High School Confidential — More Vintage Shenanigans at Carleton Place High School



    Please note none of these students in photo were involved

As they say, kids will be kids, and in 1963 disciplinary action was taken against a grade 9 student who was selling CPHS school exams. As this was pre-internet, it became a local scandal, and was all over the Ottawa newspapers. You know what they say about your past following you, and it still does without a cellphone.

It appears the student some how obtained an advance copy of the final grade nine French exam and sold copies to other students for a dollar a piece. High school principal Dr. Dawson said he found out about the incident 10 days before the examination and ordered a brand new exam. I can see the flabbergasted faces of those students who purchased an exam now. The principal added ‘those students have wasted their money for that exam’ which had reportedly been selling like hotcakes up and down the high school halls.

About 140 students in grade 9 were faced with writing a brand new exam that had some scratching their heads how the higher ups found out. I knew before reading it how the guilty student got a copy of it. Remember those trips to the mimeograph machine? You got it Cadilac! The student found a torn up stencil of the exam in a wastebasket. Clever boy pasted it (that’s right pasted–not taped) and then made copies to sell. The name of the student was withheld. Wonder what CEO of what Forbes company that kid is running now?

Reefer Madness at Carleton Place High School

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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