Recently, during preparations to demolish an old school building, staff at Nanning High School in Tainan’s South District discovered an old piece of blackboard, on which was written the names of two sudents on duty — Tsai Yun-ping and Tsai Ju-fen — on that day, 33 years ago, in the school’s Junior High Division. On March 16, Tainan City Councilor Lu Wei-yin, school principal Su Tsung-li and Nanning parents’ association president Lin Ho-ling held a news conference with the theme “Tsai Yun-ping, Tsai Ju-fen, where are you?”, hoping to trace the owners of the two names written on the blackboard all those years ago and calling them back to their alma mater to remember the old times. That same evening the two had got in contact and said they would arrange a time to visit their old school.
According to Su, the school is currently in the process of rebuilding the school buildings, and the prodigious amounts of documents and records of students who have graduated in the past have already been packed away. The school buildings are due to be demolished at the end of the month, and so there was no time to search through the old records, and the school really wanted to find the two alumni before the month is out.
Su says that the Nanning High School was founded in 1960 as Nanning Junior High, and the Senior High School Division was established in 2003. There are several old school buildings on the campus that are over 50 years old and, because of damage sustained during the 2016 southern Taiwan earthquake, they are gradually being knocked down and rebuilt. The other day, when they were in the process of pulling down one of the old buildings, they discovered an old blackboard which still had the handwritten names of two students who were on duty on Sept. 26, 1987. This rather unusual find was quite an important historical document for the school.
Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
For Su, the old school buildings hold memories for all people connected to Nanning school, and at the beginning of this month they had held a series of commemorative events to mark the impending demolition of the structures, and had managed to call back almost 500 alumni for various generations to return to the alma mater and relive their memories. He hopes that should Tsai Yun-ping and Tsai Ju-fen be able to return to Nanning, they would be able to bid farewell to their old school buildings and reminisce about their school days.
After the story about their search was reported in the media, a teacher at the school, Chang Chia-ting, shared the report on his Facebook page and, with the kind help of other alumni, they had traced the two Nanning classmates, who got in contact through the Facebook pages of Lu and Chang, that same evening. Lu says that the two are both working, one in Tainan and the other in Kaohisung, and they were both expected to get in contact with the school this week, and to possibly arrange a time to visit the school on the weekend.
(Translated by Paul Cooper)
Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
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