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    Throughout 2011, North Central College staff, students, alumni, and the greater community enjoyed festivities commemorating the college’s 150-year history.

    Pearl of the Past: North Central College’s 150th Anniversary
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    In the fall of 1997, teenagers in south Naperville stepped foot inside the city’s newest school for the first time.  Neuqua Valley High School opened its doors to 950 freshman and sophomores after three years of construction.  

    Pearls of the Past: Neuqua Valley Opens Its Doors
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    The opening of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center was music to the community’s ears. The state-of-the-art building has hosted many professional concerts since its grand opening in 2009.

    Pearls of the Past: Wentz Concert Opens
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    In 2010, the who’s who of Naperville brought their best dance moves to a competition that would become an annual tradition. The city’s own “Dancing with the Celebrities” event began coincidentally the same year Naperville native and gold medalist in Olympic figure skating Evan Lysacek appeared on the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Pearls of the Past: Dancing with the Celebrities
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    September 11th, 2001, a day the entire country will never forget, and that dark day certainly hit close to home for our community.

    Pearls of the Past: 9/11 Memorial
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    Naperville Central High School students returned to class for the 2010-2011 school year but to quite a new-and-improved campus.
    District 203 officials invested nearly $90-million into much-needed renovations at the 60-year-old school.

    Pearls of the Past: NCHS Renovations
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    In August 2013, the town’s founder arrived back home in the form of a larger-than-life sculpture. Hundreds gathered for a public ceremony at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Mill Street, where a statue of Joe Naper was unveiled.

    Pearls of the Past: Joe Naper Statue Unveiling
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    More than 1,200 Mustangs marched into their brand new quarters in 2009.  Metea Valley High School opened in Aurora, as the fifth high school to serve Naperville students, also serving the City of Aurora.

    Pearls of the Past: Metea Valley Opens Its Doors