Red Oak ISD school board members, superintendent Scott Niven, representatives from Red Oak Masonic Lodge No. 461 and other Masonic Lodge representatives from across the state were on hand for the cornerstone-leveling ceremony at the new high school Saturday, April 30.

The rectangular stone, which bears the inscription, “Leveled by the Grand Lodge of Texas,” passed the test by members of the lodge.

Deputy grand marshal for the Grand Lodge of Texas, James Brumit, spoke and explained the laying of cornerstones, which dates back several hundred years.

“The cornerstone is a symbol that ties the physical with the spiritual,” said Gary Dixon, who delivered a brief history of the observance, saying requirements to belong to the Masonic organization are a belief in God and adherence to morality.