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VANCOUVER’S OPEN AIR SCHOOL

March 19, 2018

Vancouver ‘s Open Air School was operated by the Rotary Club.   The first “Open Air” schools appeared in Germany and Britain in the early 1900s. They were seen as playing a key role in eradicating tuberculosis, an often fatal lung disease. Proponents of Open Air schools believed (wrongly, as later research showed) that [...]

The Early History of Britannia High School: 1908 – 1939

February 24, 2018

      This history Of Britannia High School was published in the school newspaper in four installments during October 1938 – May 1939. It is a remarkable story of challenges met, disappointments overcome, traditions celebrated. The contributions of beloved teachers and student heroes are described in detail. The tone is, by [...]

The Vancouver School of Art – A Brief History

January 3, 2018

    Looking south from Victory Square towards Block 37. During 1925 – 1980, the Vancouver School of Art occupied several different sites here.   Timeline: 1925:   The Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts opens on the top floor of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) building at 590 Hamilton Street. 1926:   Charles [...]

The Early Years of the Vancouver Vocational Institute – BUILDINGS AND PROGRAMS

December 28, 2017

THE EARLY YEARS OF THE VANCOUVER VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE The following passages are taken from PART IV of a history of the Vancouver Vocational Institute written by Hans W. Rerup, former Principal of the Vancouver Vocational Institute and published in 1993. The photos are from the Vancouver School Board Photo Archives. (Summary: The reasons why the [...]

The Early Years of the Vancouver Vocational Institute – THE SITE AND ITS HISTORY

December 28, 2017

The following passages are taken from PART III of a history of the Vancouver Vocational Institute written by Hans W. Rerup, former Principal of the Vancouver Vocational Institute, and published in 1993. The photos are from the Vancouver School Board Photo Archives. Summary: The location, surroundings, and legal history of the site (Block 37). [...]

History of the VSB Workshop, written by Pat Ellis (1978)

December 11, 2017

THE            WORKSHOP          STORY The old Workshop – looking into its history – its people – its growing pains – that are what this story is all about. Many people throughout the years have spent a large part of their lives working in and out of the big, not too handsome, grey building. As you look [...]
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