Niagara Gazette


June 24, 2013

HIGGS: Trott Vocational lesson continues


Niagara Gazette — In 1977, Gazette reporter Paul Westmore wrote that “Trott had become the most elite high in the city.” Over 710 students had registered but only 600 could be accepted. “So we only take the best” he added.

Trott kept adding courses such as appliance servicing, horticulture, millwrights and others retaining the popular carpentry, practical nursing, and cosmetology and auto body repairs among others. Increased tourism added to the enrollment in the food service courses. Mandatory curriculum was also provided for the physically handicapped and other special needs students. Earth Day was celebrated each April and during May students were allowed to eat lunch outside on the lawn. Windows were replaced during 1970 giving the school a more modern look.

Fear began emerging; some calling Trott “a factory” and students worried about the BOCES threat as they took pride in their school and praised the small student-teacher ratio. Next time we look at the 1980s which included some dark days and the end of an era.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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