NORMAL, Ill. — Normal Community West High School held an open house Friday to celebrate the schools 25th anniversary.
Current staff and students welcomed former students and teachers to celebrate homecoming, tour the school building and view objects from the schools archive.
Dave Johnson has worked at the school since it opened, first as a chemistry teacher and now as the schools principle. Johnson said the thing that has changed most over the years has been the technology.
“When the school opened we had some computer labs, now each student has their own computer, the amount and things that have changed with mobile device and social media is completely different than what it would have been 25 years ago,” Johnson Said.
The schools first principle Jerry Crabtree attended the open house and said he had a great time seeing so many familiar faces.
“We had sort of a family thing going for the years that I was here and it’s just like being reunited with your family members that what makes it so special,” Crabtree said.
The school also opened a time capsule from the schools first year, which included a year book, a football from their first winning game, and a VHS. Johnson said they will reseal an updated time capsule to be opened at a future anniversary.