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Reunite and reminisce

R.P. Gorham (“Arpy”) is an exceptional MCS student. He begins his formal education at MCS in 1904 at the age of 18. People say it takes him only fifteen minutes to move out of primary class.  In two weeks he is in grade seven.  He is one of 12 MCS students who receive a scholarship in 1907 from W.C. Macdonald to attend the Macdonald Agricultural College (today McGill) in Quebec. He becomes a respected entomologist.

Portrait of young man wearing a jacket and tie.

R.P. Gorham


Marianne Otty (Molly) came from Gagetown and boarded in Kingston to attend MCS. She was the 1907 class Valedictorian. Like Arpy, Molly would go on to achieve academic and professional success. She becomes an educator, a journalist, and a noted local historian.

Together Arpy and Molly organize the first MCS reunion in 1929 celebrating the students and teachers from 1904 – 1907.

Ten years later in her address to the attendees of the 35th anniversary reunion Molly reminisced about the original model school building, Principal Hamilton, and paid tribute to the students who served in WWI. She also spoke of Kingston’s proud place in the province’s educational history. At this reunion in 1939 the MCS Alumni Society is launched.

Head and shoulder image of a smiling young woman wearing a high collared blouse, a collared coat and a brimmed hat.

Molly Otty

Among all the roses whose perfume cheers us in the chill of harder years of life, what is there like the memory of our school days…

The model school’s 25th anniversary set the stage for future anniversary reunions. For many years the reunions were held every five years.

Front covers of three school reunion program booklets.

Programs from the 25th, 75th and 100th reunions

The final reunion to date celebrated MCS’s  100th  anniversary in 2004.

Group photo of twenty-one men and twelve women on a golf clubhouse deck.

100th reunion golf tournament attendees

Of course there are still less formal occasions when MCS alumni reunite and reminisce about their time at MCS.

Five young women and one young man wearing light-weight coats smile and pose by a doorway for their high school graduation.

The 1955 graduating class.


Three senior females and one senior male sitting at a restaurant patio table under an umbrella.

The 1955 graduating class annual reunion lunch at 1810 Carter House in 2019.