A volunteer group is writing and compiling the history of Burnaby Schools – from 1894 to the present day.
The committee members are Janet White, committee chair and retired languages department head, Harry Pride, retired high school vice-principal, Dave Carter, retired school principal, Gail Yip, local historian and author, and Rosemary Cooke, retired elementary school teacher. Janet, Dave and Gail are also former Burnaby high school graduates.
The Committee is supported by the Burnaby School Board and B.C. Retired Teachers. In addition, the City of Burnaby, through the Heritage Commission, has been a passionate sponsor from the start and will be doing graphic layout and publishing of the book.
Each school library will receive a complimentary copy.
Profits from the sale of the book will go to scholarships for Burnaby High School students.
The focus of this coffee table-style book is not just to publish the histories of the school buildings, but to ‘humanize’ the book by including interesting stories, anecdotes, and personal pictures of sports teams, social events, unusual school rules and customs.
One special section will be dedicated to ‘celebrity sons and daughters’ who attended school in Burnaby.
Contribute a short narrative or picture of either a school experience or memory. It need not be long, 100 words is fine. Please make your submission by April 30, 2012. Send your narrative to
Target date for publication is early next year.