NIAGARA DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL REUNION
In 1956 when living at Queenston, Niagara Township opened Niagara District High School so that local students would no longer have to be transported
to Niagara Falls schools. I attended Grade 10 in that first year and graduated Grade 13 in 1960. One of the highlights of
attending the school was serving on the panel for the TV Quiz Show "Knowledge College" aired on Channel 11 Hamilton. We appeared
on 5 programs.
I was pleased to see my favorite high school teacher, Charles Salter, who had been my Latin teacher for four years and became Principal
after I graduated. David Lailey, now of Lailey Vineyards, was my roommate at McMaster University over my first year in 1960-61.
A Wine and Cheese Tasting Party was held on Friday night and I scouted out old classmates from the 1956-60 period. Not too many
could be found and I missed several that I knew were there, but could not locate in the huge crowd attending in the gyms.
Ken and MaryAnn Bird also attended and invited us to a Barbeque the following Sunday along with my younger brother
Ralph and his wife Myrt. Ken and Ralph had been best friends in the early years, while I was best friends with Ken's older
NDSS has specialized in the Arts including drama because of its proximity
to the Shaw Festival in the old town. But a shrinking number of young people and a growing number of seniors in what has
become a large retirement and wine-growing area means that the school could close in the coming years.
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