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
- 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