Masons of the Midlothian Masonic Lodge 584 dedicated the ceremonial cornerstone of the Midlothian Heritage High School on Saturday.
Orville O'Neal lead the school district, school board, VLK Architects, Balfour Beatty, Masons and DeMolays in the ceremony and explained the significance and history of the Masons' dedication.
“When we level this cornerstone for this school building, today we will be performing a ceremony that is more than 300 years old,” O'Neal said. “It is the one ceremony that connects modern Free Masons directly to the craftsmen and stonemasons of the Middle Ages.”
The Masons applied their ceremonial tools of masonry to the cornerstone and dedicated it with corn, wine and oil. They also imparted the tools to VLK Architects' Principal Leesa Vardeman acknowledging the firm's skill and quality workmanship.
Mason Gary Dixon detailed the ceremony's history and cited references to the cornerstone in the Bible before Mason and MISD School Board Trustee Duke Burge introduced Superintendent Dr. Jerome Stewart, School Board Trustees Wayne Shuffield, Jim Mentzel and Matt Sanders and MHHS Principal Krista Tipton. Stewart, Shuffield and Tipton each said a few words about the new high school before Mason Joe Hocker closed with a prayer.