Eastern Shore District High School

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Eastern Shore District High School
Eastern Shore District High School (crest).jpg
35 West Petpeswick Road
Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, B0J 2L0
School type Public High school
Motto Consilio Et Animis
(By Wisdom and Courage)
Founded 1965
School board Halifax Regional School Board
Administrator Kimberly Gaetz
Principal Jen Murray
Grades 10, 11, 12
Enrolment 460 (2015)
Language English
Area Lake Echo - Ship Harbour
Colour(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Fisherman
Team name Schooners

Eastern Shore District High School is a Canadian public school in the Musquodoboit Harbour area east of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is operated by the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB).

Eastern Shore District High School opened to students in September 1965. The two student populations were combined to form the new school, the first were those from Robert Jamieson High School in Oyster Pond,: the second were those students who lived in the communities of Lake Echo, Porters Lake and Chezzetcook who had been attending Graham Creighton High School. The arrival of the 600 students essentially doubled the population of Musquodoboit Harbour. Musquodoboit Harbour in 1965 was being viewed as a viable alternative to city living. The following quote ran in the Dartmouth Daily Press on July 8, 1965 once the residence of the people who were born there who did business in the district, the Harbour is now largely an outpost of commuters, navy people, Dalhousie professors, businessmen, shipyard workers. It has also become a favorite place for retirement, and probably one of the reasons has been, besides the well-settled, well-serviced village, the hospital itself which has been open since 1949. In 1979, a junior high school opened in Gaetz Brook. From that point on Eastern Shore High was used for grades ten to twelve, with grades seven, eight and nine attending Gaetz Brook Junior High.[1] As of 2007, ESDH has two feeder schools, Gaetz Brook Junior High, and Oyster Pond Academy.

The school mascot is a fisherman and sports teams are the Schooners. The school colours are gold and blue.

ESDH fields sports teams in ice hockey, wrestling, track & field, fastball, softball, soccer, rugby and basketball.

ESDH has many active clubs as well, including Extra-Curricular Concert and Jazz Bands, Robotics, Debate, Musical Theatre, and GSA amongst others. The school also boasts an active, respected Student Council. Current council is composed of roughly 30 councillors. The School is currently undergoing renovations, including a new gymnasium, lobby, office spaces, and parking lot. These are expected to be completed in August 2016. The School maintains the yearly tradition of the ESDH Walk-a-thon. Students must raise a minimum of $25 and walk 12 km of the Musquodoboit Trailway. This is the school's largest fundraiser of each academic year. The walk is followed by a barbecue, and many activities around the school grounds organized by the Student Council. The 2015 Walk-a-thon occurred on the 14th of October, with a fundraising goal of $10,000.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Steve Giles, class of 1990, Olympic Bronze medal canoer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Chad Doucette, class of 2006, contestant on CTV's "Canadian Idol" the same year he graduated


  1. ^ Social Anchors of Community: Church, Rink and School in Post War Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia

Coordinates: 44°46′56″N 63°09′12″W / 44.782190°N 63.153224°W / 44.782190; -63.153224