Duncan MacMillan High School
|Duncan MacMillan High School|
DMHS in June 2017
|481 Church Point Road
Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, B0J 3B0
|School type||High school|
|Motto||Home of the Eagles|
|Founded||22 November 1963|
|School board||Halifax Regional School Board|
|Enrollment||159 (May 2017)|
|Language||English, Integrated French|
|Colour(s)||Gold and Black|
|Mascot||Eddy the Eagle|
Duncan MacMillan High is the smallest high school in the Halifax Regional School Board, but it has the largest geographical area for bussing. Duncan MacMillan hosts grades 7–12 and teaches 159 students. DMHS has one feeder school, Lakefront Consolidated School in Tangier. As of 2016-17, the school's administrative team consisted of Principal Ronnie Reynolds and Vice Principal Mike McWatters. In addition, there are 20 teaching staff and 12 support staff. Although DMHS is small in student population, it does provide the courses necessary for any post-secondary program. Throughout both junior and senior high, there is a continuing option for students to follow the Integrated French program in which French Language Arts (FLA) and Sciences Humaines (Social Studies) are presented in French, with the remaining courses being taught in English. In addition to the services provided directly by the Halifax Regional School Board, DMHS is also provided service by the Nova Scotia Health Authority via the Youth Health Centre under the coordination of Darlene Rasmussen, RN, and Laurette McGaughey, a youth social worker who serves DMHS and its feeder schools.
In 2013, the HRSB began a plan that would eventually see all of the DMHS feeder schools closed, the present DMHS building vacated and possibly demolished, and in their place would be a single new school somewhere in Sheet Harbour serving grades primary through 12. Sheet Harbour Consolidated School (SHCS), a previous feeder school of DMHS, was closed and demolished in 2017 to make way for the new school. DMHS currently hosts the students of SHCS and will host them until the new school is opened, and DMHS is closed.
Duncan MacMillan High School teaches 159 students and the building has an area of 48,091 ft2. There are four administrative personnel, 20 teaching staff and 12 support staff. The principal of DMHS is Ronnie Reynolds and the Vice Principal is Mike McWatters. The school currently has two feeder schools: Sheet Harbour Consolidated School, and Lakefront Consolidated School in Tangier. A third feeder school, Eastern Consolidated School, in Moser River, used to be active but it was closed in September 2015 as a consequence of very low student population issues. The school's official mascot is Eddy the Eagle, the team name is the Eagles and the school's official colours are gold and black. Integrated French is offered, but not mandatory, as a course in both junior and senior high. Students in the program are taught French Language Arts (FLA) and Sciences Humaines (Social Studies) in Canadian French, while they are taught less English Language Arts (ELA). DMHS is also served by the Nova Scotia Health Authority via the school's Youth Health Centre, which is under the coordination of RN Darlene Rasmussen.
The school officially was opened on the night of 22 November 1963. It was named after Dr. Duncan MacMillan, a Sheet Harbour doctor who sparked the interest in building the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour. When DMHS was opened, there were 21 teachers. In the old high school, they had 12 staff members, but with students coming in from Moser River and Tangier, they needed to increase the staff.
New school plan
In 2013, the HRSB began a plan that would eventually see all of the DMHS feeder schools closed, the present DMHS building vacated and possibly demolished, and in their place will be a single new school serving grades primary through 12 in Sheet Harbour. SHCS was closed to further the construction, and the students were relocated to DMHS and will be until the opening of the new school.
- "Duncan MacMillan High". Halifax Regional School Board. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Staff Directory". Duncan MacMillan High School. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- Howard Coady's book Sheet Harbour a History: From the Notes of an Old Woodsman Chapter 1
- From the notes of Norman Deale.
- "School Review Committee Response - Sheet Harbour Consolidated Elementary - January 2013" (PDF). Halifax Regional School Board. Retrieved 20 November 2015.