The final exams of June 2017 will be the final exams ever written at 125 Talbot St. West in Leamington. Next June students at Leamington District Secondary School will be doing their tests in the climate controlled comfort of the new LDSS being built on Oak Street.
Construction of the $32 million building is almost complete and as this school year wound down, the LDSS school community said "farewell" to the place which has served generations of Leamington students.
Hundreds of current and former students and staff enjoyed an Open House on June 10th that was highlighted with the retrieval of a time capsule (pictured, left) which had been placed beneath the cornerstone of the school when it was opened in 1953. It contained pictures of students from the day as well as newspaper articles and a school crest. The small metal box, which safely preserved its treasures for 65 years was originally interred by the Premier of Ontario, Leslie Frost. Among the guests for both ceremonies was 81 year old Harold Puyda, an LDSS student at the time.
Articles from the time capsule will be displayed at the new LDSS along with other items depicting the school's history. The property at 125 Talbot St. will be declared surplus to the Board's needs and eventually sold.