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Pt. Loma High Senior Prank is Engineering Marvel: 'World's Largest Hamster Wheel'

Hamster Wheel An 18-foot-tall "hamster wheel" appeared on the front sidewalk of Pt. Loma High recently. Was it some sort of science experiment? And where was the hamster?

For students, alumni and staff of the campus, it was something expected at the beginning of the school year -- the annual Pt. Loma High senior prank. Each class for the last few years has decorated the school in a different way to start their reign as the upper classmen.

The class of 2013's effort was was made from welded conduit pipe and chicken wire, as designed by students Corlin Palmer, Jacob Syage and Toby Shirts. The hamster wheel is fully functional, with more than 200 students having had a chance to run on it. The wheel now stands along the side of the school as a statue and a tribute to the senior class of 2013.

"This was really something," said Principal Barbara Samilson. "I want to salute the students not only for a great engineering marvel, but for following the guidelines we set up for this."

Previous class pranks had unfortunately resulted in damage to the school, and Principal Samilson asked the students this year to have their fun, but within limits.

Point Loma is a four-year comprehensive high school serving grades 9-12 with a wide range of courses, including fine academic programs, extensive elective offerings, and excellent extracurricular opportunities. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 2,000 students who come primarily from the Point Loma community.