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RB Russell Vocational High School celebrated 50 years of excellence on April 20.
Established in 1967, the school offers a variety of vocational programs including Culinary Arts, Building Construction, Welding, Hairstyling, Mature Student Diploma, Pre-industry Training Programs and Indigenous Leadership Development.
“RB Russell is a stellar example of the kind of programming that is developed to suit the needs of the students and the community,” said Sherri Rollins, Chair, WSD Board of Trustees. “The school is providing the structure for young adults to fully develop their futures – a place to learn the academic and technical skills that will provide them with strong and fulfilling futures.”
Principal Jackie Connell said the school was a place where students from many walks of life could find success.
"We have a really open door policy. We value community, we value relationships. And when you do those things, all of those other expectations of school fall into line," she said. "We want academic and vocational successes for students, but at the end of the day, what we do here is all about relationships."
Along with historical displays from throughout the school's history, the school also conducted tours of its many classrooms and programs following a short program in the RB Russell gymnasium.