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Victory PS turns 100 – Celebrate the school’s rich history

April 15, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Victory Public School is celebrating a very important milestone this year with their 100th anniversary.

Victory PS’s building was designed by Toronto architects Mr. S.B. and Son and was finished in 1919. The name Victory was given to the school to recognize the end of the First World War.

Victory PS is a school rich with history in the Guelph community. The school has seen so many students and staff members pass through over the last 100 years and has turned out some of the greatest minds in our community. One of the most notable graduates of the school is Donna Strickland; Strickland is the recent recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics.

The school community is very proud of the school’s history and to celebrate has planned a wide variety of activities.

On April 26, the celebration will start with a dance show at John F. Ross CVI’s E.L. Fox Auditorium. The dance will feature some numbers that showcase dance through the decades.

On April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the school will participate in Doors Open Guelph. Community members are welcome to come take a tour of the school at this time. This day will feature a video tour of the school given by former students and staff.

On May 6, Live History, an interactive theatre company, will be at the school to present to current students the history of the school in a fun and engaging manner.

The 59th Annual Dessert party will take place on May 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This year’s theme is celebrating 100 years of Victory PS. The community is invited to attend.

Students and staff are also getting into the spirit of the celebration on May 7 by heading back to 1919. Students and staff will be dressing up in period costumes and running the day as it would have been run in 1919. Former student Jean Little will be on hand that to speak to students. 

Last year in anticipation of the celebration, the school received a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation. This grant was to be used toward an art project designed to teach students about the architectural features of the school. Every student in the school last year was part of this project.

The school is currently collecting items for their 100th anniversary display. Former students and staff can send old school photos and memorabilia to Victory PS for the celebrations.

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