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Chapter Four: 1931 – 1950

April 24, 2017

High School Cadets on Parade (1944).   The two decades beginning in 1931 were dominated by two events: a disastrous stock market crash on October 24, 1929, which triggered a lasting global economic depression, and a six-year world war which began on September 01, 1939, following Germany’s invasion of Poland. These events threw Canada [...]

Chapter Three: 1911 – 1930

April 24, 2017

Vancouver Technical High School as it looked shortly after it opened in 1928. For many years, it was the largest technical school in Western Canada. Only boys attended the school until 1940, when it became co-educational.   Introduction This period was marked by ‘boom and bust’ cycles in the global economy, a brutal world war, and a [...]

Chapter Two: 1891 – 1910

April 19, 2017

Vancouver High School: Senior Class (1892)   1. Introduction  During these two decades, Vancouver experienced a population explosion and rapid economic growth. Government restrictions on immigration dictated that the ethnic character of the population remain white and English speaking. Many new elementary schools were built, as well [...]

Dawson Annex School

January 13, 2016

By Greg Wasko Back in the day if you were growing up in the west end of Vancouver you were either a Roberts kid or a Dawson kid depending on which elementary school you attended, Lord Roberts or Sir William Dawson. I was a Dawson kid and started kindergarten at Dawson Annex School located at the corner of Burrard and Barclay in September of 1957. [...]

Vancouver High School

June 3, 2015

The story of Vancouver’s first high school, named Vancouver High School, unfolded in four school buildings. Central School (January –June, 1890): On July 15, 1890, Vancouver High School Principal Robert Law, former Principal of East School, reported that “during the last six months I have been teaching a class of thirty-one, possessing more [...]

Chapter One: 1872 – 1890

June 3, 2015

 Hastings sawmill built on the south shore of Burrard Inlet by Captain Edward Stamp in 1865.   “Although he would not live to see it, the visionary sawmill on Burrard Inlet that Stamp started would reign as Vancouver’s first and longest lasting industry into the 20th century, paralleling the history of the developing world of [...]

Percy Williams – Olympic Gold Medallist

June 1, 2015

Percy Williams, one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes, was a student at King Edward High School.  After being stricken with rheumatic fever when he was 15, he was advised to avoid demanding physical activity. However, not wanting to avoid a school PE requirement, he began participating in track events, where he excelled in sprints. Williams [...]

Portrait of Georgia Sweney (1872)

June 1, 2015

Click photo for full-size view. “Hastings Mill School’s first teacher was the daughter of the master mechanic of the mill. She had come to British Columbia from New York when she was an infant and had been educated in the Girl’s Seminary, Victoria, returning to Hastings Mill to assume her teaching duties. That she was young and pretty and [...]
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