TA Norris Middle School celebrates 60th Anniversary

TA Norris Middle School celebrates 60th Anniversary

Past and present students, staff and parents joined at TA Norris Middle School (TAN) on November 16th for the 60th anniversary celebration of the school. An album of photos from the celebration can be viewed here. 

Several students from the early years of the school were in attendance and enjoyed the walk down memory lane. 

“It’s fun to have the grandkids come show me where my school picture is on the wall back when it was a high school” says former student Sharon Higginson. Sharon, her sister Donna Spiller and brother-in-law Larry Spiller, shared memories of when they attended the school in the late 50’s and early 60’s when T.A. Norris was a high school.

Beverly Henderson, who attended the school from grade seven to eleven says that several students get together for reunions every three years. She shared memories of riding on the school bus to Manning and Fairview for basketball tournaments with school bus driver Jesse Green.  

Wendell George, former student who attended TA Norris High School from 1958-1964 was in attendance with his daughter and grand-children. He spoke fondly about how his children and grandchildren have or will be attending the school.

During the event, Principal Wade Johnson, Peace River School Division Board Chair Darren Kuester provided opening remarks and Adele Boucher, former teacher at TAN shared history of the school. Guests also enjoyed a motivational circus show by Safire followed by a cake cutting ceremony. Margaret Dennis, former school secretary and Adele Boucher proudly cut and served the cake to guests.

Laura Guey, current office manager and school bus driver brought in her old school TA Norris School sweater to add to the memorabilia table and Debbie Monro, who has worked at the school since 1988 shared memories of the changes during her time working at the school.  Debbie designed the school logo when the school turned to a middle school from a junior high school.

There were six classrooms at TA Norris when it opened in 1956 and now the school has a food, computer and industrial arts lab, music and art room, a double gym, 20 classrooms and an artificial ice surface for the hockey academy program.

“It’s awesome to reflect upon how thousands of students, parents and staff have attended, learned, made lifelong friendships, experienced success and challenges – and in the early years, students received their high school diploma at TA Norris High School” said Darren Kuester in his opening remarks.

Peace River School Division extends gratitude to TAN staff for organizing the event, those that brought memorabilia for display, and past and present students, staff and parents for sharing in the 60th anniversary celebration of the school.