HIGH POINT, N.C., DATE, 2014 – Two new historical sculptures added to the High Point University campus represent a valuable concept that Dr. Nido Qubein shares with students: To be great, you must walk hand in hand and side by side with great people.
Historical sculptures of John Coltrane and Sir Isaac Newton were installed near the Qubein School of Communication, bringing the number of historical figures on campus to 22.
John Coltrane – Coltrane was an iconic figure in the history of jazz and lived part of his life in the city of High Point. As an American jazz saxophonist and composer, he helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was at the forefront of free jazz. Coltrane’s family moved to the city of High Point when he was an infant. He learned much about music at William Penn High School, now Penn Griffin School of the Arts, before moving to Philadelphia to further pursue music.
“Coltrane was more than just a remarkable tenor saxophonist,” says Dr. Danny Frye, director of instrumental studies and director of the University Band at HPU. “He was a lifelong learner, a relentless pursuer of new ideas and new sounds, and a passionate craftsman always seeking ways to make himself better. I highly encourage everyone to get to know John Coltrane and visit his sculpture on our campus.”
Sir Isaac Newton – Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time and was a key figure in the scientific revolution. Perhaps best known for his three laws of motion, he also invented infinitesimal calculus theory of light and color. He laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics and built the first practical reflection telescope.
“Isaac Newton was a man of many varied and extraordinary talents, using his passion for learning to contribute significant new knowledge to the fields of astronomy, physics and mathematics,” says Dr. Briana Fiser, assistant professor of physics. “In addition, he cemented our scientific process of explaining the universe through a systematic gathering of empirical evidence, a method of inquiry which is practiced in all of science. We are excited to have Newton’s sculpture on campus and hope visitors to the sculpture will feel the gravity of his contributions to science.”
The sculptures join 20 others already on campus, which include Aristotle, Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, Amelia Earhart, Galileo, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Sacajawea, William Shakespeare, Mother Teresa, Mark Twain, George Washington, John Wesley, Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Helen Keller and Theodore Roosevelt.