Rob MacDougall, artist, and sportsman, graduated from T. A. Blakelock in 1977. Interestingly, he failed Grade 12 Art because of "lack of effort!" Wishing to pursue a career in art, he financed his way through the Ontario College of Art from the earnings of his own roofing business. He graduated from the OCA with a PDF Award for Art Design. MacDouglall joined the Toronto Sun as a sports and political cartoonist.
His career as an artist for athletes lead to contacts with many sports figures including Don Cherry, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and many more.
Rob loved high school and thought T.A. Blakelock High School was the best in Oakville. He loved sports and socializing. He also admitted to being impulsive.
Rob did not make his desire to be an artist too public at TAB, "It was a secret of mine, An artist was considered "flaky", I was a sports guy."
On success, Rob suggests students follow their God-given talent, have fun with what you're doing, and to develop "sticktoitness, a word not in the dictionary but crucial to success."