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In the final days of Corner Canyon High's first year of operations, a few pieces of history were sealed up in a time capsule so that future students, parents, teachers and supporters can catch a glimpse of what it was like to be an inaugural Charger. 

On Friday, May 30, 2014 Principal Mary Bailey, the school’s first principal, led student groups, employees and the crew that literally helped build the school from the ground up in a heartfelt ceremony to place mementos of the first year into the capsule, which is sealed behind a beautifully crafted stone on the front of the school.

This stone was the last piece to be placed in the school.  Its placement officially completes the construction of the school, which this week held its first-ever graduation ceremonies. Bailey, who placed in the capsule programs and information from the school year, mused that she “probably won’t be alive still when someone in the future decides to open this, but I hope it gives them” a good look at what it was like to be a part of the school’s founding. 

“It has been hard work and a lot of collaboration on so many people’s parts,” she said, “but we have created something great that will be a vital part of this community for generations to come.”

Representatives from Sandstrom Architecture, the firm that designed the school, and Hogan Construction, which built CCHS, contributed their business cards to the capsule so that the Chargers of the future would know who played pivotal roles in the hands-on construction of the building. In addition, the stonemason who hand-carved the stunning facestone, placed a trowel and a business card in the capsule.

Student groups placed items from their organizations and sports teams. Items included a facemask, kneepad, a signed volleyball and softball.  Students also put in photos of the first-ever elected boards, a written history of the school, a T-shirt, an inaugural pin, a first-edition yearbook and first-edition literary magazine. 

Probably one of the most identifiable time-period pieces to go in was an Apple iPhone 4 charging cord, contributed by a member of the technology club.

Another student placed in her copy of the bell schedule and sign-out sheet for the year. Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor, as well as Canyons Interim Superintendent Ginger Rhode, plus Utah Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, gave letters to be placed in the time capsule.

There is no set date for the opening of the time capsule — but the students who placed items will be parents, maybe even grandparents, when someone in the future decides to open the capsule to see all of the activities, people and events that took place when Corner Canyon High first opened its doors. 

In a poignant moment, after the students had returned to class, the two men who had laid all of the brick for the school stood in the parking lot and looked back on their work. “That building represents years of our lives,” said one of the men,“ and we just laid the last piece. It is a very special project to us.”

What’s In The Time Capsule?

  • Letter from Board President Sherril H. Taylor
  • Letter from Canyons Interim Superintendent Ginger Rhode
  • Letter from Utah Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper
  • The program of events and productions from throughout the year
  • USB drive containing the school’s blueprints and video of the dome drop
  • Safety vest from Hogan Construction
  • A “excusal” notepad and business cards from each CCHS counselor
  • Uniform shirts from the boys tennis team
  • Baseball, baseball hat from the baseball team
  • Signed ball from the softball team
  • A wooden heart from the CCHS Productions Company
  • Pictures of the PTSA Boards, sticker, written school history and inaugural pin
  • A cheerleader uniform
  • A shirt from the cross-country team
  • State championship game jersey from boys la crosse
  • A written copy of the school fight song
  • A dance company hat and video
  • A face mask and note from the football team
  • Signed knee pad from the volleyball team
  • Swim cap from the swim team
  • A basketball from hoops players
  • Picture and tennis ball from girl’s tennis team
  • A ball and picture from girl’s la crosse
  • Yearbook
  • Literary Magazine
  • Choir slide show
  • A golf tee and ball from the girl’s golf team
  • Picture of the wrestling team
  • “The Boss” mascot vest from FBLA students
  • A soccer ball from girl’s soccer team
  • A box of memories from student government officers
  • A paint brush from art students.
  • Apple iPhone 4 charging cord
  • Bell schedule and check-out slips
Three Canyons schools, built with proceeds from a $250 million voter-approved bond, have received awards for quality design and workmanship.

Butler Middle School, Draper Park Middle School and Corner Canyon High School received 2013 Excellence in Masonry Awards from the Utah Masonry Council. The awards were bestowed at a banquet Jan. 31, 2014 at the downtown Marriott.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Utah Masonry Council, and to have been able to collaborate with outstanding professionals to create high-quality, modern learning environments for students," said Rick Conger, Director of Facilities for Canyons School District.

The Excellence in Masonry Design Awards focus on the power of collaboration between visionary owners, talented architects and engineers, and the skilled professionals who bring their ideas to fruition with masonry, according to the council's Web site. As such, the awards recognized Canyons District's collaboration with the following professionals:
  • Draper Park: VCBO, AK Masonry and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block, Quikrete and Interstate Brick
  • Corner Canyon: Sandstrom Associates, Doyle Hatfield Masonry, and Hogan & Associates, as well as masonry suppliers Ash Grove Packaging, Buehner Block, Interstate Brick and Brailsford Cast Stone.
  • Butler Middle: VCBO, Harv & Higam Masonry, and Hughes General Contractors, as well as masonry suppliers Buehner Block and Interstate Brick.
The schools were built with proceeds from a $250 million bond, which voters approved in 2010. Additional completed projects include the Albion Middle School renovation, Midvale Elementary rebuild, and Sandy Elementary seismic upgrade. The Mount Jordan Middle School rebuilding project is underway, and scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.

The awards came in the Council's Institutional Category, which includes schools, churches and transportation facilities. Midvale Elementary won a 2012 Excellence in Masonry Award.
Corner Canyon High is charging into the future with a little piece of Draper’s history.

After humidity started to take its toll on a mural painted in 1938 on a wall in the historic Draper Park School, the Draper Historical Society made arrangements to have the mural removed and restored. Thanks to a collaborative effort between the historical society, Canyons District and the City of Draper, the mural has now been transferred to the newly built Corner Canyon, where it now hangs in the school’s Legacy Room.

“(The mural) stood there for a long time, and it is a special thing to people here in the Draper valley,” Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey said. “When (the historical society) realized the mural may be lost, they decided to find a way to save it.”

The historical society recruited restoration specialist Dale Jolley, who paints and restores many murals for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to scrape the paint-on-cheesecloth piece from the wall and repair its damage. The eight- by 16-foot painting was completed in 1939 by artist Paul Smith as part of a Works Progress Administration project.

The mural depicts a scene of Draper’s community members, featuring images taken from photographs and sketches of the day. John Park, a prominent educator who is the namesake of the old Draper Park School, which was built in 1912, is a main feature of the scene.

In order to protect the painting from further damage, the painting has been mounted on an aluminum frame that will allow air to flow behind and in front of the canvas, thus maintaining a stable moisture and temperature level. The painting was created around a doorway in the old Draper Park School, and the restored version maintains the door-shaped hole.

“This is the way it came,” Bailey said of the mural’s unusual shape. “It is one of a kind.”
A charge of excitement was in the air Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, as students, teachers, parents and patrons joined Canyons District leaders at a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the new Corner Canyon High School.

The sun shone brightly on the crowd of at least 400 people who gathered to help the Chargers open their new school with the snip of a ceremonial red ribbon.

“It’s been a labor of love for so many people, and it’s been a privilege to work with all of you on this school,” Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey told the crowd. “It’s truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Now I can check ‘Open Up A High School’ off my bucket list.”

Construction on Corner Canyon High began in 2011, less than a year after voters approved a $250 million bond to renovate, build or rebuild schools in the District. Completion of the new high school marks the first time a public high school has ever been built in Draper — a historic accomplishment that was not lost on those gathered to celebrate its opening.
Electric-blue lights will shine bright in the night sky when honors come raining down on the Corner Canyon Chargers. Thanks to a generous donation, a Victory Light will be installed in the new bell tower atop Canyons’ new high school, which opens this fall.
“You will be able to see it from all parts of Draper,” said Principal Mary Bailey. “It’s going to be quite special.”
The Chargers’ Victory Light was paid for with a donation from the community. John Martindale, a member of the Corner Canyon School  Community Council, whose children will attend the Draper school, provided the financial support through an account established by the  now-deceased Martin Elston. Martindale was asked to ensure that the money was used to help people and make the world a better place.

Martindale learned of the school's need for a donor at a Community Council meeting. He didn't hesitate to support the effort. 

"I was just in the right place at the right time," he said. He added that his family is excited to see the lights when they are turned on for the first time to note a Corner Canyon victory or achievement.  

"Every time that light shines, our family, and the people of Draper will know of Marvin. He spent time in this community and as a homeowner in Big Cottonwood Canyon, paid taxes to our schools. We feel honored to bestow this memory and living legacy of a man who continues to live through the greenbacks that represent a life of hard work and frugal living," Martindale says.

Bailey says that a plaque commemorating Elston’s support will be placed in the school’s rotunda.

The Victory Light will be set ablaze when the Chargers claim a victory, whether it be at the football stadium, in FBLA competitions or on the Sterling Scholar stage. The aim of the light is to unify the community behind the achievements of the school.

 “The idea behind it,” says Bailey, “is that it serves as an announcement to the world that great things are happening at Corner Canyon.”
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