CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Southern Boulevard School students got a feel for what it was like in 1929 on Friday when the elementary school celebrated the 90th birthday of the school's opening.
SBS Principal Robert Gardella created some memories for his students by highlighting the history of the school and packing the day with activities that were culminated with the performance of the Chatham High Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Conti.
SBS Principal Robert Gardella opens the celebration at an assembly held in the gym
Pat Wells of the Chatham Township Historical Society gave a presentation about the origins of SBS, which had been preceded by the Red Brick Schoolhouse at the top of Southern Boulevard in 1860.
There were about 100 students when the SBS opened for the 1928-'29 year and has grown to its current population of 470.
The day was highlighted by the Chatham High Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Conte, which played 1920s era music for the SBS students
The students spent class time writing letters to future students about what SBS was like in 2019 for placement in a time capsule.
An SBS museum was set up in the hallway of the school, where scrapbooks and photos from past years were on display. A photo of current SBS teacher Helen Oliver could be found in the museum when she was in third grade at the school. She now also coaches the Chatham High girls lacrosse team.