They've come to flip through yearbooks and to search for their initials carved into 88-year-old desks.
As one of the oldest public schools in the country,
A history museum is being constructed in the
"People are very passionate about the school," Cobb said. "Some of it is because of the generations of families who come here. We have students with grandparents and great-grandparents who attended here, so it's fun to try to bridge that gap."
School officials are using a portion of the special purpose local option sales tax funds allocated to
The school has collected scrap books, academic and athletic programs, and photographs saved by school officials or donated by the community.
With some documents dating back to the early 1900s, Cobb said there was a need to build a climate-controlled and organized space to preserve them.
Because alumni often stop by the school to share stories -- such as a student who rode his motorcycle through the hallway and was chased out by the principal -- Cobb said she wanted a way to save memories that can't be enclosed in a glass case.
In September, media students will record short stories from alumni and community members about the school and digitalize them into a usable system for visitors to listen to, much like
"People come in here and tell stories all the time, and we don't want to lose those artifacts," Cobb said.
The school already has a collection of photos, documents, yearbooks and even a uniform from 1925, but officials are calling for all types of donations to add to the museum.
"We are also taking things from the present day," Cobb said. "You don't realize how valuable they are until time has passed."
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