Our GNS Heroes are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the development, advancement, promotion and achievement of the school. They have been courageous risk-takers, shown nobility of character, honesty, passion, integrity, patience, selflessness, caring, and humility. They have been noteworthy leaders as well as great supporters of others, working in harmony to bring balance on the path of higher learning.
As early as 1977 at both Glenlyon and Norfolk House schools, mounting pressures of different types, generated the notion of amalgamation as a thought-provoking idea. In May 1980 a directive was given to both schools to “investigate the possibility of coordination between the two schools” and this started a concerted effort by members of both communities to expand and enhance the possibility of working together. Many hours of investigation, planning, developing proposals, and making decisions, eventually culminated in the completed ratification of The Norfolk House and Glenlyon School Society on 5 March 1986.
With shared similar philosophies, combining the two schools created a natural alliance whereby educational opportunities for the students could be expanded and enriched. In the first years of amalgamation members of the Glenlyon Norfolk community shared a special experience, including David Brooks who took the reins as Headmaster in 1987.
David was a smart RISK-TAKER. With a wealth of education and experience in England and Canada, he arrived from Upper Canada College with a bag full of enthusiasm, effort, resourcefulness, and commitment.
Throughout the years and during the formative years of the new school David along with Peggy Wilmot and Keith Walker remained in close alliance as they supported each other in their leadership roles, all the way until they retired – David retired in 1997.
The contributions and achievements from David have been significant, as well as his connections to former staff, students, parents and Board members remain a valued resource for our community as it continues to successfully grow.
David is truly a Hero of GNS.