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Waynesville R-VI School District to open copper box found in 1957 cornerstone

Waynesville R-VI School District to open

copper box found in 1957 cornerstone


As part of Homecoming activities this week, the Waynesville R-VI School District will open a copper box time capsule between the JV and varsity volleyball games at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the main gym at Waynesville High School.


The copper box was found in a 1957 cornerstone by Bales Construction during the demolition of the original front section of Waynesville Middle School.


“Time capsules are always fascinating and we look forward to revealing the contents of this copper box on Thursday,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent.


According to the “History of Waynesville School,” Roubidoux School was constructed in 1957 on the site; however, its use as an elementary school was short-lived. To keep pace with the ever-growing nearby Fort Leonard Wood, an addition was quickly added to Roubidoux School to create Waynesville High School, which opened in September 1959. According to the “Waynesville School District History:  1980-2005,” the structure, along with more additions, served as the high school until January 2004, when grades 9-12 moved into the present-day Waynesville High School on G.W. Lane Street. The former high school on Historic Route 66 then became the middle school.


The district last opened a copper box time capsule in January 2018; that box was discovered during demolition of the former middle school, which is the future site of the Pulaski County Jail. While the box opened in 2018 came from a building stone inscribed with the year 1951, its contents were from 1953.


Cooper box


Issued September 24, 2019