CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An area school celebrates a big milestone. Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School near uptown turns 100 years old this year.

The first day of class was September 16, 1912. The school is holding a centennial celebration Friday morning at 10:00am.

Allen Hildreth,76, attended Elizabeth from 1943 to 1947. He plans to attend Friday's event. His fond memories of the school makes him emotional.

It's happy tears. Fun time. Golly, back here playing and shooting marbles. Half of my self esteem is based on how many marbles I won of the other guys, remembered Hildreth.

Staff at ETES say there's a good reason for the milestone.

The people. It's the parents. We have the best parents. We have parents who need to be on the payroll. The teachers. Always had excellent teachers, said teacher of 30 years Gwendlyn Johnson.

Hildreth spent Friday talking with some current students and looking over some old school mementos. He had some advice for the fifth graders.

Cherish your relationships, develop relationships, develop friends, cherish them, he advised.

Some famous faces have walked the halls of Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School. Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley, attended the school.

NBA player Almario Chalmers is also a former student who currently plays for the Miami Heat.

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