1963 was an exciting year for high school students in Leduc. They would be moving out of the King George School they shared with all the lower grades, which was located where Leduc Jr. High is today, and attending their brand new school, the largest high school in the Black Gold School Division, Leduc Composite High School.
Since that day between 7000-8000 teenagers have graduated from what is fondly called Leduc Comp, or just ‘The Comp’.
LCHS is a pretty unique school in that there there has been a long history of local families that have had multiple generations come and go through those doors. This type of dedication, loyalty and love for a school is not often seen in today's world. So upon reaching the fifty year milestone staff and former graduates felt the need to acknowledge this fact with an anniversary celebration.
A planning committee was quickly put together of eager members including Assistant Principal, Chris Stiles. Chris also belongs to one of those families with a long history at Leduc Comp. His dad Burk graduated from the school in 1966, Chris graduated from it in 1992 and Chris's son Zachary will graduate from the Comp in 2016, exactly 50 years after his grandfather did.
"It was driven home what a deep, rich history this school has at this year's graduation ceremonies." Said Chris. "With the Jubilee Auditorium full of the grad's families we asked, by a show of hands, how many people in the audience were previous graduates of LCHS and about 1/4 of the crowd put up their hands!"
As soon as word got out that a 50th anniversary celebration was being planned for the school the committee started receiving confirmations from as far away as England all previous students who wanted to purchase tickets and are planning to attend.
"Some of the confirmations we've had from past staff and graduates who will not only be attending but also taking part in the ceremonies has been amazing," shared Chris. "We have several former Principals from as far back as the '60's that are coming, a large contingent of former teachers are returning for the event. We were thrilled to hear that the very first coach of the Leduc High Football Team from back in the 1950's is coming out to join in the celebration."
The Anniversary Celebration will be taking place on October 5th, 2013, beginning at 1pm and is anticipated to go until at least 9pm. The afternoon will begin with an open house and tours of the school and at 4:30 pm the formal ceremonies will take place in the Maclab Theatre. This portion of the day is open to everyone and is free of charge. A buffet dinner will take place in the school that evening at 6pm with lots of time afterward to socialize and reconnect with classmates and past teachers. The dinner is a ticketed event and tickets are now available for purchase online at the LCHS website for $40.00 each or through the Leduc Recreation Centre Ticketmaster booth.