Photos: Beaverton HS opens time capsule from 1938
Old newspapers, photos and documents filled the 78-year-old box
BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Beaverton High School is celebrating its centennial this year, so this week the contents of a time capsule were unsealed for the first time in 78 years.
Principal Anne Erwin said the school heard that there was a time capsule somewhere in what used to be called Merle Davis Elementary school, but construction over the years made it difficult to locate. Some alumni, “Golden Grads,” eventually found the capsule in a corner stone of the old building.
With white-gloved hands, various items including newspapers, photos and documents were removed from the capsule, which was created in 1938.
“Those pictures really bring to life what it was like to be at this school in 1938,” Erwin said.
Beaverton High School student body presidents Savannah Winchell and Peter Vos helped Erwin unveil the items in the capsule.
“I thought it was pretty exciting because we didn’t live in that era whatsoever, so it was like going back in time,” Vos said.
Beaverton HS time capsule opening
Winchell pulled a photo of Beaverton’s first graduating class from the box. The students lined up in a long row in front of the old buildings in a photo that had to be rolled up into a scroll.
“Pulling out the class photo was really fun for me because we got to see the class that was graduating when they put the capsule in and we got to see them standing in front of the buildings,” Winchell said. “Our school is so much bigger now and there are so many more students, that was really fun to see.”
“I liked the phone directory, because it was pretty small and it was for 5 cities, and the ones we have now aren’t used that much, but they’re like the Dell ones that are 100 times thicker, so that was a pretty cool contrast,” Vos said.
Winchell and Vos have organized their own time capsule, which will contain items from the class of 2016, Beaverton’s 100th graduating class. Their capsule will hold yearbooks, varsity letters and other items that show the culture of their class. They’ll open it in 50 years at a class reunion.
“There’s a lot of cool stuff going in there,” Winchell said. “I think it will be cool for people in 50 years to pull that out and see what life was like when we were here.”
Beaverton High School is one of the area’s oldest schools, so it’s no surprise that it has a strong history on record.
“We are a school with a very rich tradition. We are one of the oldest schools around. We stand on the shoulders of that history and we are boldly moving into our future,” Erwin said. “We are poised to have a wonderful future at this school.”