70 Years of Secondary Education in the Slocan Valley

SD8 Kootenay Lake releases commemorative publication

The 2020-2021 academic school year marks the 70th anniversary of two SD8 – Kootenay Lake secondary schools in the Slocan Valley. You can now read all about the history of public education at Mount Sentinel Secondary and W.E.Graham Community School in a new publication: Valley High – Seventy Years of Secondary Education in the Slocan Valley.

The stories and photographs in this commemorative book represent a glimpse into school life during the previous seventy years and share several collective memories for past students and staff.

Authored by recently retired Principal Glen Campbell, the 80+ page pictorial chapter book takes readers through each decade since both schools opened their doors in 1951. Campbell served as a teacher, counsellor, coach, vice-principal and principal at Mt. Sentinel Secondary School over his 32-year tenure with SD8 – Kootenay Lake.

“The challenge, of course, is dealing with fading memories and a limited amount of evidence of a school's storied past,” said Campbell, “This book will hopefully be a starting point for that ongoing collection into the future.”

Valley High – Seventy Years of Secondary Education in the Slocan Valley is now available for purchase ($20) on the District website: https://www.sd8.bc.ca/store

“We hope this project inspires others to continue to collect and share their stories for years to come,” said Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair of SD8 – Kootenay Lake, “Stories that celebrate learning as well as the many individuals who contribute to making our schools a wonderful place to learn.”

Special thanks go to outgoing Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins for her vision to see this history recorded and celebrated. Local historian Greg Nesteroff was also immensely helpful with this project. “Greg’s passion for journalism and local history was instrumental in providing a wealth of information to help piece this project together,” exclaimed Campbell.

“I would like to acknowledge both Glen Campbell and Slocan parent and communications consultant, Eden DuPont, for their exemplary work on this historical project,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Perkins. The District also gratefully acknowledges the contributions provided by many former and current employees, community members, and past and present students. All content for this publication was collected through verbal interviews, unpublished interviews, yearbooks, school records and published articles in local media.


For more information:

Dr. Christine Perkins | Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer


School District 8 Kootenay Lake

811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C.   V1L 1N8

Office:  250-505-7037

Cell:  250-505-9625

Email:  christine.perkins@sd8.bc.ca

Web:  www.sd8.bc.ca

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.