On the second floor of Joliet Central High School
there is a historical display that includes the original “Steelman” sculpture created by Louise Lentz Woodruff (1892-1996) for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The “Steelman” symbolizes advancing technology. It has long been considered good luck to rub the right knee of the man in the sculpture before a test or sporting event, therefore the knee has been worn away and reconstituted over the years. Recently, a reinterpretation of the Steelman sculpture was made by Marsha Lega and installed in front of the entrance to the high school.