Dress regulations at Malcolm Campbell High School: September 1969 message from the Principal

In a recent email, Howard Hight (MCHS 1963) has shared with us the following message:

“go to this link and see how it was”



It’s a delight to know how many resources there are online that focus on stories and news about Malcolm Campbell High School.

And a reminder:

Howard Hight and Diana Redden are doing a great job in development of a database of MCHS Sixties alumni. If you wish to add your name to the database, please contact Howard Hight at hahight@gmail.com


3 replies
  1. Gerry Garnett
    Gerry Garnett says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the 1964 dress code. After MCHS I went to McGill for 2 years, at which most male students carried over the HS dress code (shirt, tie, jacket). Then it was culture shock for me when I shifted to UBC Engineering – no ties, no jackets, old jeans and worn out sweat shirts. There was no raising of hands for the prof if the poor prof happened to make an error on the blackboard – just outright booing and whistling. A far cry from McGill! I remember one day in 1st year when a prof attempted to run after one of the students that had walked out. Unfortunately for the prof, he had a mic around his neck attached by a cable to the desk! He didn’t get very far.

    It’s nice to see plans coming together and some familiar names appearing on the site. I think Barry Anderson was in my 9I or 10C class, and also Heinz. Thanks for the information about Heinz. Looking forward to the reunion.

    Gerry Garnett 11C 1964.

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    We’re looking forward to meeting you at the reunion, Gerry.

    My own story was that I transferred from McGill to Simon Fraser University where I started to write for the student paper (called “The Peak”) and then served as editor in the late 1960s. I was familiar with the history of the Soviet Union and the outcome of the Hungarian Revolution and the like, for which reason the “radical” trend that had a strong expression at SFU in those years didn’t find me as one of its proponents.

    Stan Roberts was head of public relations for SFU at the time. One of the stories I enjoy thinking about, these many years later, was the story related to me at the time, that “Stan Roberts breathed a sigh of relief” when he heard that I would be serving as the next editor of The Peak, at a particularly contentious time in the university’s history.

    I was one of an early series of editors that established a reputation for an editorial policy for The Peak that featured accurate and balanced coverage of events. I enjoyed writing then and I enjoy it now. It was always so much fun to work with other writers and put together a paper. Later, by which time I was back to my studies, things changed, with regard to the editorial policy of The Peak, from what I’ve read in one of the studies that that has been published about the early years of the university.

    At SFU many young people adopted a hippie appearance but some maintained a non-hippie approach to dress and lifestyle choices. It was a fun time and a great learning experience both on and off the campus. I met some great people who later achieved – or had already achieved – prominence in Canadian political and creative life. It’s been great to look back and think about the drive for success and service to the community that some people that I knew in those days had and what a great job they did in making their dreams a reality. Eventually I moved to Toronto and became a teacher.

    Jaan Pill (MCHS ’63)

  3. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    D. Scott Munro has added this comment:

    Hi all – actually, there has been some talk recently of bringing dress codes into the public school system, if only to compare with the spiffier look of catholic school students, though there are some rational arguments to support this as well. Cheers – Scott.


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