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1919-September1: Purchase School LotStar: Site Selected for Sunset Park School Deeded to Board of Education.

Deeds have been executed conveying to the board of education seven lots at Sunset Park to be used as the school building that will be erected there. The property was purchased from the Fidelity Trust & Development company at a consideration of $2,000.
The site is situated on the east side of the Carolina Beach boulevard opposite the north entrance to the park and is considered an ideal location for the school building.
The need of a building at this popular residential suburb has been long felt, and the school authorities expect to have it ready for occupancy by the first of the year. The plans will be executed as soon as the school census has been taken and the needs of the school ascertained.
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1920-January1: Will Let Contract for Sunset Park SchoolArticle about Sunset Park School. It looks like the right side of it is cut off. I'll try to find the original article for a reprint.
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1920-January7: Sunset Park to Have $15,000 Schoolhouse A $15,000 four-room building will be constructed at Sunset Park and two rooms costing about $8,500 will be added to the Winter Park school.
Rhodes & Underwood, local contractors, were awarded the contract.
It is expected that work on the buildings will be started with little delay. Members of the board of education have gone on record in favor of enlarging buildings and making additional rooms wherever possible.
At Sunset Park, it was at first believed a three-room building would be sufficient to accommodate the needs of the community for some time, but a petition from citizens was presented requesting the board to erect a four-room building and this was yesterday agreed on. It is said that the building, when completed, will be one of the prettiest school houses in the county.
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1920-January: Sunset Park to have New School1/7/1920
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1920-September25: New School at Sunset ParkClasses From First to Fifth Grades Taught
The new school at Sunset Park will be organized for five grades, first to fifth, according to information given out yesterday at the office of the superintendent of public instruction. Children from this district entering school for the first time should report for classification at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning.
Children attending the William Hooper school should report there and await transfer to the Sunset school. The fourth and fifth grades from William Hooper which in accordance with last year's program, would be housed in the Union school building will report at the Union school on Monday morning.
There will be no sixth grade at the Isaac Bear school. Children promoted to the sixth grade at this school will report to the Union or Hemenway according to the district boundaries.
There will be a seventh grade at Cornelius Harnett and children in this district promoted to the seventh grade will attend there. All children attending school for the first time should report at their respective buildings at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
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1929-May10: May Day Program Will Be Offered Today at SunsetStar: Pupils will offer unique exercises at School this afternoon at 5:30 o'Clock
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1931-October: Purchase of Small Lot New School Authorized10/13/1931
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1935: Sunset Park School
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1935: Sunset Park School Flag Bearers
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1935: Sunset Park School Teachers
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1935: Sunset Park School Track Boys
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1938: Old Photo of Sunset Park SchoolOld photo of Sunset Park School taken around 1938.

This is a great example of the types of photos I'm trying to locate. There's something about an old black & white photo and then looking up and seeing the actual building sitting in front of you in full color. When I started running around taking photos I was tempted to take them in black & white but then thought I should take them as I see them because who knows what photos will be like in the future.
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1939-December: Sunset Park School has Grown Vastly Since 1915Brief history of the Sunset Park School and the story of Bobby Bleeker and his measles. Bobby Bleeker lived at 2 Northern Blvd (421).
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1989-September: New Hanover Group Promotes Bond Issue for Senior CenterArticle about the Lucile Shuffler Center being too small and hazardous to continue to support the Dept of the Aging.
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1992-July: WMS, Four Commissioners want to lease building..Article about leasing the Lucile Shuffler building to Opera House Theatre and Crossroads after the Dept. of Aging moved to new location on Shipyard and South Collage. Al Easton, president of Culligan Water Conditioning was interested in the property.
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2007-July 25: Returnees: City is much bigger, but the sameArticle by Si Cantwell that interviews Ray and Suzanne Fountain. Suzanne mentions remembering attending Sunset Park school.

"Suzanne attended school at the present day Lucile Shuffler building near Sunset Park. A pine tree there reminds her of the time she stood under it thinking Dewey would beat Truman in a presidential race."
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2007: Front View of Lucile SufflerFront view of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: Front View of Lucile SufflerFront view of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: North Side of Lucile ShufflerNorth side of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: North Side of Lucile ShufflerNorth side of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: Rear Building - AuditoriumRear building of the Sunset Park School. This area was used in a scene in Matlock.
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2007: Rear of the Lucile ShufflerRear of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: Rear of the Lucile ShufflerRear of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: Rear of the Lucile ShufflerRear of the Lucile Shuffler to show it's condition as of November 2007.
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2007: South Side of Lucile ShufflerView of the south side of Lucile Shuffler. I was trying to get the same angle as the old photo of the Sunset Park School with the old car parked in front.
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2007: Sunset Park School (Lucile Shuffler Building)"The Department of Aging and related services are now in the Lucile Shuffler Center on Carolina Beach Road. Built in 1918, the former school is too small for the growing number of programs serving New Hanover County's ever-increasing "over-55" population, which by recent estimates is about 19,000. The Shuffler Center has about 8,700 square feet of space and is hazardous in some spots; there is an indentation in the main hallway that could trip up a handicapped or frail individual"
- (W.Star 9/20/1989 - New Hanover group promotes bond issue for senior center)

"The building housed the Department of Aging until early this year (1992) when the department moved to a new building at Shipyard Boulevard and South Collage Road. The commissioners advertised the building for sale, but no one offered to buy it."
"Mr. Sutton and Mr. Retchin (Commisioners) said the public would benefit more if the county leased the building to Crossroads (tutors children with learning problems) and Opera House Theatre (performing arts company) for $1 a year."
- (source WMS 7/21/1992 - Four commissioners want to lease building, but company wants to buy it)
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2007: View from Under PergolaView of the Lucile Shuffler building from under the Pergola.
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2007: View from Under PergolaView of the Lucille Shuffler building from under the Pergola.
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