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This article was published 2/9/2011 (2180 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
IF you graduated from Kelvin High School in the late 1980s, the principal would like to see you in his office.
But instead of disciplining you for skipping Mme. Pruden's French class more than two decades ago -- let's face it, you're a little old for a detention -- he'd like to present you with a $500 reward.
Provided, of course, you can give him a very valuable piece of the school's history -- one of two memorial books produced after the Second World War showing the names of all Kelvin students who had served in the army, navy or air force.
The leather-bound, hand-printed book containing the students with last names from M to Z went missing from a display case near the school's office in 1988 or 1989. The book listing students from A to L is still at the school.
Jim Brown, Kelvin's principal, said he's hoping to have the missing book returned before the school's 100th anniversary next May, no questions asked.
"We don't know how it left. Was it somebody from the building? In talking to some of the teachers here, they did a lot of searching and put out a lot of feelers but they came up short of a diamond," he said.
Brown said the school's authorities looked into reproducing the lost book a few years ago but discovered the printing costs were a little more than they expected.
The school's anniversary committee has taken up the torch by coming up with the reward money in the hopes some former student, or perhaps their parents, have seen the book sitting in the basement and wondered what it's doing there.
"It's important to have it back. It's a piece of Kelvin's history. We're hoping it's somewhere. Maybe this (reward) will jog somebody's memory or ring a bell somewhere," Brown said.
Brown said he's expecting thousands of Kelvin alumni to descend upon the Winnipeg Convention Centre when the school celebrates its 100th anniversary next May 25 to 27. Graduates will also be able to tour the school, check out their old homerooms and lockers and see if the cafeteria's fries and gravy are still as delicious as they remember.
Brown said the school will do its best to contact high-profile alumni to invite them to the festivities, too. Neil Young, for example, came to the school's 75th anniversary.
Other well-known alumni include Gerry Schwartz, co-founder of Canwest Global Communications, three-time Stanley Cup winner Mike Keane and Gail Asper, champion of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.