Website launched for centennial reunion bash

Friends, alumni of Lord Tweedsmuir connect for 100th anniversary, thanks to a new website.

Classmates and staff through the ages at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School

Classmates and staff through the ages at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School

Former students, staff and friends of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary now have a way to connect with one another in advance of the school’s 100th anniversary this spring.

A reunion website has been set up by the Lord Tweedsmuir Alumni Association, the group organizing the reunion at the school – which is Surrey’s oldest high school.

A large reunion celebration is planned for June 2, 2012 at the school. All former students, grads, staff and friends – from all years – are invited.

Attendees can keep up with details as they get posted to the site, www.lordtweedsmuirreunion.ca, which makes for interesting browsing for those wanting to reminisce, search for old pals, or brush up on school history.

The gradually evolving site contains slide shows of historic photographs, along with a place to post class photos, a section on school history, photo albums, and more – making it a must-visit web portal for Cloverdalians here and abroad.

Former classmates and friends of LTS are already posting profiles and updates on their whereabouts in the “classmates” section, making it easy to catch up online.

Alumni from Halifax, Victoria, Surrey, Cloverdale, and even Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have already signed up, leaving “then” and “now” pictures, updates, Facebook links, and even tagging their current whereabouts on an interactive locator map and more.

The school’s illustrious namesake, Lord Tweedsmuir, can be found among the list of notable names who have so far posted profiles on the site. “I will be there in spirit if not in body,” he says.

Retired Lord Tweedsmuir teacher, Alumni Association member and well-known local historian Jack Brown is another.

Attendees can buy tickets on the website (there’s a $12 fee to cover costs of security and other services for the event), or donate money to the celebration.

The reunion is being held at the school, 6151 180 Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2.

The day has been arranged into three core times according to class years:1912 to 1969 will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1970 to 1989 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and 1990 to present are from 2-4 p.m. The welcome and introduction is set for 1 p.m.

Individual class years are encouraged to organize their own class reunions around the same weekend, giving attendees another chance to catch up with former classmates.

Surrey’s first high school originated in 1912, when the four-room Cloverdale Public School added a first year junior high class. In 1917, when the first secondary students graduated, the school was renamed Cloverdale Superior School.

In 1919, the school was renamed Surrey High School, which moved to a new building in 1921.

The school has undergone several name – and location – changes over the years, finally adopting the name Lord Tweedsmuir in 1940 to honour the late John Buchan, a beloved Governor General of Canada.

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