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Our School Profile & History
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1947
Ernestown Township joined the Napanee and District High School area.

1948
Odessa Continuation School closed after more than 40 years of serving students of the Odessa area. Students were then bussed to the new modern school in Napanee. (June 30)

1958
Reeve Erwell Huff, after whom the E.S.S. resource centre has been named, is responsible, more than any other, for the establishment of the high school in Odessa. He petitioned to allow Ernestown to withdraw from the school area of Napanee, which the Council overwhelmingly endorsed. Mr Milton Dunn was the first chairman of the school board for the new district.

1959
In September students were housed temporarily at the Township Hall and in a new cement block building erected in Odessa, funded by the Town Council, and later used as the old town fire hall.

1959
Ground breaking at the current site. The first school held a population of a little over 200. (November 25)

1960
Opening of Ernestown High School at the present location. (September 6)

1961
The first commencement ceremony at Ernestown High School, Principal Mr. Carl Howse. Here Mrs. Walter Scouten presented the school with oil paintings, which now hang in the front hall. (November 17)

1965/1966
The first addition was made to the school.

1968/1969
The graduating class presented the school with a present, for which they did considerable fund raising: the horse statue that kicks up its heels so exuberantly on the front lawn. Artist Thomas T Bowie created it, and contrary to a persisting urban myth, did not take the place of a football team. The school's sports mascot, the eagle, predates the horse, so we are a school with two animal symbols. When the horse statue arrived, the English department held a writing contest to describe and capture on paper the spirit of the horse (the prize was $10.00). The winning entries are attached, and the poem is included on a selection of our school notepaper to this day.

1969
The second addition was made to the school.

1981
The sod turning ceremony for the third addition to the school.

1983
Opening ceremonies for the completed structure.

 
Last Modified: Dec 21, 2012
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