Mountain DHS “Back to the Roots”

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Local residents Bob Weagant and Richard Gilmer are eager to celebrate more than 50 years since graduating from Mountain District High School, and are inviting other former students as well as any interested locals to celebrate with them. Mountain District High School was located in South Mountain, and closed in 1970. There was a reunion at that time, as well as another in 1995 which boasted approximately 500-600 guests. The building which is rich in history on Lough Road remains in use today as an apartment complex.

Bob graduated from Mountain DHS in 1967, and Richard in 1963. The pair intended to plan a 50th high school reunion two years ago to mark the semicentennial anniversary of the school’s closure, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to their plans. The pair joked that a 52nd reunion will do. The event is planned for July 16 at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall, located at 2967 Lough Road in South Mountain. The day will open with a “meet and greet” from 1 pm until 4 pm. There will then be 4 pm opening ceremonies, a 6 pm dinner, and musical entertainment after dinner until midnight. Registration for the event is $75, which includes the catered dinner consisting of hors d’oeuvres, an entrée, salads, and homemade desserts. Camping will be available on the fairgrounds for those wishing to stay the night. The following day, from 10 am until 12 pm, a breakfast will be offered by the fire department for the price of a freewill donation. 

The reunion will include former students of both the Mountain District High School, and the North Mountain Consolidated School, plus other area schools. Members of the public are welcome to register for the event – it is not necessary to be a former student of the schools. Former students from as far away as British Colombia and the Caribbean are registered for the reunion. “Pretty much all across Canada,” said Richard.

Bob provided some background on what student life was like at Mountain DHS. The school served grades 9-13, with no more than 120 students at any given time. Bob explained that there was no choice of subjects for any of the years, except a single choice between typing or Latin in grade 10. “I chose Latin for one year and got rid of that pretty quick in the second year,” he joked. The school had no gym, but Bob reports that the school was “fierce” with athletic prowess. Students at Mountain DHS competed in sports such as football and hockey with students from other schools in the region. 

“There was a lot of community spirit revolving around the whole school,” said Richard. “The school was the centrepoint of the community at the time.” Richard himself was an athlete on the school’s championship hockey team, and also talked about how there were many track stars who attended the school. Bob added that curling was a big sport at the school as well. 

Anyone interested in attending the reunion should call Anna at 613-652-4915, or Richard at 613-989-5397. There is also a dedicated email address set up at mdhsreunion50@gmail.com. Tickets must be purchased before July 1. 

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