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#1 2012-05-16 23:51:44

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Half a century of Huskies history

Half a century of Huskies history


When Northwestern Secondary School was designed the hope was students wouldn't feel like they were in jail.

The architects designed the front with no regular surfaces or roof lines so it doesn't have the “brick box” appearance of a prison.

Whether that worked to convince the thousands of teenagers who have roamed the hallways of the school since it was built in 1963 is anyone's guess. Time can do a lot to change perspective and the 50th anniversary committee at the school is hoping to attract thousands of alumni back next year to celebrate the milestone with current students on the May long weekend, May 17, 18, 19, in 2013.

Melissa Van Dam, 17, and Brett Horn, 17, are current students on the 50th anniversary committee along with teachers and alumni hoping to make the weekend as memorable as those high school years with a range of activities.

“It's going to be great. You can meet a lot of people and take a step back in time,” Brett said.

“You should definitely come to the Decades Night, it'll be a highlight of the weekend,” Melissa added.

The Decades Night will be at five different bars around the city based on decade. If you went to Northwestern in the 1970s you would attend that decade's bar which will play music from the era. The committee is still working out the locations.

The weekend will also feature an open house on Saturday with a breakfast, silent auction, tech sale and human library among other activities. The human library will give staff and student alumni an opportunity to tell stories about the school and what it was like when they were there.

Money raised from the silent auction and other events will go toward an electronic sign for the school and graduation awards, said principal Martin Ritsma.

Ritsma was a student at Northwestern in the 1970s. He still has the yearbooks, where he sports long locks in the pictures, in his office.

“I've spent most of my adult life in this building,” he said.

An alumni teacher dinner and a dance at the Rotary Complex will round out Saturday's events.

A golf tournament will be the highlight on Sunday.

The committee is hoping to locate alumni through Facebook and other social media and by going through past yearbooks.

When the school was built in 1963 rocks were assembled in the courtyard to tell the story of progress. The first stones are rough and they become increasingly smooth and polished to indicate the transformation knowledge can bring. Ritsma would like to do something similar at the front of the school with a rock from Stratford and each of the townships represented by students at the school.

Anyone wanting to be on one of the subcommittees or donate a bolder should call Joan Nowack at the Northwestern at 271-9740.

laura.cudworth@sunmedia.ca


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