Smith: Analy High School heads to go bald

Heads will be shaved bald in the Analy High quad at lunchtime on Thursday. Principal Chris Heller has mixed feelings about the baring.

That's because his scalp is among those to be sheared.

Heller and about a dozen other administrators and teachers at the Sebastopol school agreed to sacrifice their hair or mustaches in exchange for donations to the relief fund for wrestling coach Ryan Stevens.

He has lost hair to the treatments he endures to combat advanced-stage melanoma. At the same time, he's gained great encouragement from the support he gets from his Analy and wrestling families and the entire community.

A fundraiser at Analy encourages students, staffers and parents to toss money into two five-gallon water bottles in the main office.

Slips of paper bearing the names and photos of Analy staffers are taped one atop the other on the side of the bottles. As the level of the money rises to reach each new strip, the staffers named on that strip are marked to go under the clippers.

Not surprisingly, both bottles now are stuffed with cash.

Come midday Thursday, Analy will be abuzz. Among those to be trimmed to the skin are football coach Dan Bourdon, Vice Principal Raul Guerrero and golf coach Jason Carpenter.

As Principal Heller enjoys the last few days of a grassy dome, he's hoping Coach Stevens will be up to coming by Thursday and posing with his buddies in the battle of his life.

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