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March 18 , 2005

APS to Hold Tribute to Historic William Smith and West Middle School

Community members are invited to a tribute to Historic William Smith High School and West Middle School. The event will be held on Thursday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at West Middle School, 10100 E. 13 th Ave.

As part of the West Middle School bond project, APS will remodel the Historic William Smith building on the West campus. The building, which opened in 1931, has great historical significance as Aurora's first high school. The school is named after the founder of the Aurora Public Schools, William Smith, who was also a 50-year member of the APS Board of Education.

To learn more about the history of their school, West students collaborated with district staff on an oral history video. Current students interviewed former students and staff members, including graduates from the 1930s.

"As a result of the oral history project, I think West students have gained a greater appreciation for the history of their school," said John Dale, former West Middle School teacher and a member of the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission. "They also have had a wonderful opportunity to talk with other generations and to help build bridges with our community."

At the March 24 tribute, APS will debut the West/Historic William Smith video. Many of the participants in the oral history project will be in attendance. District staff will also share information about West's whole-building remodel and construction schedule.

Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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