DAVID Griffin, the oldest surviving principal of Orange High School, has nothing but fond memories of his time there.
Mr Griffin, who still lives in Orange, will visit his old workplace this weekend as part of Orange High School’s centenary celebrations.
Mr Griffin was principal from 1983 until 1985 but had taught at the school previously.
He said he had the most memorable experiences of his teaching career at Orange High School.
“Orange High School was the jewel in the crown of the western area,” Mr Griffin said.
“It was an absolutely top high school.”
Mr Griffin remembered his students fondly.
“They really knew how to behave and were very courteous,” he said.
“They had a high level of scholastic achievement.”
Mr Griffin said the high school always had a strong sense of identity.
“The children were proud of who they were and their school,” he said.
He said the school’s staff was exceptional and dedicated to the students.
“Every master and teacher knew their job and performed it diligently,” he said.
Mr Griffin retired after leaving Orange High and is happy to have finished his career on such a high.
As part of the weekend’s centenary celebrations, Orange High will open its gates from 9.30am on Saturday while there are activities planned for the whole weekend.
l A feature to coincide with the celebrations will be published in this week’s Midstate Observer, out Thursday, and Friday’s CWD.