The legacy of Moira Secondary School will live on.
That was the message that sounded loud and clear to current and former students and staff.
It was a day of celebrating not only what has gone by, but the memories and moments yet to come.
Current and former students and staff came together Friday morning at Moira Secondary School for a school closing ceremony.
Emcee Saud Haseeb says it wasn’t a day of sadness at the school.
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Director of Education Mandy Savery-Whiteway told the audience, at the packed school gym, just like the Moira River that flows through town, this school is woven into the fabric of the community.
She says Moira has always embraced arts, athletics, academics and embracing that diversity has led to the legacy the school will leave behind.
Moira is currently home to approximately 570 students.
The school has a storied history thanks to names like Mike Schad and Brian Price.
There was also the day when a jet airplane was delivered for the aerospace program.
Those memories and moments were just a few of the things touched on in the school’s 59 year history at its closing ceremony on Friday morning.
The school has come a long way from the days when it had an experimental farm and tractors for all the farming kids that were bused in.
Bedlleville Councillor Jack Miller spoke on behalf of the City of Belleville and said this school is a big part of the life and community here in Belleville and while it may be the end of the name, it’s not the end of the school.
When Moira Secondary was first considered necessary for the City of Belleville, its location wasn’t even within the city limits.
Emcee Jenny Wu says there is a feeling of excitement in the halls of the school despite the name Moira Secondary coming to an end.
The school will re-open in the fall with a new name, new mascot, new colours and an influx of students from Quinte Secondary School.