Alberta teachers' graduation video goes viral on YouTube

Teachers at Sherwood Park's Salisbury Composite High School are earning full marks for a music video they created for this year's graduating class.

Creative teachers find viral success for second year in a row

School's (nearly) out for summer! This group of teachers and staff at Sherwood Park's Salisbury Composite High School have found a novel way to say goodbye to their graduating class. (YouTube)

Some teachers at Sherwood Park's Salisbury Composite High School are earning full marks for a music video they created for this year's graduating class.

The video, which features about 70 teachers and staff members decked out in their '80s best, has been viewed more than 50,000 times on YouTube — and the numbers are still climbing.

"It's blown up, but just because it's so much fun," says Brock Dermott, who teaches communications technology at the school.

In the video, staff lip-sync, dance and yes, weld, their way through some of the most recognizable songs of the '80s, including music by Journey, Run DMC, Cyndi Lauper and Queen.

"It is an '80s rock and roll mash-up of some of the best tunes that we had back then," says Assistant Vice Principal Jeff Spady.

Jeff Spady, Brock McDermott and Zena Duguid joined Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly in studio Monday to talk about the unexpected viral success of their video. (CBC)
"Basically it's a bunch of staff at Salisbury having a great time just showing our students that we're not just teachers — that we're also human beings and we like to have fun."

But that fun came with a lot of hard work, says Dermott. It took three or four months of daily morning meetings to plan the video, then a full day to shoot it.

"It was a lot of fun for the staff and a lot of fun for the grad group — just to see the reaction that the kids gave us on the day of the grad."

This isn't the first time the group has found online success. Last year, staff created a lip-synced grad video to Pharrell's "Happy." That video was viewed more than 15,000 times on YouTube.

Now, plans are already in the works for next year's video, and cosmetology teacher Zena Duguid say the pressure is on.

"We've been threatened by the students that we need to come up with something bigger and better for next year."


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