Students, faculty, alumni and family members gathered on the campus of William Penn Elementary to celebrate the schools 100th Anniversary as a school. The event featured performances from the BHS Cheer Squad, Bakersfield College Drum Line, William Penn student dance team and choir.
“This is awesome to be able to recognize the history of William Penn and helping our students realize that now they are going to be a part of the history of this school,” said Marshall Dillard, Principal, William Penn.
The school welcomed several guests, including BCSD Board Members, BCSD Superintendent and Administrators, State Senator Jean Fuller, and US Congressman Kevin McCarthy. The event included performances by the school’s glee club, the East High School cheerleaders, and the Bakersfield College Percussion group. The event concluded with the recognition of the many alumni in attendance who all shared a short memory of their time at William Penn.
“I heard about the celebration and I didn’t want to miss it for the world. Being here brings back so many memories and I even saw some old friends,” said Marie Beagel, 1955-61 Wiliam Penn Alumna.
“It was great because they had a lot of different stories I never heard about. One-hundred years is a long time, and I think my school has done a lot of great things,” said Sabriyah Borden, fifth grader at William Penn.
William Penn first opened its doors in September of 1917 with 116 students occupying five classrooms. It was the tenth school to be added to the Bakersfield City School District.
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