New schools named – Northern Dancer in Oshawa and Viola Desmond in Ajax

School board members have selected Northern Dancer Public School as the name for the new north Oshawa school, to reflect the roots of the community. The school is located at 2200 Bridle Road, Oshawa, and opens September 2018.

Northern Dancer was a Canadian-bred thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1964 Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes and then became one of the most successful sires of the 20th century. He is a Canadian icon, and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. Induction into the Racing Hall of Fame in both Canada and the United States followed in 1976.

Northern Dancer retired in 1965 at Windfields Farm, close to the current location of Northern Dancer Public School.

School board members have selected Viola Desmond Public School as the name for the new north Ajax school. The school is located at 39 Formosa Drive

Viola Desmond is best known for challenging racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. Desmond refused to leave a whites-only area of the theatre and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. Desmond will be the first Canadian-born woman to appear alone on Canadian currency when she is appears on the $10 bill later this year.

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