Notable Alumni

The following list is by no means complete.  We would be happy to add to it as we become aware of others who should be listed.  Please contact us and send us the pertinent information.


  • Dr. Herb MacRae, principal of Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • Dr. Russell Hatton, president of Atlantic School of Theology
  • Scott Sheffield, chief inspector of schools in Nova Scotia
  • George MacIntosh, Principal, NSTC
  • Dr. J.P. McCarthy, Principal, NSTC and author
  • J.B. Calkin, Principal, NSTC and author
  • Keith MacKay, former chief administration officer for the provincial Department of Education
  • Dr. Jane Norman, director of NSTC’s Child Development Services Training Program
  • Hon. Karen Casey, Minister of Education, Province of Nova Scotia, MLA for Colchester North (alumnus as well as past faculty member)
  • Chalmers Doane, ’61, noted music educator, sometimes referred to as “The father of the Canadian ukulele educational system”
  • Dr. Blye Frank, ’69 – Professor & Dean, Faculty of Education, UBC. Previously Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University and Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University. Scholar and advocate for social justice. Principal Researcher, “Miracles could happen here: An External Review of Cole Harbour District High School”, 1997
  • John Babin, ’49 – Professor of French, St. Francis Xavier University, 1954-1991
  • Sherman England, ’84 – Regional Education Officer, Department of Education and Early Childhood Education
  • Maurice Belliveau, ’49 – Inspector of Schools and Superintendent, Metegan River, NS
  • Elsie Charles Basque (1916-2016), ’37 – first Mi’kmaw person to graduate from Provincial Normal College


  • George Moody, Kings West MLA and provincial government Management Board chair
  • Paul MacEwan, leader of the Cape Breton Labour Party
  • Hon. Karen Casey, ’66 – Minister of Education, Province of Nova Scotia, MLA for Colchester North (alumnus as well as past faculty member)
  • Sen. Earl Urquhart, ’40 – Lawyer, teacher, airman/soldier, politician, senator. MLA for Richmond starting in 1949 – elected 4 terms. Called to Senate in 1966, died in 1971.
  • Sen. Jane Cordy, ’70
  • Arnold McCallum, ’58 – MLA in Northwest Territories serving a term as Minister of the Housing Commission
  • Ray White, ’69 – MLA Guysborough/Port Hawkesbury, 1993-1999; Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs,1998-1999; Premier’s Special Advisor on Literacy; Mayor, Town Of Canso,1979-1993; Principal of Little Dover Hazel Hill School; Principal of Fanning Education Centre

Economic/Social Justice

  • Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, ’01 – a prominent founder of the Antigonish Movement—a people’s movement for economic and social justice that began in Nova Scotia during the 1920s.


  • Alistair MacLeod
  • Roger Brown
  • Elizabeth Murduch Frame


  • Sheila Brand, singer actress
  • Natalie MacMaster, musician
  • Barbara Fris, ’77, Canadian Operatic Soprano
  • Walter Borden, ’64, actor
  • (Dr.) Winnie Chafe, ’55, musician
  • Betty MacMaster Beaton. ’60, musician


  • Dr. Anna Isabell Hamilton, the first woman to graduate in medicine from Dalhousie University


  • Helen MacDougall, the first president of the Nova Scotia Home Economics Association


  • Will B. Pringle, artist, teacher, principal, author, musician