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Several items were stolen from Lower Merion High School Sunday night.  The items came from the display case known to students as “Kobe’s Shrine,” outside the Bryant Gymnasium.

LMHS principal Sean Hughes made the announcement:

I regret to inform you that last night thieves broke into our school and stole a number of items from the Kobe Bryant display case outside the Bryant Gymnasium. The items included Kobe’s framed high school replica jersey, the 1996 PIAA Boys Basketball State Championship trophy and net, programs from the state and district title games, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania State House honoring the 1996 team as well as several pairs of signed Nike sneakers. Local law enforcement is investigating the matter and is reviewing surveillance video from inside and outside the school in an aggressive effort to identify those responsible for this crime.

Bryant, who was born in Philadelphia, was a standout during his high school career at Lower Merion. Not only was he the first freshman to start for school’s varsity team in decades, he ended his high school career with 2,883 points, more than both Wilt Chamberlain (Overbrook) and Lionel Simmons (South Philadelphia).

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