Kamala Harris becomes first Westmount High alum ever elected to American vice-presidency

Come Jan. 20, there will be a (former) Montrealer in the White House.

With Saturday's declaration by numerous American media outlets that Joe Biden has won the American presidency, comes the news that Westmount High alum Kamala Harris will be the U.S.A.'s next vice-president.

“I was extremely happy, proud and also honoured to know Kamala,” said Trevor Williams, a former friend and classmate of Harris'. “I'm happy for the rest of the world and the United States.”

Along with being the first former Montrealer elected to that office, Harris will be the first woman, Indian-American and Black person to assume the vice-presidency. Her alma mater took to Twitter to celebrate the accomplishment and wish her well.

WHS Knight in the White House!! �������� pic.twitter.com/x0NKtHeJp8

— Westmount High (@westmounthigh) November 7, 2020  

She did it. Kamala Harris- so many firsts. WHS Pride ������ https://t.co/3RHPV6WO3J

— Westmount High (@westmounthigh) November 7, 2020

Harris' time living in Montreal as a teenager has been well-documented. She came to the city at age 12 when her mother took a job as a researcher and teacher at McGill University. She lived in Montreal in the late 1970s and early 80s, graduating from Westmount High in 1981.

When Harris was first named Biden's running mate, former classmates recalled her as a focused young woman who was always involved in different activities and as a social butterfly.

On Saturday, Williams called Harris “the right person for the job.”

“She fought for justice when she was in high school and even younger,” he said. “She continues doing it. That's her legacy.” 

Other provincial notables were quick to offer their own congratulations to the one-time Quebecer.

I also congratulate the Vice-President-elect, Ms. Kamala Harris, who spent part of her youth in Montreal.@KamalaHarris , we hope to see you soon. You will always be welcome in Quebec.

— François Legault (@francoislegault) November 7, 2020

The wait was worth it. Congratulations to @JoeBiden! @KamalaHarris, you made history today by breaking another glass ceiling. #election2020

— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) November 7, 2020


Stay up-to-date and in-the-know by subscribing to one of our newsletters