History class can be pretty hit or miss in high school. For one Oklahoma City school, history came alive during a recent renovation. 

Emerson High School was the scene of a slice of American history, as blackboards dating back to 1917 were uncovered, shedding light on what it was like to be a student nearly 100 years ago.

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The Oklahoman |  Doug Hoke

Emerson was looking to upgrade their current blackboards with whiteboards and smartboards, so after first removing the old blackboards, they discovered the surprisingly well-preserved blackboards underneath. Along with dazzling works of art that had somehow stood the test of time, teachers also found plenty of work from both teachers and students of yesteryear.

The Oklahoman |  Doug Hoke
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The penmanship on display particularly surprised Emerson High School Principal Sherry Kishore, who told The Oklahoman "some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful."

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With cursive writing slowly being weeded out in today's schools, it was impressive to see just how advanced both teachers and students were at this lost art.

The Oklahoman |  Doug Hoke

Along with strong penmanship and artistry, the blackboards offered a look into different teaching styles that were prevalent nearly 100 years ago.