Nampa’s Central Elementary School is marking its 90th anniversary on Nov. 21 and the community is invited to share in the celebration with a 1920s-themed party. Cupcakes will be served in the gym beginning at 5:45 p.m. After singing “Happy Birthday,” guests will be invited to participate in literacy-themed games, crafts, reading and writing activities, and a tour of the Family and Community Resource Center. The school is located at 1415 5th St. South in Nampa.
School administrators are seeking former students who would be willing to participate in a Q&A about Central’s earlier days as part of an oral history project. If you are a former Central student and would like to participate in the celebration, please contact Ashleigh Loeber or Cindy McMahan at (208) 468-4611, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The school opened in 1929 as Central Junior High. A WPA-funded project provided an auditorium addition in 1937. In 1972, a kitchen was added and Central was designated the 6th grade location for the entire district. Before it was converted to an elementary school in 1996, all students were moved out of Central to East Side so it could be completely remodeled.