Swift Creek Elementary celebrates 90 years with final party before it’s torn down

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Alums and current students of Swift Creek Elementary School will celebrate the school Saturday before parts of it are town down next year.

The school between Cary and Raleigh will celebrate 90 years as a staple in the community and as one of the oldest schools in Wake County.

The celebration will take place at the school on 5601 Tryon Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the playground and in the gymnasium with a parade, speakers and a musical performance by students. There will be food trucks serving philly cheesesteaks, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream from local vendors.

“The story of Swift Creek Elementary is woven into the fabric of this supportive, strong community,“ said Swift Creek Principal Darrell Propst in a statement. “With this also being the last year before the current buildings are torn down, this celebration is especially significant.”

The school district plans to rebuild the school for a completely new campus opening in 2025, according to a news release.

Though located in Raleigh, closer to Cary, the school has served a myriad of students, teacher and community members since it opened in 1932. The brick school has also undergone a series of changes and additions.

Swift Creek Elementary School is one of the oldest schools in Wake County. The school marked 90 years on Sept. 24, 2022 with music, a parade and food. The Town of Cary
Swift Creek Elementary School is one of the oldest schools in Wake County. The school marked 90 years on Sept. 24, 2022 with music, a parade and food. The Town of Cary

The Home of the Cougars

In 1956, the hardwood floor gymnasium, one of the oldest parts of the school, was added. The gym served as the site of the Fall Festival, a former popular event in the community and served as a venue for the Town of Cary’s youth basketball program

Two years later, in 1958, another brick classroom building was added, and then again in 1972.

Saturday, there will be a photo booth and memory wall for people to share and remember their last moments there.

According to the release, parking will be limited for the event but is available in front of the school, in the Food Lion parking lot at 2861 Jones Franklin Road, the Macedonia United Methodist Church at 2700 Jones Franklin Road and the Swift Creek School Park at 6229 Yates Mill Pond Road.

Two shuttles will also be available for attendees from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 12:45-1:30 p.m. with pickups in the Food Lion parking lot and the church.

Here is a rundown of the performances, according to the school’s Parent-Teacher Association:

  • 11:30 a.m.: General welcome and kick off of parade

  • 11:32 a.m.: Student Ambassadors lead parade down to the basketball courts

  • 11:35 a.m.: Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore speaks

  • 11:40 a.m.: Student performances led by music teacher Shana Barr.

  • 11:55 a.m.: Principal Darrell Propst closes the ceremony.

Activities at the event

  • Memory Wall in the gym

  • Swift’s Story

  • Fun Run & spirit wear table

  • Games

  • Artwork table

  • Tour of the old locker room

  • Swift Creek Fire Truck

The event is open to the public.