On November 5th a reunion took place to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the amazing Norsemen victory in the city championship for Senior Football. The reunion was planned by team members Andy Maize. Hugh Murray and Geoff Reeves, who conjured up the idea during their regularly scheduled “guys nights” over beers in a local pub.
The reunion was 40 years and 1 day after the championship game. On November 4th 1976, the Norsemen defeated arch-rival Lawrence Park Collegiate at CNE Stadium, on the all-new “AstroTurf”. The score was a resounding 63-22 for the NT victors. Ironically, the game took place a few days before the Ottawa Roughriders won their last Grey Cup – also 40 years ago this year.
The reunion was attended by 30 team players, and was also honoured by the presence of team coaches Brock Cromwell, Dave (‘One Knee’) Grace, and Danny Russell. The evening featured cocktails and dinner, accompanied by original game films and heartfelt speeches. Dinner was followed by an open party of NT friends and colleagues from school year 1974-1980 (a format once known by this crowd as a “Hoedown”) and the festivities went until the wee hours of the morning .
Before the party started the team took the attached picture and burst into a rendition of the NT school song. The event was a “Yuge” success and there was some discussion about the 1977 championship win as well…Stay tuned on that one.
Red & Grey Day Homecoming
Red and Grey Day Homecoming returns to the school on Thursday, October 13, 1:00-5:30, sponsored in part by the NTCI Foundation.
Celebrate: the continuing Red and Grey school spirit and new facilities at the school and old connections.
- intercollegiate games will be scheduled throughout the day:
- 8:00 – Field Hockey – NT vs Humberside, tier 1 league game
- 11:30 – Field Hockey – NT vs UTS, exhibition game
- 11:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball – NT vs TBA, league game (Gym)
- 2:30 – Senior Volleyball – NT vs Riverdale, league game (Gym)
- 2:30 – Senior Football – NT vs Central Tech, league game
- 3:45 – Junior Volleyball – NT vs Riverdale, league game(Gym)
- 4:00 – Field Hockey – NT vs East York, tier 2 league game
- View the games from the stands or
- View the outdoor games from the comfort of the Staff Lounge on the second floor, room 229 – 1:00 – 5:30
- Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
- Meet members of the NT Foundation, student athletes and current and retired staff and coaches.
- Confirmed Coaches: Mr Johnston, Russell, Beckett, Smith and Doyle
- Vintage swag should be available in limited quantities.
- Better still, why not wear one of your old vintage jackets or sweaters or cap or bandana??
- Self guided tours of the school: check out the glory boards, new trophy cases, alumni courtyard and new facilities.
- NTCI Alumni Class (year) Rep Workshop — 4:30 – 5:15
- The Athletic Council ( NTAA formeroy the BAA & GAA) will be setting up a BBQ with hot dogs for sale by the field. Come and reconnect with old pals and see red and grey day on our own premises!!!
- Perhaps the 1976 senior football team, celebrating their 40th anniversary of winning the city championship, will make it to the football game and reception!!
- Post game reception at the Granite Brewery — 5:00 – 7:30
- Southeast corner of Mt Pleasant and Eglinton
- Free underground parking
- Finger Food
Hope you can make it to the homecoming!!!! Spread the word!!
Missing the camaraderie and fellowship with classmates at NTCI?
Did you miss some people you wanted to reconnect with at the 100th Reunion in May 2012?
The Foundation knows that most strong alumni associations rely on the existence of vibrant class organizations. We know that several NT classes have been able to maintain their contacts over the years. The Foundation would like to encourage and support this concept by fostering the growth of class rep organizations.
To this end we we are sponsoring a workshop at the school for those NTCI alumni who are currently involved in organizing get-togethers for their classmates, and those who would like to have closer contact with their former classmates.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Red and Grey Day)
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: NTCI, exact location TBA (meet in staff lounge – 2nd floor)
This workshop will be led by Martha Drake, Executive Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Schools.
If you are interested in attending this workshop or if you would like help in connecting with your classmates—and organizing a class rep organization—please contact Stan Pearl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Cain (email@example.com).
We all know that NT grads are out in the world making a difference. Just as we were finalizing our content for this issue, we received the following inspiring report from Harry McMurtry (’81) and knew it simply had to be shared among the NTCI alumni community:
My first day at NTCI was 40 years ago. These many years later, my connection to the school and its alumni remains as strong as ever. My NTCI roots run deep: I spent five years at the old campus; my mother attended the school as did all five of my siblings; and I keep in touch with dozens of its graduates. NTCI was (and still is) a special place. More importantly, it produces special people.
One of those special people is Sue (Lougheed) Thompson (’83). On May 7, 2016, Sue and I will embark on our quixotic journey from New York City to Toronto to raise money for Parkinson’s research. The walk is the centrepiece of a project called 500 Miles for Parkinson’s, which is also aimed at boosting awareness of this neurological condition. Both Sue and I have been diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). We will be joined on the 500-mile walk by Dr. Ross Sugar of Baltimore, MD, who also has YOPD. We created a video to promote the walk (https://youtube/WQSd4KjK4xI). (The video was made before Sue and Ross joined the team.) The walk will be preceded by a launch event in New York City on May 6, and followed by a celebration in Toronto on June 22. To learn more about the walk and related events, please visit our website: fivehundredmiles.org.
Few schools, public or private, can boast of more successful
alumni than NTCI. I do not think that this occurred by accident. I believe that the values instilled at NTCI serve its graduates well throughout their adult years: pursuit of excellence, creativity, diligence, community engagement, and empathy. All of these values have contributed to the creation, organization, and anticipated success of 500 Miles for Parkinson’s.
NTCI alumni have infiltrated every aspect of 500 Miles:
- Financial support: Ian Hull (’81), Janet (Macrae) MacInnis (’55), Andy Filipiuk (’81), Ria (Macrae) McMurtry (’52), James Swayze (’82)
- Graphic art: Bernice Lum (’82)
- Volunteer coordination: Kirsten Sixt (’83) and Julie Cowan (’83)
- Administrative support: Lisa Pen (’82)
- Organizational support: John McKay (’81), Adriana Christopoulos (’81), Ben Hawkins (’81), Phil Hargreaves (’81) and Geoff Linton (’81)
- One of our celebrity ambassadors, Ashley (Nicoll) Holzer, attended NTCI.
- We are also receiving support from across the continent: Jim Maedel (’81) in Vancouver; and Harvey Levine (’81) and Simon Halls (’82) in Los Angeles.
You too can participate in this undertaking. You can become a sponsor, donate, buy tickets to an event, or volunteer. I believe that participating in charitable activities has concurrent benefits: it advances the cause; it makes your community stronger; it strengthens friendships; and it nourishes your soul. At the very least, it spreads a little of that Red and Grey magic.
—Harry McMurtry (’81)
The 70th edition of Maytime Melodies featured a wonderful performance of Mozart’s Requiem (Friday and Saturday) featuring Emily D’Angelo (NT’12) who was a winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals. . The Gala Event on Saturday (the first Saturday performance in a number of years) was hosted by NT graduates and included a song auction in addition to the class glee choirs.
All 3 nights of Maytime Melodies are available (as are the 2014 & 2015 performances) on Youtube:
Red and Grey Day
A number of alumni have always attended the Red and Grey game – but now with our own field, the Foundation will be hosting an annual alumni event. Next R&G Day is October 23, 2014!
- October 16, 2013
Several Foundation members joined current team members and alumni in the staff room to warm their toes and share stories and refreshments.
The day featured Soccer, Football and Basketball games, the marching band, and students adorned in their red and grey.
Look for a more formal announcement in the next Newsletter and an announcement of the next date in the fall of 2014.
- Fall Fare – Thursday, November 27, 2014
- Maytime Melodies – May 14, 15, 2015
NTCI Annual Athletics Fundraiser
Following the 100th anniversary golf tournament, a number of alumni decided to make it an annual event!
- Sunday, May 26, 2013
Cardinal Golf Club
$150 including breakfast and lunch
Proceeds towards our championship banners for the new gym.
Tournament Poster and information