The first day of school is always a day of anticipation, excitement and celebration, but at Wilmington’s Tower Hill School this week students were met with a special greeting.
The entire student body – from “Tower Tots” to Seniors – gathered in the school’s Weaver Gym on Tuesday where they were showered in a cascade of green and white balloons in celebration of the kick-off of the Wilmington school’s 100th birthday. The combustible revelry marked the beginning of the school’s Centennial year, which will be commemorated with events throughout the year, culminating in Centennial Weekend in September of 2019.
Head of School Bessie Speers acknowledged the school’s founders who she said, “Would be so proud that the mission of the school they created nearly a century ago has such integrity. This means that our mission has stayed true.” The school’s word for the year is integrity.
In addition to an acapella performance by the Tower Hill Ensemble and bits of school history shared by middle school students, teachers from all divisions performed a humorous skit to the theme of 186,000 Hours – How do you Measure 100 Years, which is how long the school has been open.
Student body president Joseph Pinto addressed his fellow students saying he is thrilled to help lead them into the school’s 100thyear. “It’s amazing to think of what 100 years means. One hundred years ago, our founders decided to turn a small patch of land into a place that provides an unparalleled education for the students of Wilmington and beyond.”
Pinto described the history of the school — it’s many traditions, it’s growing student body, its more recent focus on global education. It’s first graduating class in 1923 had just eight students. This year the school has 15 international students from China, Germany and Lithuania, and 67 students are expected to graduate in 2019. “In 100 years, our traditions have grown and flourished,” he said.
“It has been a wonderful 100 years, and I’m excited to see us reach for the stars. So, let’s start the next 100 years on a high note,” he said.