The Press Newspaper
Eisenhower Middle School will host a 50th Anniversary Assembly and Time Capsule Dedication that honors the 50 years of service the school has provided to the Oregon community on Friday, April 12 at noon.
The honored guest and featured speaker will be Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the school’s namesake.
The assembly will begin at noon in the auditorium, followed by an outdoor time capsule dedication in front of the school.
“We are just thrilled and honored to have Mr. Atwater come to Oregon to speak to our students about the history of the Eisenhower name on this monumental occasion,” said Principal Becci Bihn. “It should be an unforgettable afternoon – one that our current students will not forget and will someday tell their children about.”
Eisenhower has hosted several events throughout this school year to commemorate its 50th anniversary. A commemorative photo of all students and staff in the shape of “50” was taken in September. To reflect the concept of “walking through history,” the school held a shoe drive for recycling in October, coupled with setting a Guinness World Record on Oct. 26 for the “Most People Running 100 meters in a 24-Hour Period.” In addition, an open house was held Nov. 13, with displays for each era and retro uniforms on display.
The students have added their personalized touch this year with a student-designed t-shirt contest, student-designed banner artwork, signature park benches and themed student essays.
The building was officially dedicated Nov. 11, 1962 as Eisenhower Junior High, with Dr. Kevin McCann, president of Defiance College delivering the dedication address.
The first day of school in the new building was Sept. 5, 1962.
During the celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Eisenhower Junior High was honored March 3, 1988 with a visit from David Eisenhower, grandson of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of former president Richard Nixon. The couple was in town to address a Junior League of Toledo “Town Hall Lecture Series,” which highlighted published authors.
During a morning assembly held at the school, the couple shared with the students their personal stories and experiences of growing up in the public service spotlight.
At the time of Eisenhower’s 25th anniversary, the Oregon School Board had voted to reconfigure the grade levels at each school in the district beginning in the fall of 1988. The old configuration K-6, 7-9, 10-12 would be changed to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Eisenhower Junior High School was renamed Eisenhower Middle School to designate the new grade 6-8 configuration.
In December 2012, amidst Eisenhower Middle School’s ongoing 50th anniversary observance, the Oregon School Board voted to reconfigure the elementary and middle schools in the district from K-5 and 6-8 to a new configuration that transforms the district’s two current 6-8 middle schools into one 5-6 building and one 7-8 building, with K-4 at the elementary level.
Eisenhower Middle School will become Eisenhower Intermediate School in the fall of 2013 housing all 5-6 grades for the district.