The Taylor Family is a rare breed because five generations within the family have either attended, or been involved in governing, the school. It starts with Henry James Taylor who was on the Board of Directors (later changed to Board of Governors) in 1899, then Henry Thornton Taylor OR ’12, Henry Thornton Crozier “Cro” Taylor OR ’40, Timothy N. Taylor OR ’68, Tim’s children Kate OR ’95 and Geoff OR ’97. Tim’s sister Terry married Terry Mactaggart OR ’62 and two of their children went to Ridley - Jennifer OR ’89 and Andrew OR ’93. The Taylor name is synonymous in St. Catharines with Taylor and Bate Brewery, founded in 1834 by James Taylor, grandfather to Henry Thornton Taylor. The Brewery was a fixture in St. Catharines until it closed its doors during Prohibition in 1935. Cro Taylor was actively involved in performance and creative writing while attending the school; a passion that must have carried over after he left the school as he won the National Oratorical Contest of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel in 1949. His prize winning speech, “We Are for Freedom” was later delivered over the CBC’s coast-to-coast network. He was a fighter pilot in the RCAF 440 Squadron in WWII and later became an insurance executive, hotelier and craft brewer. His son, Tim, attended the school in the 1960’s and was one of the pioneers in the rowing programme. At that time, Cro was President of the Old Boys’ Association, helped start the Ridley Boat Club and generated funds to build an indoor training tank in the old Pest House. Thus began the evolution of off-season rowing training at Ridley. In 1968, Cro arranged for the heavy eights to participate in the Henley Royal Regatta in England – Tim was a member of the crew. Both of Tim’s children, Kate and Geoff, and Terry’s children, Jennifer and Andrew, were involved in the rowing programme. Geoff, like his dad, rowed for Ridley in the Henley Royal Regatta in 1996; Kate was one of the successful “Nick’s Chicks”; Jennifer was the first female cox at Ridley; and Andrew stroked the heavy eights to Gold twice at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships (School Boy). Both Jennifer and Andrew went on to row nationally and internationally at university. In 1995 Kate achieved the coveted Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.