General Wolfe School Celebrates 100 Years

May 19, 2010 has been selected as the date for General Wolfe School's Centennial Celebration and a great event is being planned for all current and former Wolfe students and staff.

All former students and staff are encouraged to register now to attend the Wolfe Centennial Celebration on May 19 (4 PM to 8 PM). 

Registration is available online at http://wolfe100.duetsoftware.ca or by contacting the school at 604-713-4912.

In order to make the evening even more special, classrooms will feature displays of Wolfe memorabilia from each decade of the last 100 years.  If you have any of the following items and would be willing to lend them for the celebration, please email the planning committee.  All loaned items will be returned following the birthday celebration.

  • class photos prior to 1960
  • photos of school events
  • photos of the school building prior to 1960
  • school awards: certificates. plaques, or trophies
  • school uniforms
  • CDs, videos, or movies of school events
  • notebooks or textbooks prior to 1960
  • school projects or artwork
  • report cards prior to 1960
  • any other Wolfe School memorabilia

Memorabilia items can be delivered to the school office at 4251 Ontario St,  between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Or, items can be delivered to Tammy Mainman (Swan) at 37 Peveril Ave. (604-874-9750)

Wolfe school

A century ago, the municipality of South Vancouver was a booming district.  Large, brick-faced schools were being built as the population skyrocketed.  Nestled in the area behind Little Mountain (Queen Elizabeth Park) was General Wolfe School.  Children from as far north as 16th Avenue made the journey to school each day and the school quickly grew.

Indeed, school growth was so immediate that new wings were added to the original building in 1912, just two years after the initial construction.  It was a boomtime for Vancouver and the new school quickly established itself in the heart of the Riley Park area.  From the earliest days it has been a multicultural community serving families from around the world.  The school's first principal, Mr. A. H. Macdonald, served at Wolfe for 30 years!

For 100 years now, the General Wolfe family has grown and made itself known throughout the world. During World War II, students made toy ducks to raise money for children in England. For many decades, the students have regularly raised funds to support needy children around the world.  The school has been known for high academic standards and a wide variety of program offerings.

Making toys in 1940's

Wolfe students have served Canadians in politics, medicine, law, the arts, the military, and countless other ways.  Many of them will be returning to Wolfe for the Centennial Celebration on May 19 for an opportunity to re-connect and remember.  Students from as far back as the 1920s have already indicated that they will be "coming home" for the evening.

There will be something for everyone on this special evening. The school will be decorated with centennial memorabilia and there  will be  musical presentations by Wolfe students and the Eric Hamber Jazz Band.  

Of interest to many will be the Centennial Car Display - an amazing collection of cars built in each decade from 1910 to the present and the Centennial Bus displaying 100 years of Vancouver transit.   This rolling museum offers a unique glimpse into the evolution of transportation over 100 years.


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