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Top: At a special assembly Friday

Gordon Terrace celebrates 40th anniversary

Gordon Terrace Elementary School celebrated 40 years on Friday with a special assembly.

Gordon Terrace Elementary School celebrated 40 years on Friday with a special assembly.

The school officially opened at the end of 1972, then expanded again the next year. It is named after former Cranbrook Fire Chief James Gordon, who donated the land that the school is built on.

At the assembly the school’s first principal, Bruce Williams, spoke about the school as it was then.

Many former teachers, staff and family of Mr. Gordon were there including his daughter-in-law Marianne Gordon.

Then a number of classes sang renditions of some classic 1970s tunes. Mr. Dureski’s class sang a special version of “Smoke on the Water,” entitled “So Many Got There,” about Cranbrook.

Then Mrs. Brock and Mrs. Ruoss’s classes sang “Lean on Me,” followed by “Feeling Groovy,” performed by Mrs. Grady and Mr. Dalke’s classes.

The assembly was rounded out with a slideshow showing some new and old photos. It also highlighted the $18,000 the school raised over the past few years towards building a school in Nepal.