San Francisco Students Get A Rare Peek At School Life, 100 Years Ago

By Meera Dolasia on February 1, 2011

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On Wednesday, January 26th, some lucky students from San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School were witness to a once-in-a-lifetime event - The opening of a 100-year old time capsule, left by former students of the school.

The existence of the battered copper box, which had withstood the ravages of the century rather well, was discovered by 69-year old alumni, John Weidinger whilst he was reading some archived newspapers at San Francisco's Public Library.

According to the article, the capsule had been encompassed inside a wall behind a mural in the school compound. Since both mural and the wall are still intact, the principal decided to look for it - Sure enough, it lay exactly where it was supposed to be.

The workers, carefully extracted the box and last week, the whole school, along with some curious city officials waited with abated breath, as the box was opened - And, they were not disappointed!

In the 100-year capsule lay some books, a schedule of teacher salaries during that era, a letter addressed to the Mayor of San Francisco written by his 1910 counterpart and, most exciting of all, photos of the kids who attended the school during the time.

There was also a letter from one of the students, which amongst other things stated that thanks to the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Cleveland Elementary School was the only standing structure on the street. However, the writer was optimistic that by the time the capsule was found, the street would be lined up with mansions.

While Athens street is not lined up with mansions, it sure has become a great neighborhood with some really cool homes and of course, a great school - reputed to be amongst the best, in the city of San Francisco.

Resources: SFappeal.com,sfexaminer.com,aolnews.com

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  • star_girl
    star_girlSaturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    Wow!
    • johanna Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm
      i love my school is the best we are always having so much fun thanks to mr.sanchez this school has been so much better and i will always be a big peace maker even tho im going out of that school i love this school
      • smileyface4life
        smileyface4lifeWednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
        wow there lucky!!
        • HEY DOODSFriday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45 am
          I like turtles
          • CarmelaMonday, February 3, 2014 at 11:34 am
            About two years ago my school opened a time capsule that was left from former students, but it was only 25 years old. It was really cool
            • blacklight
              blacklightWednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:47 am
              i agree with borntoplay it would be cool
              • borntoplay
                borntoplayFriday, June 7, 2013 at 10:43 am
                That would be a cool school project, to make a time capsule...
                • brooklyn !!!Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm
                  wow... i wonder tht if the reason for tht man to findtht box, was when he was like tryna frea find tht box was when he was tryna break into tht place.... hmmm... idk
                  • laa9876
                    laa9876Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm
                    i live in sanfrancisco
                    • abcdefghijklmno
                      abcdefghijklmnoTuesday, January 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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