The Sharks at Sugarloaf School have more than a new elementary wing to celebrate. The school — and surrounding community — hold a new Guinness World Record.
On the morning of May 5, 887 people broke the record for the most people simultaneously performing the ubiquitous “Baby Shark” song and dance that has now been playing on repeat in all 887 people’s heads since the big event.
The event was organized by Ajax Builders to mark the ribbon-cutting of the new elementary wing and to celebrate the school’s mascot. Students, parents, teachers, school board members, sheriff’s deputies, the Key West police chief, firefighters, local military members and more filled the parking lot while wearing shark sunglasses and other chomping costumes for the festivities.
“We did it; we broke the record,” Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg declared while still wearing his shark hat.
An open house and grand opening tours will be available at the new elementary wing in the coming week or so, said principal Brett Unke, who is retiring at the end of the year after 30 years with the school district.
The new elementary wing and the new world record were the perfect way to end his career, Unke said.