Church Hill Ele­men­tary marks cen­ten­nial

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When the build­ing hous­ing Church Hill Ele­men­tary School was built in 1916, it was for a high school, and it re­mained a high school un­til 1946 when it was con­verted to an ele­men­tary school. To ob­serve its long and rich his­tory, a spe­cial cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion was held at the school fea­tur­ing his­tor­i­cal ex­hibits, skits and dances by the stu­dents. A num­ber of grad­u­ates, par­ents, and school of­fi­cials were also in at­ten­dance.

In open­ing re­marks that day, Prin­ci­pal Dr. Lloyd Taylor said that “this an­niver­sary is not only an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the birth­day of our school, but also a way to teach our stu­dents about the his­tory of this com­mu­nity.” Me­dia Spe­cial­ist Car­rie Fore­man got the ball rolling on cel­e­brat­ing this land­mark in the school’s his­tory and with the help of teach­ers and staffers cre­ated a mem­o­rable day.

Stu­dents learned and per­formed var­i­ous styles of danc­ing that were in vogue at dif­fer­ent times in the school’s 100-year his­tory.


Teacher Amanda Ensor dressed in pe­riod cos­tume led stu­dents in var­i­ous dances from pe­ri­ods in the school’s long his­tory. She and April Quigley chore­ographed the danc­ing.

Among former grad­u­ates who at­tended the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion was Church Hill Town Com­mis­sioner Jack Grif­fin, cen­ter, who was in the 1946 grad­u­at­ing class, the last one be­fore the school went from be­ing a high school to an ele­men­tary school. To his left is his wife Rettsy.

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