's advisory council worked together to make the mural a reality.

Led by senior Jessy Ma, students created the 32-foot-by-8.5-foot mural during spring break.

Ma, 17, said she wanted the artwork to represent all types of students.

"We wanted to incorporate a lot of different aspects," she said.

Ma created sections of the mural representing specific parts of the students' high school experience.

Academics, athletics, student spirit, theater, music and band are all recognized, as are specific class accomplishments such as the dodgeball and corn hole tournaments.

Although Ma executed the artwork, her fellow senior class member Varun Madan was the one who initially conceived the idea.

Madan, 17, said he attended the Central Ohio Leadership Academy over the summer and heard about a mural academy alumni had installed at a Columbus school.

"I was really inspired by that," Madan said.

Madan and Ma both sit on the student council and the principal's advisory council, and Madan said students on the advisory council discussed the desire for more art in the school with Ulring.

Beautifying white walls was a goal Ulring said he shared with the students. In particular, he had tried to do something with the blank wall now covered by the mural for a long time.

For years he had unsuccessfully tried to fund a stone or brick covering for the wall, he said.

"This wall's been an eyesore to me," he said.

Ulring said he likes how inclusive the mural is.

"It was all their idea," he said of the students. "I had nothing to do with it."

The mural was divided into 13 sections, Ulring said, to memorialize Matthew Dotson, a student in the class of 2017 who died his sophomore year at age 16 on Dec. 2, 2014.

Dotson was an athlete, and 13 was his uniform number, Ulring said.

Along with different scenes depicting sports, achievements and life at Coffman, the mural also includes a panel filled with senior class signatures.

Students were able to choose their favorite phrase for the mural that they thought embodied the class and selected "once a rock, always a rock."

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