SCUGOG: Port Perry High School (PPHS) is hosting an open house, on September 23rd, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the tech wing and the 50-year high school reunion for the class of 67’.
The tech wing originally opened in 1967, and introduced courses such as auto shop, metal shop, cosmetology, and vocational training to PPHS.
Jacob Smith, teacher at PPHS, said this open house is a great opportunity for alumni and former staff, to see how the school has changed over the years.
“They will be able to come into the building, go on a tour, and see all the different parts of the school,” Mr. Smith said.
He added the school is kind of the centre of the town, and a lot of Port Perry residences are graduates of PPHS.
“The school is a place people hold very close to them.” he said, “because it is such a large part of community, I think coming back and visiting the school is something that might be interesting.”
The class of 67’ 50-year anniversary is a great opportunity for people to see how the high school has changed, over the last 50 years.
The class of 67’ is historically significant, because it is the first class in Port Perry to take kindergarten and graduate, and the last class to take government issued departmental exams.
“Our class started in 1953, at the Port Perry Public School, which is now R.H Cornish,” said Barbara Bone, class of 67’ graduate.
Barbara, along with the rest of her elementary school class, had Sam Cawker as teacher in grade 7 and Roy Cornish as teacher in grade 8.
The two teachers went on to two different public schools in Port Perry, carrying their names, R.H Cornish and S.A Cawker.
The class of 67’ never had an opportunity to use the technology wing because it was installed as they graduated.
Barbra told the Standard, this open house will be a nice opportunity for class of 67’ graduates, to see the technology wing and learn about what PPHS has to offer 50 years later.
The open house is happening on September 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at PPHS, located on 160 Rosa St.
Mr. Smith encourages everyone in the area to come out.
“Hopefully people can meet up with some old friends and reminisce about the past,” he said.