SJHS to mark bicentennial

by Telegraph-Journal - Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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A Service of Thanksgiving set for March 3 is one of the first scheduled events to mark the bicentennial celebrations of Saint John High School.

The service, set for Trinity Church, will celebrate the legislation that created the first publicly funded high school in Canada.

It is being held during a week that has been declared Saint John High School Week by the city and is one of many events leading up the Grand Reunion in mid-July.

A school choir featuring the voices of more than 100 current and former students, accompanied by the school and district 8 orchestra, will combine to celebrate the 200th anniversary.

The interfaith service of thanksgiving will include prayers in Persian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu and will be led by the Venerable Stuart Allan, Anglican archdeacon of Saint John and rector of Trinity Church.

As well, four paintings by Saint John artist Lynn Wigginton will be unveiled at the service.

They depict the four buildings that have housed the school over the years, beginning with the Saint John Grammar School, the Victoria Girls School and both buildings that have housed Saint John High School students, one built in 1897 and another in the 1930s.

Guest speaker at the service will be Nova Scotia's Lieutenant-Governor, Myra A. (Holtzman) Freeman, a 1967 graduate of Saint John High School.

1978 Saint John High School graduate Steve Murphy, of CTV News, will broadcast the Live at 5 current affairs program from the school.

The church service begins at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.