Church Hill Elementary marks centennial
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.