Hi. I sure feel a bit older now that I have just read FH Collins is being replaced or rebuilt.
How time flies.
You don’t know how we looked forward to the opening of FH in 1963. Back then, I was a young fella.
It was about four months late in opening and we didn’t get in until January of that school year. Whitehorse High was overcrowded, so they put us on a shift schedule until FH opened.
I was on the morning shift, so that gave me the afternoon to spend in the pool hall on Main Street, rather than do my homework.
Gee, we had a gym that had a solid hardwood floor that didn’t rattle when you bounced a basketball on it, and a curtain in the middle of it to divide it in half.
The cafeteria actually made fresh french fries. What a treat, as the old school was “brown bag it” only. The rest of the school was state-of-the-art for its time, all of the shops, music room, labs, etc. I did Grade 10 and 11 there and carried on with various occupations thereafter.
In 1971 I worked on an expansion for that same cafeteria doing the electrical with Alkon Electric under the direction of Martin Allen.
I haven’t lived in the Yukon since 1975 and I gotta tell ya, you can leave the Yukon, but it never leaves you.
All the best,