Shaughnessy Elementary School (formerly Prince of Wales Elementary and High School), is celebrating its 100th year! Our school community and Centennial Committee would like to warmly welcome home all of our former students, staff, and families! We are thrilled to announce our Centennial Celebration, and look forward to sharing the honour of celebrating 100 years with you. Whether you spent one year or ten at Shaughnessy Elementary School or Prince of Wales Elementary and High School, please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for a walk down memory lane!
On September 22, 1919, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, laid the foundation stone of the building which would be known as Prince of Wales Elementary and High School. We kept this name until 1960, when growth of the student population necessitated a separate high school and elementary school. The new high school would retain the Prince of Wales name, and from that point forward, our building has been known as Shaughnessy Elementary School.
In the beginning, Prince of Wales Elementary and High School was a home away from home to children from grade one to grade six. Upon graduating grade six, students would move temporarily to Point Grey Middle School for grade seven and eight, before returning to Prince of Wales High School for grades nine through twelve. Since becoming Shaughnessy Elementary School, we have welcomed children from kindergarten through grade seven.
Our school has weathered ups and downs throughout our 100 years. Families came together during the Great Depression, relying on our sense of community to pull through that difficult time. Prince of Wales graduates proudly served in World War II, some making the ultimate sacrifice, others returning home decorated for their exemplary service. With our neighbourhood population dwindling in the 1940s, we faced closure by the Vancouver School Board. Students and families initiated a successful petition campaign to save the school, and we still stand today thanks to their efforts. Through good times and bad, we stick together!
We have navigated much physical change over the last century, including a seismic upgrade, completed in 1998. Today, our iconic exterior stands tall and proud, almost untouched, while our interior has been completely renovated to reinforce the building for safety. Don’t worry, we’re still the school you remember, but our student guides will be ready to give you a tour when you realize the main office isn’t where you left it!
We are excited to see you on September 21, 2019. Please bring your family and your school spirit!
Once again, welcome home!