Fast Times at Carleton Place High

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Carleton Place High School Principal J. R. Mc Neill breathed a sigh of relief when his staff of 17 teachers and 357 students moved into the new High School two storey addition on Lake Ave West which cost $615,00.00 in the 50s.

The original 14-room school was built in 1924 to accommodate 250 students. With over 357 students cramming the halls of the High School- it forced Mr. McNeill to stagger lunch hours, convert the auditorium into two classrooms and abolishing the library to make another full time classroom.

The new addition was to contain a double gym, science  labs, a new shop, four classrooms, cafeteria room, music room, new change rooms and a  future metal shop. It would boost capacity to 520 students.

 

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Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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About lindaseccaspina

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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  1. Linda: I have a photo of Bud Foxton’s grave marker in the Cholloy cemetery (near Nancy, France). I don’t know if it would be pertinent to the above photo of the class in which he is depicted. I can send you the photo if you are interested; although you would have to instruct me on how to accomplish that.
    Bud joined the RCAF after he graduated from CPHS. He trained as a Sabre (F-86) pilot and was stationed in Europe. I don’t presently have the whole story but I believe he was a member of an aerobatic team which were lead into the ground in a training flight. The name on the grave marker is G.D. Foxton and you would need confirmation that it is, indeed, Bud.

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