The Night the High School Burned
April 27 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PMFree – $10
On a Wednesday morning in April 1980, Leanne, a Grade 11 student at Prince Charles Secondary School, in Creston BC, called her friend. “Maureen,” she said, “there’s no school today.”
“Why not?” asked Maureen.
“Because there’s no school.”
At about 2:00 AM the night before, fire had broken out in the thirty-year-old building. Within an hour, the structure was fully engulfed and all firefighters could do was hose down nearby residences to keep them from catching fire. By dawn, the school – one of the finest in the Kootenays; home to award-winning band, drama, and art programs; producer of provincial championship sports teams; provider of a vast array of academic and trades programs – was gone.
The Creston Museum has film footage.
We’re marking the fortieth anniversary of the PCSS fire with a special presentation at the Tivoli Theatre.
It’s a double feature!
First on the bill: Hockey! Third period of a nail-biter Game 6 playoff matchup between the Creston Clippers and the Kimberley Knights!
Followed by The Night the High School Burned: historic photos of the school from its construction to the day it burned; highlights from its history; memories of students and teachers – and approximately twenty-five minutes of film footage of the fire that destroyed it all.
Doors open 6:30; show starts at 7:00. There will be a very brief AGM of the Creston & District Historical & Museum Society in between the two features.
Admission: Members of the Historical Society – by donation; Non-members $10. Admission includes pop or popcorn. Not a member? Sign up here!