December 5, 2017 1:11 pm

Ontario high school considers naming itself after Gord Downie

A month after the Tragically Hip frontman’s passing, his brother Mike Downie reminisces about his legacy and the foundation that hopes to continue his work to improve the lives of first nations people.


BELLEVILLE, Ont. – A new consolidated high school in eastern Ontario could be named after the late lead singer of The Tragically Hip.

Quinte Secondary School in Belleville, Ont., will close next June, and 390 of its students will transfer to Moira Secondary School.

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The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received input from the public this fall on a new name for the combined school at Moira and a committee chose five finalists from 314 proposals.

One of the suggestions is Gord Downie Secondary School, but the board says it still has to get permission from the singer’s family to use it.

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The other names under consideration are Belleville East Secondary School, East Hill Secondary School, East Side High School and Myers Creek Secondary School.

A public vote on a name for the school is underway and ends on Dec. 12.

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