School celebrates 50th birthday


WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI) – One Southern Indiana elementary school is celebrating 50 years teaching students.

Helen Griffith Elementary School in Washington, Indiana held an event Friday.

PTO members placed a ‘time capsule’ in one of the school walls.

School leaders showed students pictures spanning back several decades.

Administrators say it’s important because many students have family who attended the same school.

“This means a lot, to a lot of the older generation, and the younger generation coming up because some of these are their relatives. And they want to know what they did in their life, and how they may be able to follow in their footsteps,” Pat Newton, former school staffer said.

“I think sometimes if you don’t see where you came from, it’s hard to know where you’re going,” Principal Richard Lloyd told us.

School administrators say the school is named after a former teacher. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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