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May 15, 2014: School’s First Students Celebrate 65 Years; Fisher Park High School Reunion 2014.

May 15, 2014: School’s First Students Celebrate 65 Years;
Fisher Park High School Reunion 2014.
By Derek Threinen (FPHS, 1986).

Former students and staff of Fisher Park High School (now Fisher Park Public School) on Holland Avenue are gearing up for the upcoming 2014 Reunion, to be held at the school the weekend of June 20-22.

The Reunion Committee is welcoming all alumni to come out to relive their time at the school through three days of events. They have stressed that anyone with a connection to the school is welcome to participate… even those who only passed through the school but never graduated.

The last all-school reunion, held in June, 2007, was such a success that the organizers have planned to replicate all the favourite aspects of the previous event, though on an expanded scale.

A massive 40 by 120 foot beer tent will be erected adjacent to the school where a stage will feature dozens of acts throughout the weekend, featuring musicians who spent their formative years on the Fisher stage.

“Decade Rooms” will be set up in former classrooms featuring memorabilia and photos from each of the four decades (50’s through 80’s) that the school was in existence, and a Saturday night dance will celebrate the music of each decade through hourly progressions between 7:00 and 11:00 PM.

A comfortable lounge will be set up in the school cafeteria for quieter get-togethers, and revelers will be able to walk the halls of the school to search out old lockers or to reminisce about their time at Fisher Park.
The event will feature appetizing food choices throughout the weekend, and will be fully licensed with beer, wine and coolers being offered alongside non-alcoholic drinks in the cafeteria and beer tent.

Reunion co-chairs Tim Welch and Ainslie Wiggs have assembled a committee of dozens of former students and staff to help organize the event, which is anticipated to draw thousands of attendees.

“Over the course of the 38 years that Fisher Park was a high school, we graduated just over 17,000 students,” said Wiggs, “and in 2007, we had almost 3,000 guests attend the reunion. With the rise of social media, and the significantly greater connection most people have with former classmates and friends, we believe this year’s attendance could be considerably higher.”

Welch added “We’ve received messages every week for the past seven years asking when we’d hold another reunion. Various groups like ‘The Founders’ from the first classes in 1949 and school band members from the 1970’s have already started organizing meet-ups for their members. This promises to be a very fun event for everyone who ever called this school theirs.”

Reunion organizers encourage advance registration ($25 per person for the weekend) via the reunion website at http://www.fisherpark.net Tickets will also be available at the school during the event.

Location:
Fisher Park High School,
250 Holland Avenue,
Ottawa
Dates:
June 20-22, rain or shine!
Fri. 5PM-1AM,
Sat. 9AM-1AM,
Sun. 9AM-3PM

Alumni returns

Alumni returns

Photo Caption: Former Head Girl Lois Peever poses with Fi-Pa-Hi, school’s first yearbook. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

Wall with glass case of school history "RETRO FISHER"

Time Capsule…

Photo Caption: Memorabilia from school’s earliest years entices students to return in June. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

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