School today is chock full of technology — computers, calculators, smart boards. But can you imagine just how different school was for young students a century ago? Contractors at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City got a glimpse of just that when they removed old chalkboards only to find another set underneath, complete with chalk drawings untouched since 1917.
“We were removing the boards so we could put in some new white boards and smart boards,” David Todd, MAPS program manager, told The Oklahoman. But they didn’t expect to find such perfectly preserved pieces of history underneath. The chalkboards were dated November 30th and December 4th, 1917.
“The penmanship blows me away, totally because you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” Emerson High School Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman. “. . . Some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful.”