On Monday evening, before a crowd of hundreds at John Dickinson High School, the Red Clay Consolidated School District smashed the existing record for the tallest LEGO Tower ever constructed by more than six feet.
Just before 7 p.m., Superintendent Merv Daugherty placed the final piece on top of the tower – the district’s little red schoolhouse logo – to bring the tower to 112 feet, 11 ¾ inches high. Dr. Daugherty reached the top of the tower via crane.
Shortly after, the official Guinness adjudicator on site declared the new record had been set by Red Clay. He told the crowd that the district had to meet exacting standards, including that the tower had to be comprised of standard-sized LEGO bricks, and be free-standing, without the use of adhesives. A metal pole was set in the middle of the tower for safety precautions.
The tower was comprised of about 500,000 plastic bricks that had been donated by district families and corporate sponsors and weighed in at more than one ton. Sections were built by students in all the district’s 32 schools, and during “build days” over the summer.
Organizers said it was the first time the record hadn’t been broken by the LEGO company, or a country. The previous 107 foot record was held by Prague in the Czech Republic.
“This has been a great community event,” said Dr. Daugherty. “It shows what people can accomplish when they pull together. One kid could have never done this by themselves, but when we all work together as a team we can do something that people thought impossible.”
The tower was built as part of an annual theme the district adopts for “District Day,” when all staff returns to school and hold an assembly.
Assistant Superintendent Ted Ammann, who organizes the event, said this year’s theme was inspired by a $117 million major capital improvement program currently underway.
“We knew it was going to be a huge task,” said Dr. Ammann. “But we also knew that the district was up to the challenge.”
The tower will be dismantled and LEGOs will be distributed to district schools.