Media Advisory: Westmount High School to mark Kamala Harris’ inauguration

Montreal, January 19, 2021 – While the big party will be taking place in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 20, the students and staff at Westmount High School will be holding a special celebration as one of their own, Kamala Harris, is set to be sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States.

To mark the historic day, while respecting all COVID-19 protocols, Westmount High School students will be streaming the inauguration in their classes. Students will also create a commemorative video which they will share with the community. The school is also expecting to receive items from the United States Consulate General in Montreal to mark the occasion.


Kamala Harris and Joe Biden

At the age of 12, Kamala temporarily relocated to Montreal while her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, took a job teaching at McGill University and did research at the Jewish General Hospital. While living in Montreal, Kamala attended FACE School for one year before attending Westmount High School from 1978 until her graduation in 1981.

The English Montreal School Board and Westmount High School are preparing an official invitation to Vice President Harris to visit her alma-mater during her time in office.

EMSB Chair Joe Ortona and Commissioner Julien Feldman, along with some staff members and students from Westmount High School, will be available to speak with media via  this Zoom link at 1:30 pm:


The EMSB will also make b-roll available.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines. Our network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at


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