2012 – A Year of Centennials

April 3, 2012


On March 27, 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to be planted in Washington, D.C.


On April 14 of that same year, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Ocean.


Fenway Park opened in 1912.

And, in September, 1912 Adeline Tower opened the doors to her new school in Salem, MA.


Ozaki’s gift was designed to symbolize the friendship between Japan and the United States. Although a terrible world war interrupted that friendship, 100 years later the United States and Japan are close allies and strong friends. From March 20 until April 27,  Washington, D.C. will host “a once in a lifetime celebration” recognizing the National Cherry Blossom Festival – the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees.

The Titanic sank the day after it hit that famous iceberg. The boat’s legacy endures not only because of its celebration in film but also because the disaster that led to its demise symbolizes the modern world’s tension between technological advances and the power of nature.

Fenway Park will celebrate its Centennial throughout the upcoming baseball season. Tower alumni and friends will gather at Fenway on August 23 for a Red Sox game versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (a tortured name if there ever was one!). As Tower School turns 100, so does Fenway Park!  Even a New York Yankee fan (like me) can appreciate the historical significance of Fenway as well as the genius of its intimacy as a place to watch our national pastime.

Tower will celebrate its Centennial throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.  I hope you will join me in looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the difference Tower has made in the lives of thousands of students. As well, I hope that you will engage with us as we imagine the next 100 years of this school. Education has changed dramatically since 1912. What will be the important innovations in elementary education through the next 100 years?

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