Dale High School had a visit from the past while preparing for construction of a new high school.



“A few of our maintenance staff were removing a plaque from the wall when they discovered the time capsule,” Dale Superintendent Charlie Dickinson said.

Dale High School had a visit from the past while preparing for construction of a new high school.

“A few of our maintenance staff were removing a plaque from the wall when they discovered the time capsule,” Dale Superintendent Charlie Dickinson said.

Inside the time capsule was items dated Oct. 19, 1938. The items included class lists from kindergarten through the senior class, a couple copies of the student newspaper, a copy of the Shawnee Morning News, a textbook, a bible and tax tokens.

The plan is to return the time capsule with its original contents and items from the current student body when construction of the new high school and gymnasium are completed, Dickinson said.

The new high school and gymnasium currently being built thanks to a $10 million bond issue that passed in February.

The new high school building will consist of 20 classrooms, seven more than the current high school. Added features will include a science lab, computer lab and added security features, Dickinson said.

The new gymnasium will double the amount of seating to an estimated 1,200, triple the amount of restrooms available and add air-conditioning to the facility, Dickinson said.

Brief overview of early Dale...

According to documents obtained at the Pottawatomie County Museum, Dale was established in 1893. The town was originally located one and a half miles southwest of its current location.

The town was originally named King, but was changed to honor Territorial Judge Frank Dale of Guthrie. Records indicate Judge Dale was appointed by President Cleveland on May 26, 1893.

Records indicate the town relocated to its current location in 1895 when the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad came through the area.

The museum also sites Dr. Robert C. Ridley as the only doctor in the county when he moved to Dale in the early 1890s.

Early Dale was no stranger to disaster. A flood almost completely destroyed the town in 1908 and less than a year later, in 1909, a fire wiped out the business district.

The first Dale school was built in 1919 and in operation until 1938. The current school was finished and in operation for the 1938-1939 school year. The time capsule was placed in the wall during this time.