Famous filmmaker Nia Vardalos, current
Winnipeg Mayor, Brian Bowman, retired NBA Basketball star, Todd MacCulloch, and
AIDS researcher, Dr. Frank Plummer, all got their start under the same roof on
Grant Avenue. Shaftesbury, a Pembina Trails high school with a long list of
accomplished alumni will soon mark its 50th anniversary.
“It is an honour to have the opportunity
to celebrate Shaftesbury High School’s 50th birthday as the school’s current
principal,” shared Catherine Birch. “Over my eight years at Shaftesbury, I have
been fortunate to work with staff members who were former students themselves
and who served with former SHS principals. I also have the privilege to work
with students whose parents were former students of Shaftesbury and thereby get
to hear such colorful, warm, funny and fabulous stories that form the tapestry
of Shaftesbury’s history. I cannot wait to meet some of these legends whose
names and stories have brought such joyful and proud remembrance within the
walls of Shaftesbury still.”
The school was originally called Tuxedo-Shaftesbury High School, and first opened its doors on February 17, 1969 with
Wayne Hanna as principal. The then Mayor of Tuxedo attended a ribbon cutting that was complete with a piano performance. The first graduating class had 55 students. Fast
forward five decades, and the 2018 class was 121 strong.
celebrate the milestone, the school is planning a reunion during the weekend of May 3-5, 2019. The plan is to have
an open house, alumni sports games and a social. All former and current
Shaftesbury graduates, staff, families and community are encouraged to attend.
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