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Shaler Area to commemorate 50th anniversary with a year of celebration
Shaler Area School District plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a year of scheduled events that will kick off with a celebration of the Class of 2021, the 50th graduating class in Shaler Area’s history.
The Shaler Area School District was officially sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a merged school district in July 1971. The district was created by joining the K-12 school districts of the Borough of Etna, Borough of Millvale, and Shaler Township, and the K-8 school district of Reserve Township. Shaler Area School District began its operations in the 1971-72 school year. 
During the month of May 2021, various activities and events will take place to celebrate the Class of 2021 and will culminate in the class’ commencement ceremony on June 11. Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, the district has multiple activities and events planned, including a scavenger hunt, storytelling event, and birthday picnic, to bring together current and former students, staff, and community members to celebrate the district’s 50th anniversary. 
“Fifty years is an important milestone and one that we are excited to celebrate with the community that has supported the school district for decades,” said Sean Aiken, superintendent of schools. “Shaler Area is a very special school district that takes great pride in its history and boasts tremendous school spirit.”
Following the creation of Shaler Area as a new school district, the district created a new logo and mascot, the Titan. The Titan Head Logo was created by the students in February 1971 and that logo is still used by the Shaler Area School District today. 
To commemorate the district’s milestone, the Titan Head Logo was incorporated into a special 50thanniversary logo which was unveiled this month. The logo incorporates elements of designs created and submitted by students in Shaler Area High School’s Visual Communications 4 course, and features the number 50 and Titan Head Logo in a shield with the years 1971 and 2021.