Holly (McCurdy) Dunn '88

Holly Dunn can’t help but tear up when she reminisces on her years spent at Halifax Grammar School. As a member of the 17-person graduating class of 1988 she happily recounts her fondest memories from nearly thirty years ago. Class canoe trips to Keji, learning German and Latin, studying French philosophy and creating lasting friendships with her classmates and teachers are amongst the most memorable. 

"Grammar is a very close-knit environment. The teachers are extremely well qualified but also very attentive and kind with their students. When I go into the school it has a very warm, family feeling and it’s a time in my life that made me who I am today."

This unique atmosphere has not changed since her time spent at Grammar and continues to be an active part of her daily life. Her two daughters both attend Grammar and are currently in grades 6 and 9. She’s frequently reminded of the academic excellence when her daughters come home and tell her about what they’re learning. The sense of camaraderie is reflected as she proudly remarks that despite being in a lower grade, her youngest daughter recently helped the older students during their campaign for head girl and head boy. As Holly says, “they’re in it together”, and it’s that community atmosphere that seems to transcend age and academics that she hopes will continue to thrive.


"When I go into the school it has a very warm, family feeling and it’s a time in my life that made me who I am today."


For her, supporting the Grammar Engaging Excellence Campaign is more than just a donation; it’s supporting an experience that goes far beyond the classroom.

"It gets me right where I live, I feel like it’s the best possible school experience because of that family atmosphere. I am incredibly lucky to be connected with it."