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Former Moncton High School

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Closed  2015
Yearbook  The Tower
Motto  Latiores Fines Petimus
Enrollment  1200 (final year)
Phone  +1 506-856-3439
Founded  1935
Area  Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick
Address  140 Longfellow Dr, Moncton, NB E1H 0G4, Canada
District  Anglophone East School District

Moncton High School (MHS) was the oldest high school and current heritage property in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Serving 1,300 students from the Moncton area and located in Moncton's inner urban core, MHS was housed in what the Heritage Canada Foundation calls an “outstanding example of Normandy Gothic Revival-style architecture”.



Moncton High School was established in 1935, upon the initiative of Fred Edgett, a local grocery wholesale manager, and was constructed by Ambrose Wheeler, a local construction genius of his day. During World War II, MHS played an important role in teaching aero engine mechanics to future aviation engineers involved in the war effort.

Replacement school to open in Royal Oaks

The government has stated that the new school is not "Moncton High School", but a "New Moncton High School", which will have to be named, by the DEC, once built.

Minister of Education Jody Carr announced on February 16, 2011 that a new school would be built in a new location. On July 5, 2011, Education Minister Jody Carr announced that a new Moncton High School would be built on the Royal Oaks site. According to the Department of Education, Royal Oaks was the best of all 20 scouted locations because of anticipated population change, existing community amenities, community school use, catchment area, accessibility of the site, available utilities, community amenities and transportation strategies.

Moncton City Councillors opposed the move. Moncton's City Manager announced earlier on December 22, 2011 that rather than fight the move, the City intended to work toward an agreement with Royal Oaks subdivision and the Province. In addition, withdrawing the rezoning application did not affect the move because the s. 96 of the Community Planning Act exempts the Province from zoning bylaws and regulations: the rezoning application was only presented as a token gesture by Rompsen. As a result, the newly proposed school would go ahead with or without City approval. Accepting this interpretation of the Community Planning Act, Moncton City Council accepted on June 25, 2012 the Province's $12.8 million offer to cover part of the infrastructure costs for the new high school. The total infrastructure costs for the City would amount to $30 million because of the need to construct new roads, sewers and water lines to service the new location. As a result of the decision, two prominent philanthropists withdrew scholarships for the school.

DEC approval of new school

The Province states that DEC approved the new high school. According to the Education Act, jurisdiction over the determination of the location of school is split between the DEC, which determines the "general location" while the Minister of Education is to determine the "site" on which schools are to be built. In March 2012, The District Education Council (DEC) President, Harry Doyle, protested the Province's decision to move the school and stated that the DEC was given no role in determining its location.

Notable alumni

  • Reuben Cohen - Canadian businessman, lawyer, and the third Chancellor of Dalhousie University
  • Chris Eaton - author and musician
  • Northrop Frye - author, and literary critic
  • Cynthia King - politician
  • Mike Murphy - lawyer and politician
  • Chris Thompson - musician
  • Rick White - musician
  • Col. John Boileau - army officer, author and journalist
  • References

    Former Moncton High School Wikipedia

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