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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  • Denise Rider6/14/2011
    Wow that must be so cool!
    • vampire girl5/21/2011
      can we plese mrs bump before we go to fourth grade
      • find me in 3C 5/6/2011
        i agree with kelsea!
        • dhyg4/13/2011
          LUCKY!!!!!!
          • Kelsey4/13/2011
            must be old its black and white
            • vampire girl4/6/2011
              can we do that
              • cupcake3/29/2011
                sweet
                • Awesome3/2/2011
                  That is so cool to discover that!
                  • Skye B.3/1/2011
                    Imagine that!Discovering life 100 years ago!That would be awsome to see. A time capsule would be cool because its all dusty and ancent.
                    • Border Terrier2/26/2011
                      My school was founded in 1911 so it is my school's centennial. We are making a time capsule and open it up in 50 years. This is a very cool article. I am going to bring this in to school.

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