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Celebrate 100 years of education during open house at Waldo

Updated: October 18, 2012 6:07AM

AURORA — The historic educational institution at 56 Jackson St. will celebrate 100 years of educating the children of Aurora during an open house this week.

In 1912, the school opened as East High School of Aurora. For 45 years, the building remained a high school. After students transitioned to the new high school facility, the school was renamed and designated in 1957 as K.D. Waldo Junior High School, which later became K.D. Waldo Middle School in the 1990s.

Former students and staff from near and far are invited back to the school to relive the memories of high school or junior high and middle school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back home,” said Jon Gaspar, who has a taught at Waldo for the last 33 years.

Gaspar and a team of Waldo educators have worked diligently for months to plan the “Open House of a Century,” and to recognize the work of students and staff who helped build the history of the school.

Visitors can review artifacts that date back to copies of the original blueprints of the building. From old photos to yearbooks to paraphernalia of East High and Waldo, it is sure to be a trip down memory lane. Coupled with local history, a timeline of national and world events during the last 100 years also will be on display.

Student-led and self-guided tours of the building will take place throughout the day.

Special commemorative postcards with a photo of the school and Waldo facts from the last 100 years will be gifted to each visitor.

The 100th anniversary open house is free and open to the public.

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