Thru Cru is a Clements High School spirit group organized to create, paint, and
display signs for sports and academic activities. The group consists of
approximately thirty students divided into two groups: Paint and Field Cru. Some students participate in both paint and field activities.
most visible and physically impressive signs are the football pep signs that
the football team runs through when entering the playing field. Thus the name “Run Thru
Cru” These signs are twenty feet high and thirty feet across. The Paint Cru paints the sign and the Field Cru holds the sign up on the field.
large Runs Thru signs are made with seven, three foot wide, thirty four foot
long strips of paper held together with masking tape. The large blank sheet is then
folded along specific lines to crate a large grid pattern. A small cartoon
relating to the opposing team is created and colored by
students. Grid lines are drawn on the small cartoon in the same manner the
large paper was folded. The small cartoon drawing is transferred to the large
paper via the grid method.
The Paint Cru using the small colored cartoon drawing as a guide, paints the
sign with a variety of tempera paints. The entire 20’ by 30’ area is painted
with strong, bright colors. A two foot section is left unpainted at each end.
This section is used to wrap around the support poles. After the paint has
dried the entire picture is outlined in black India ink.
have two custom made poles to support the sign. There is a heavy rope running from pole to pole at the
top. The sign is heavily duct-taped to each pole. The top is folded over and taped
along the rope spanning the top of the poles. A large X of duct tape is run on
the back of the sign from upper corner to the lower opposite corner for
the game the Field Cru attach two long support ropes from metal loops at the
top of each pole and two more ropes attached with specially made clamps
attached to the middle of the poles for additional support.
entire process of taping, painting, and attaching the poles takes eight to ten
hours spread over three or four days. And then, after all this work, it’s
destroyed in about five seconds! However, Clements High School has a
reputation for these AMAZING run throughs. Many have tried, but no one has
succeeded in even coming close to the quality and quantity of Run Thru Cru