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Richmond Secondary marks 90 years as grads of all ages gather

(Courtesy Richmond Secondary Alumni Association)

Local high school marks 90 years since it first opened its doors

Grads, young and old, will help Richmond Secondary celebrate its 90th anniversary this weekend

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – It is the oldest high school in Richmond and this weekend it’s marking a major milestone.
There are celebrations taking place all day as Richmond Secondary celebrates 90 years.

The original Richmond High School, located at the corner of Cambie and Sexsmith Roads, opened in September 1927 and celebrated its first graduating class the following June.

Beth McKenzie-Gibson, head of the school’s alumni association, says Richmond’s oldest surviving grad will be in attendance.

“Her name is Irene Stiles, she is from the class of 1943. She’s 93-years-old and we also have a number of other people from 1945, ’46, and quite a few people from the 1950s.”

McKenzie-Gibson adds there is something special about the school that keeps grads coming back. “If you look at the staff of the school, a lot of them went to school there, graduated from there, came back to do their practicum there, and are now teachers there.”

She feels a lot of that comes down to the school’s motto. “The only way to explain it is that there’s a Colt spirit and one of their mottoes is, ‘Once a Colt, always a Colt.'”

The event includes displays, performances, live music, classic cars, and even a food truck. Your $10 admission also includes a keepsake pin.