Prepared by Ms Sellars; (Source of information – 75th Anniversary Brochure; conversations with community) and edited by V.Carrière for update (2022)
1912: no schools in East part of Kerrisdale. Children attended “Eburne Superior School” at 67th Avenue and Cartier
Ungraded class met at 47th Ave and East Boulevard
May 1912: Point Grey School Board awarded contract for 8 room steel and concrete school corner of Magee Road and Cypress
1914: School opened with 31 High School Students later joined by elementary school students. Upper floor school was called Kind George V. The Public School Students were Magee Public School, Mr. Hugh McDonald (principal) and Miss Jessie McDonald (teacher)
WWI: 1918: more people moved to Kerrisdale. A two room bungalow was built at 46th and Maple Street. Mr. William McDonagh was principal.
1924: New school built at North end of grounds called Maple Grove. High School was called Magee.
1925 (Jan): New school opened with 13 Divisions
1925: Sept. Mr. Oliver Lacey became principal.
1926: 11 additional classrooms were added.
1928: Point Grey High School Opened. Student in grade 7 and 8 went there.
1929: Point Grey municipality amalgamated with Vancouver and administered under Vancouver School Board
1939-1949: Platoon system organized by Mr. Lacey for Grade 3 and up. Home room teachers taught the 3 Rs. Other classes were taught in special rooms. Two rooms (now 206 and 208) were made into a small auditorium and a classroom was fitted for visual education.
1939-1945: decrease in enrollment.
June 1945: Enrollment 511
1940: by this date Maple Grove had an annex which became Sir William Osler School in 1954
1953: Enrollment 982. Four large classrooms, staffroom a lunch room and an auditorium/gymnasium were built at North end of the school.
1957: 4 Kindergarten classes at Maple Grove
1949 – 1966: Mr. Walter Hardwick principal
1963: Demolition of older homes in neighbourhood provided room for expansion of Magee Rugby Field and a track and field facility
1964: Grade 7 students stayed at Maple Grove and Grade 8 students went to Magee instead of Point Grey
1969: Library constructed
1972: Upper floor 4 large classrooms converted to an open area.
1983: Office complex expanded and remodeled.
1980’s and 1990’s: School population fluctuated with demographic changes.
1994: 5 district English as Second Language classes. School enrollment 540
1999: School enrollment 399
1995-1990: School Mission Statement Developed and school motto “A Community of Learners”
Mission Statement: Maple Grove fosters excellence, lifelong learning, innovation and a positive sense of well-being in a community based on mutual respect”
2003: Full heating and ventilation system upgrade
2004: Montessori program opened with one Kindergarten and one Grade 1 class.
School Enrollment 410
2010: Montessori Program Complete with enrollment of first Grade 7 class
2015: Maple Grove completes the PDR phase of seismic upgrading
2016: Ministry of Education announces $24.4 million new seismic project. The Computer Lab is turned into a classroom; Open Area now used as classroom space. Maple Grove becomes 22 divisions.
March 2020: Covid-19 Pandemic. Move to online learning.
2020-2021: The Covid-19 Pandemic continues. Many Maple Grove students continue with online learning, while the majority comes back to in-school instruction.
End of 2020: Opening of and move to the new Maple Grove building at 1924 45th Avenue, Vancouver.
January 2021: The old Maple Grove building is now being used as a swing site for other schools undergoing seismic upgrades. The first school to move there is Edith Cavell.
2021-2022: The Covid-19 Pandemic continues, but all students are to return for in-school instruction.
MAPLE GROVE PRINCIPALS
1913-1920 – Mr. Hugh McDonald
1920 – 1925 – Mr. William McDonagh
1925 – 1949 – Mr. Oliver Lacey
1949 – 1966 – Mr. Walter Hardwick
1966 – 1968 – Mr. Walter McGown
1968 – 1973 – Mr. Robert Poole
1973 – 1978 – Mr. Rae Bates
1978 – 1984 – Mr. Reno Stradiotto
1984 – 1986 – Mr. Alistaire Fraser
1986 – 1988 – Mr. Al Garneau
1989 – 1994 – Mr. Mark Procter
1994 – 2000 – Dr. Floriana Albi
2000 – 2002 – Ms. Cathy Gruneland
2002 – 2004 – Mrs. Bev Price
2004 – 2009 – Dr. Eileen Phillips
2009 (Jan) – 2015 – Ms. Stephanie Sellars
2015 – present – Mr. Peter Evans