Jul 30, 2014
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Mystery Stones at Clearwater High Not a Tomb but a Time Capsule

A box of brick and adorned in architectural ornamentation at Clearwater High School is not a tomb as it may appear.

Mystery Stones at Clearwater High Not a Tomb but a Time Capsule Mystery Stones at Clearwater High Not a Tomb but a Time Capsule Mystery Stones at Clearwater High Not a Tomb but a Time Capsule

It just seems so out of place.

Etched across what looks like an epitaph are six lines. Written into the concrete are the words "Erected A.D. 1925 WM B. Ittner, M. Leo Elliott, Associated Architects."

Smiling faces adorn the sides of the brick oblong box, think grave site from a New Orleans cemetery.

The stones, a mystery to some, actually are a time capsule created more than 30 years ago out of the remains of the old school.

, as it is located now, was not built until 1954. Before that students attended Central High on Greenwood Avenue. That school was built in 1925 and designed by M. Leo Elliott and William Ittner. 

Eventually the old school fell into disrepair after the "new" school opened in the 1950s. By the mid 1970s the old brick school burned down.

John Tsacrios, a student and then a teacher at Clearwater High, remembers the old school. He attended classes there, and when the capsule was built, he was teaching at the new school.

“It’s really been a very interesting subject to have that sitting out there," Tsacrios said. "People want to know who’s buried there.”

But it is not a tomb. The pieces are old lintels and ornamentation from the old school, saved by former teacher Steve Gerakios, Tsacrios said.

After the old school burned Gerakios salvaged the items and moved them to the current school. At the time, a project to expand the school was going on. Gerakios got the construction crew there to build a box using the pieces. It was filled with items about the school and the city around the time of the country's Bicentennial. 

"We keep telling people there are people buried in there,” Tsacrios said. "It’s actually a time capsule.”

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