Searching for Einstein

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

A life-sized bust of Albert Einstein has gone missing from Sandpoint High School, according to its creator, Dan Shook. 

The missing sculpture of Albert Einstein by local artist Dan Shook. Courtesy photo.

The former longtime art teacher at SHS, Shook made the sculpture in the mid-1990s and lent it to a handful of science teachers over the years so it could be displayed in their classrooms.

“It started off being lent to Steve Coffman when he was teaching at the junior high school,” he said. “He moved to the high school and brought it with him.”

Shook said the sculpture moved around into various classrooms before ending up for good in SHS math teacher Cheryl O’Donnell’s room, where the piece of art went missing.

“I don’t know exactly when it went missing,” Shook said. “I just assumed it would always be there.”

Shook said his daughters, Katelyn and Laurie, recently inquired where the piece went because they are interested in obtaining it. When Shook attempted to secure the sculpture, he found out it had gone missing from SHS.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Albert Einstein (other than scattered around the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.), please call Dan Shook at 208-597-5339.

While we have you ...

... if you appreciate that access to the news, opinion, humor, entertainment and cultural reporting in the Sandpoint Reader is freely available in our print newspaper as well as here on our website, we have a favor to ask. The Reader is locally owned and free of the large corporate, big-money influence that affects so much of the media today. We're supported entirely by our valued advertisers and readers. We're committed to continued free access to our paper and our website here with NO PAYWALL - period. But of course, it does cost money to produce the Reader. If you're a reader who appreciates the value of an independent, local news source, we hope you'll consider a voluntary contribution. You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.

You can contribute at either Paypal or Patreon.

Contribute at Patreon Contribute at Paypal

You may also like...

Close [x]

Want to support independent local journalism?

The Sandpoint Reader is our town's local, independent weekly newspaper. "Independent" means that the Reader is locally owned, in a partnership between Publisher Ben Olson and Keokee Co. Publishing, the media company owned by Chris Bessler that also publishes Sandpoint Magazine and Sandpoint Online. Sandpoint Reader LLC is a completely independent business unit; no big newspaper group or corporate conglomerate or billionaire owner dictates our editorial policy. And we want the news, opinion and lifestyle stories we report to be freely available to all interested readers - so unlike many other newspapers and media websites, we have NO PAYWALL on our website. The Reader relies wholly on the support of our valued advertisers, as well as readers who voluntarily contribute. Want to ensure that local, independent journalism survives in our town? You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.