On Friday evening, Southold High School unveiled a new display decades in the making.
After months of research, teacher Mike Carver’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class, partnering with the Southold Historical Society, created “The History of Us,” a display highlighting the district’s past.
Students sifted through hundreds of documents, journals, artifacts, yearbooks and correspondences to piece together the more than 75-piece display, which contains artifacts that date as far back as 1889.
One of the most notable discoveries is that Beatles member Paul McCartney and Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber attended the high school drama club’s performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” — a play Mr. Webber originally composed — in 1971, according to a district press release.
“Anyone who visits the gallery can readily see that this type of work could serve as a model for how we can engage students throughout our schools in real-world projects and assignments,” Superintendent David Gamberg said. “The display is breathtaking.”
The artifacts will be showcased in mahogany display cases — engraved with the Southold School Educational Foundation logo — created by English Language Learner (ELL) students under the supervision of technology teacher Matthew Pfister.
The project was made possible through funding from the Southold School Educational Foundation, which is dedicated to providing support to students and teachers within the district, as well as Senator Ken LaValle’s office and the Southold Faculty Association.
“The collaborative effort to fund and support such an authentic and purposeful project is exactly what the Southold School Educational Foundation was set up to do,” foundation president Robert Boergesson said in a statement.
Top Caption: (Left to right) Carlos Campos, Esvin Sicajau and Mario Menjivar were among the students who helped build the display cases. (Courtesy: Southold Schools)