ENCINITAS — There has been a big mystery brewing at San Dieguito High School Academy over the past few months.
Construction crews recently discovered a large metal box while working in one of the school’s main courtyards, prompting students, alumni and teachers alike to opine about the box’s contents.
Was it a time capsule? If so, what year was it buried? And of course, what was inside?
Guesses on the age of the box varied from the 1970s to 2001, when one of the last time capsules was buried.
All of the questions were answered last week as students and teachers met in the school’s media center and unlocked the box.
Indeed, it was a time capsule, and no, it was not from the ‘70s — despite its rusted appearance.
The time capsule was buried by students from the Mustang’s 2000 graduating class. It included items such as a National Enquirer magazine, a teen magazine, a mixtape (yes, cassette tape), a disposable camera (remember those?) a CD that is likely the school’s electronic yearbook, stationery and a letter that one student wrote to founding principal Fran Fenical.
“It was really exciting to have everyone together and unravel this mystery,” SDA Principal Bjorn Paige said. “It wasn’t quite as old as some thought it was, but it was still cool to see what was inside.”
Welding students under the direction of metal shop teacher Jason Berend cracked open the box in front of about 40 to 50 students and staff.
The time capsule sustained heavy water damage, so much of its contents were water logged and unreadable. But some of the headlines that could be read included Janet Jackson’s divorce from Rene Elizondo, the late Patrick Swayze’s crash landing and country singer Faith Hill’s fury over husband Tim McGraw’s assault arrest.
Paige said that students from the graduating class of 2016, inspired by the discovery, are going to bury their own time capsule sometime during the winter.