Who was Dr. MacCorkindale?
Dr. Hugh Neil MacCorkindale (Sometimes called Henry Neil
MacCorkindale) served the Vancouver educational system from 1914 - 1954, except
for the three years he was with the Canadian and Imperial armies overseas. He
became a member of the University of British Columbia Senate in 1933, and was
chairman of the Secondary School Curriculum Committee from 1935 -1937. Dr.
MacCorkindale planned for the making of the two million dollar Vancouver
Vocational Institute that is now part of Vancouver Community College. In 1953,
he received the Honourary Degree of Doctor of Law from U.B.C. Dr. H.N.
MacCorkindale was master of ceremonies at the official opening of MacCorkindale
Elementary School on December 8, 1967. It only seemed right to name the first
open-area school in B.C. in his honour.
(The above information was researched by two grade 7
students for a newsletter sometime in the 1990’s.)
The following is from: The Greater Vancouver Book –
written by Chuk Davis, 1997
Dr. H.N. MacCokrindale Elementary - Dr. Hugh Neil
MacCorkindale was a special kind of pioneer. He was a pioneer in novel education
concepts, a superintendent of Vancouver city Schools from 1933 – 54, a member of
the UBC senate and an officer of the Canadian Education Association. A good
person to be naming a school for! ~page 144
Hugh Neil MacCorkindale Educator b. 1888, Owen Sound, Ont.;
d. Jan. 17, 1977. A graduate of U of T, “Dr. Mac” first taught in Ontario
(1906). Came to Vancouver in 1914. Served as an artillery officer in France from
1916-18. Taught at South Vancouver HS (now John Oliver). First principal of new
Point Grey Junior HS (1928-33); superintendent of Vancouver City schools until
retirement in 1954. In his 40 years with the school board and 21 years a
superintendent, he pioneered concepts in education. Member, UBC senate. LL.D
(UBC, 1954) ~page 827