Huge crowd attends farewell party at Hanover school

Hanover school reunion

Well over two thousand people said goodbye to their old high school in Hanover yesterday.

John Diefenbaker Senior School is closing in June as a brand new school is set to open in September. The reunion party started with a pep rally in the gym in the afternoon. The place was packed and it was hard to find a parking spot within blocks of the school. Reunion co-chair Dave Hocking could hardly believe how many people showed up.

“This is beyond my expectations. It’s a great salute to everyone who has made a contribution to this great school,” said Hocking.

The party continued with a dinner and dance in the evening, both sell outs.

The school was built in 1924 and first known as Hanover High and later named John Diefenbaker Secondary School in honour of Canada’s former prime minister who was born in nearby Neustadt.

The new school opening in September is on the east side of Hanover and will be known as Ecole John Diefenbaker Senior School.