Laurie School: 0050.0887


            Laurie School was officially opened on January 12, 1962 by Dr. J.F.K. English, Deputy Minister of Education.  At the ceremony were Mr. A.C. Draper, Chairman of the Board of School Trustees; Mr. D. McPhee, Principal and Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Laurie representing the family for whom the school was named.

            The land was originally owned by Mrs. Janet Laurie and used to be a poultry farm.

            The Laurie family were among the earliest settlers in Cranbrook.  Mr. and Mrs. John Laurie had ten children (nine boys and one girl) which were known as “The Laurie Baseball Team and Annie.”

            Construction started on June 23, 1960 by C.J. Oliver Construction Limited.  A contest was held to name the new school and Kenneth Delamont and Vera Oliver were each awarded $5 for their winning entry.

            The school opened with 372 students and was already overcrowded.

            In 1966 the school became a secondary school for grades 8 to 10 with four more classrooms added.

            The school has recently undergone another renovation and currently enrolls 460 students.

            In order to celebrate the 30th Anniversary we will be having a small party on Friday, January 10 at noon in the school gymnasium.

0050.0887: Laurie School

Laurie School celebrates 30 years of education on the site of an old poultry farm owned by the Laurie family.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  January 9, 1992
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Daily Townsman
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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