KAYSVILLE -- When Pat Burton McBride attended Burton Elementary School, there were only six classrooms.
"Our classroom was on the stage," McBride said. "It was way fun."
While McBride has good memories of attending Burton Elementary, four of her grandchildren are making memories as students there now.
McBride was in the sixth grade when the school opened in 1960. The Kaysville resident was back Friday for the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary, when 707 students and their teachers gathered on the playground for a picture taken from the top of the Kaysville Fire Department ladder truck.
Some gold balloons escaped as teachers passed out hundreds in celebration of the school's golden anniversary. The group sang happy birthday to the school before the balloons were released by the children.
Several of the six past principals of the school attended as did many of the PTA presidents. And of course, Davis School District officials were there to take part in the festivities.
"I am really excited," said sixth-grade student Carlson Gould. "I have been at this school since kindergarten. It is my school forever."
Third-grade student Lindsy Hales also was thrilled with the celebration.
"I think it's really exciting to know Burton has been here so long," Lindsy said.
She said that it is "the principal and how nice the kids are" that make the school great.
State Rep. Julie Fisher, a past PTA president at Burton, attended, as did Mayor Steve Hiatt and city council members Ally Isom and Jared Taylor. Isom's son attends Burton Elementary.
H. C. Burton, the man from whom the school was named, was born in 1876 in Kaysville and lived there his whole life. During a short program, students learned that Burton loved education and had a good sense of humor. He was the superintendent of Davis School District for 41 years
but passed away before the school was named in his honor.
Henry Galbraith served as first principal of the school from 1960 and through 1976.
There are 373 boys and 334 girls in the present student body and 68 staff members. And of those students, 117 are sixth-grade students who will complete their elementary education this year.
Students sang the first school song, which was written by resident Ramona Porter. Later, another song written by Mary Noel, with the words "We are the Bulldogs and we are the best," is the current school song.
Displayed were a large time capsule and a marble marker. Throughout the year the time capsule will be filled with special items from each of the classes, then it will be buried in the spring and will not be opened for 50 years.
The marble marker will be placed near a tree planted in honor of the 50th birthday of the school.
The words "Gold and Growing, celebrating 50 years of Footsteps" greet visitors at an open house after the short program.
Eighteen-year-old University of Utah student Daniel Blitch was one of many who thumbed through scrapbooks of pictures during the open house. He was a student at the school from 2001-2003.
"This school was like home. The principal, Mr. Johnson, made you feel right at home," Blitch said.