25 Years of History
Mulgrave's history is packed with amazing stories about our students, community, faculty, and alumni. We are proud to share a glimpse into our past in the following timeline, created to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in the 2018-19 school year.
Vision & Verve
(1993 - 2002)
Growth & Development
(2003 - 2010)
Innovation & Achievement
Community & Diversity
Who We Are
Leadership & Citizenship
Learning Beyond the Classroom
A Look Ahead
It would be easy to point to several serendipitous events during Mulgrave's early years to explain the school's success from the start. Yet, you could count twice as many untold challenges that would require a unique combination of vision and leadership to see through the dream of a permanent Mulgrave School.
A Forever Home.
In 1998, the Board announced it had successfully secured ownership of 13.6 acres of property at the foot of Cypress Mountain. In drafting a plan for the building, parents, students, and staff collaborated to design a space that would fully support the level of interaction and communication which is at the heart of Mulgrave's triadic approach.
"If we take time to stand still for a moment, to reflect..., to look at our school with new eyes, to appreciate that which our students have achieved, the path we need to follow becomes crystal clear." - Eddie de Beer, Principle of the Upper School, Message to the community (June 2006).
The IB Journey.
Although Mulgrave become an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2006, the process to arrive at that point had started a few years earlier. Mr. Luke Lawson, the coordinator of Mulgrave's IBDP authorisation application, met Mrs. Hamer at the Halifax Grammar School in early 2002, where he had completed the IBDP application in 1993. When Mr, Lawson was invited to join Mulgrave later in the same year, in addition to establishing the University Counseling Department that would support the school's first graduating class, he was tasked with investigating the option of IB for Mulgrave.
If there is a theme to describe Mulgrave's focus in the 2010s it is innovation. Never complacent, a spirit of creativity, transformation, and evolution had by now been etched into the school's DNA. Led by Mr. John Wray, this period in the school's history transformed Mulgrave into a world-class school.
A Culture of Philanthropy.
"Investing in something that has given so much to my daughters and my family has always made a lot of sense to us and aligns with our values. Our gratitude runs deep so I am pleased that I can give back to the community." - Mr. Harry Wierenga - Board Chair
"No one would question that Mulgrave has a wonderful facility on a superb site, and there is no doubt that such surroundings are an enormously positive factor in the creation of an atmosphere for a school. Ultimately, however, it is the people who make the school, people who are the measure of a school." - Mr. Simon Bruce-Lockhart
A Day in the Life of a Mulgrave Teacher.
"Words are not enough to describe the excellent teaching staff at Mulgrave... Their dedication, patience and never-ending encouragement translates to stretching imaginations and inspiring greatness." - Saira Samji - Mulgrave Parent
"Through these pages, stories will be told about the extraordinary events the students have not only enjoyed, but in many cases created. A consistent theme that runs through the wonderful images portrayed is the joy of being part of a learning experience." - Mr. Richard Bolus
Mulgrave's Esprit de Corps
At the heart of Mulgrave's spirit is the collective dedication of the community to making the school a great place to be and learn. Although this energy is palpable and evident on a daily basis, athletic events are often relished by students as an opportunity to broadcast school pride.
An Enduring Vision
The chronicle of Mulgrave's first 25 years makes it possible to appreciate that although the physical space that houses the Mulgrave of today looks different than those of its humble beginnings, its community's values - underpinned by a long-standing mission to inspire excellence in education and life - endure.
In many ways, it is this shared journey towards the continuous pursuit of personal best that defines what it means to be Mulgravian. The passion for education, enterprising spirit, and uncompromising work ethic exemplified by thos early founding families have been inextricably woven into the fabric of the school; they are the Mulgrave DNA.
As Mulgrave educators strive to prepare lifelong learners to thrive in a culturally diverse and interdependent world, their goal is to inspire each individual to take personal responsibility, embrace a passion for service, and be confident in their power to make a difference. As the school continues to write its history, its story will be told by the actions of its members in response to these goals. So, although the Mulgrave of tomorrow may evolve to look still different from the one today, its ethos, the essence of what it is to be Mulgravian, will never change.