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Dayton City School Bell
N 35° 29.270 W 085° 01.020
16S E 679883 N 3928951
Quick Description: The Dayton City School held a centennial ceremony on September 1, 2007 to celebrate "100 years of learning."
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:10:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM25AD
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
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Long Description:
By Cliff Hightower, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.

Sep. 1--DAYTON, Tenn. -- Dayton City School officials celebrated the school's 100th birthday Friday morning.

School officials held a centennial ceremony at the front of the K-8 school at the foot of Dayton Mountain. School board members rang a bell in honor of those who previously attended and worked at the school. The bell was donated by local businesses to commemorate the centennial.

Officials also placed several items in a time capsule that will be opened in another hundred years.

Several school board members, some former pupils at Dayton City School, talked about their memories and what the school meant to them.

Bobby Doss, Dayton City Councilman and school board member, said he graduated from Dayton City School in 1973. He said he remembered walking along Cherry Street and going to a small store just down the street.

"At the time, I didn't even know how old the school was," he said. "I still see kids walking down the street. That part hasn't changed."

Dayton City School's first building in 1907 was a two-story brick, school officials said. That building burned in 1951 and was replaced almost immediately, officials said. Since then, the school has undergone numerous additions.

School Superintendent Richard Fisher said he started teaching at the school in 1968. Seeing the school turn 100 has been emotional, he said.

"It's an overwhelming since of pride," he said. "This is my life. This is a big part of me."

Mr. Fisher included a letter in the time capsule for the school's superintendent in 2107. Mr. Fisher said he gave the future school leader on advice on leadership, including," a lot of praying."

The time capsule also includes a yearbook, a Tennessee state quarter, a photograph of students standing in the parking lot in a pattern that spells "DCS 100" and a copy of the local newspaper, officials said.

Afterwards, students released 25 balloons.

Wade Coleman, a fourth-grader, stood with classmates watching the balloons float in the air. He said he was impressed.

"I think it was cool," he said. "I didn't know it was 100, but I learned."

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