There is no telling what can be found when some old closets are opened. 
coverThat was the case this summer when nearly a century of school records turned up.
Before there were computers, the individual grades and records for students were written down by hand and kept in a series of books. Those grades followed the student from elementary to high school and makes it possible now to see what a person's great, great uncle had on a semester test in the mid-1920s.
Henryetta superintendent Dwayne Noble said the surprising find came when the former school board office was being cleaned out and everything moved to new digs in the Early Childhood Center.books
"We had no idea these even existed," he said this week, pointing at a nearly five-foot tall stack of inches thick records.
The books contents, all written in cursive, give the name of the student, their parents or guardians and an account how how each pupil fared in their education.
They start in 1921 and continue into the mid-1970s when records were sent to the State Department of Education. "All of those permanent records are now in Oklahoma City," Noble said.
Students in the Henryetta school system have their own page according to the school they attended. Each of the original grade schools, Washington, Webster, Francis Willard, Irving, Jefferson and Roosevelt, have individual books assigned to them.
For the most part the records are in excellent condition despite their age. Several of the early books, 1920 and 1922, have some water damage but the writing is still legible.
When asked about what will happen to the records, Noble said he wanted to keep them and would like to have them on display since they provide an insight into the educational history of the town. He said he was not sure at what point hteir become public domain.
A call has been made to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for clarification on that issue.