Local high school discovers Ted Williams treasure trove

SAN DIEGO -- Summer renovations led to a shocking discovery for one local high school this week: a time capsule with old pictures, letters, memorabilia and one very special prized item -- a ball signed by baseball legend and school alumni Ted Williams.

Administrators made the lucky find at Herbert Hoover High School in City Heights, Williams' alma mater. They found the box of memorabilia under a cornerstone as they demolished their old main office building, which will be replaced.

Principal (and, appropriately, longtime baseball coach) Jason Babineau tweeted about the find  Thursday morning. He had been walking through the school's classrooms when a superintendent excitedly called him over to look through the new treasures.

“We definitely want to preserve it, find a plan to make sure to display this -- to tell story of Hoover High School," said Babineau.

Amid a wide variety of Hoover mementos, Williams' ball and a letter he wrote to the school's class of 2027 stood out as the prized items. In the letter, the baseball legend encouraged students to focus on their studies, adding that he wished he had taken school more seriously himself.

“There’s only one of these on the planet, but there’s many signed baseballs – that’s what really stood out to me," said Babineau.

The collection - put together by the Class of '78 - also included letters from President Gerald Ford and San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson.

“It’s something I want our current students to see – that there’s a legacy here at Hoover and that they have four years to build their own legacy," said Babineau.