East York’s R. H. McGregor school to celebrate 100th anniversary with Open House on May 27

This archival photo shows an R.H. McGregor class from what is believed to be the 1950s. The East York school hosts its 100th anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, May 27.

East York’s R.H. McGregor Elementary School will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with an Open House on the afternoon of Saturday, May 27.

The school, at 555 Mortimer Ave. just west of Coxwell Avenue, first officially opened its doors in September of 1922.

While the original McGregor school building has since been replaced and the neighbourhood around it has grown, the school is still in the same location.

For 100 years McGregor has been welcoming local elementary school students. The Open House celebrations will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 27 and will include historical displays and “quarter-century rooms” for former students and staff to visit in.

The celebrations will also include tours of the Century School House located at Sammon and Durant avenues, just southwest of the McGregor building.

The Century School House was built as part of an East York Bicentennial Project. It was not actually a real school, but was built in the style of one to show what many such schoolhouses built in the late 1800s across the province once looked like. The building is used for historical lessons for modern-day students.

On May 27, at 2 p.m. there will be a ceremony at the back of the R.H. McGregor school building (in the gym if raining) that will feature speeches, musical performances by current students, a time capsule presentation and a cake cutting.

For more information on R.H. McGregor’s 100th anniversary celebrations, please go to https://sites.google.com/view/rhmcgregor100/home


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