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Cove School Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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Panama City, Fla. -

A historical landmark gets ready to celebrate its diamond jubilee. The Cove School is breaking out pictures for a monumental anniversary.

For students in sixth grade, it's easy to add up the sum of 51, 10 and 14. The number's 75; but to know what 75 years of service means to this community, is a different story.

"75 years, there's just so much that happened here." Amy Moody is leading the effort in gathering pictures, mementos and memories of the past.

"The kids from the 40's distinctly remember riding their bike to school, walking to school, going home for lunch." Moody explains.

March of 1937, the school was established as one of the first public schools in the area, the school was only made up of 5 classrooms.

"The newspaper clippings we have from those early years talk about...the school opening was delayed because the plumbing didn't arrive by train." Moody says.

After it opened, it expanded and gained its rich history. "As you go backwards, you think about when they added electricity, air conditioning, the first male teacher, the school became desegregated like all schools in Bay County in 1967."

Fast forward to 2012 and it's a living testimony of the past. The school was returned to its original state once Holy Nativity Episcopal bought it.

"I feel honored to be able to teach in this building because it does have so much history." 2nd grade teacher, Janet Fiser says.

Mrs. Fiser's husband once sat in the same class, she now teachers 2nd graders, and if you compare pictures from the 30's to the 2000's students may look different, but the what's remained the same, is the structure and values that make this building the Cove School.

The school is currently planning a big anniversary party for October 14th, where alumni are invited to come back and share their own memories. To find out more about the reunion click here.