New J.D.S.S. officially open

Ribbon cutting Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 for John Diefenbaker Senior School in Hanover.

A special ceremony and an afternoon of events marked the official opening of the new John Diefenbaker Senior School in Hanover.     Staff, students, board officials and dignitaries cut the ribbon.

It replaces the old JDSS that was almost 100 years old and taught generations of students in the Hanover area.

The principal of the new school, Andrew Riddick says everyone seems to like it.

“The kids, it took a couple of days to get used to it, running down the wrong hallway because they couldn’t find their classroom and things like that but you go into a science room now and they’re working away and you go into history, they’re having a great time,” said Riddick.

The new school boasts a double gymnasium, a cafetorium with a stage, a two-storey atrium, and a full size track and sports field.

Part of the afternoon was devoted to preserving history through a rededication of the monument that had been donated by members of the local Dutch community to the former school site.

The monument had originally been dedicated by former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker himself in recognition of the anniversary of the liberation of Holland by Canadian soldiers in World War II.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic liberation.

Members of Royal Canadian Legion and Air Cadets 812 Hanover join members of local Dutch community, guest speaker Fred Kabbes, JDSS students, MP Larry Miller, MPP Bill Walker, BWDSB Director of Education Alana Murray, Chair Jan Johnstone and Trustee Tracy-Lynn Atkinson next to rededicated Dutch memorial (photo submitted by Bluewater District School Board)