Downers Grove South High School Installs Time Capsule to be Opened in 2071

Downers Grove South High School Installs Time Capsule to be Opened in 2071

Assisting Principal Ed Schwartz (back row) with the installation of a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now include: (l-r) DGS 2021 graduate Megan Fogarty and Class of 2022 students Isabel Bowditch, Emma Lopez, Gillian Krughoff and Deanna Eslit.

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In preparation for the finalization of the Master Facility Plan (MFP) renovations, students at South High School helped to fill and install a time capsule inside a new wall at the school. Students and staff filled the capsule with items, including masks, face shields, yearbooks and other memorabilia, to provide insight into what life has been like recently at the school. MFP renovations at South High, including a new state-of-the-art auditorium and Learning Commons, are progressing on time and will be ready for students by the first day of the new school year on August 13.

“It’s vital for us to mark and recognize this time in history for our students as well as for our community,” notes Ed Schwartz, principal of the school. “We are emerging from the disruption caused by a global pandemic, and have so much to look forward to as our renovations will soon be finished and ready for the new school year.”

A plaque will be installed on the outside of the wall to alert the community where to find the time capsule and open it in 2071. The community will be invited to tour the school and see the plaque and renovations in the fall.  

“We’re looking at the way that we connect our first half a century of our school to the next half century of our school, so it’s a great way of encapsulating our history,” said Dr. Christopher Esposito, social studies department chair, about the time capsule. South High was founded in 1964 after Downers Grove High School became two schools. 

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