Cheryl Vince’s favourite teachers at Malcolm Campbell High School included a principal and a vice-principal

In a comment at a previous post, Cheryl Vince (MCHS 64) has mentioned her favourite teachers.

I much enjoyed reading the comment – I didn’t know, for example, that Mr. Talbot taught English or that Mrs. Schlutz drove an impressive convertible. I very much like the practice, in the 1960s at Malcolm Campbell High School, of having administrators continuing in a teaching role.

When I was working as a teacher in the Greater Toronto Area in the many decades that followed our high school years, once a teacher became an administrator, that person typically didn’t do any classroom teaching for the rest of her or his career. My sense is that, for many reasons, it’s a great idea for an administrator to continue to teach.

In her comment at a previous post, Cheryl Vince wrote:

My favorite teachers were Mr. Talbot, Principal, for English; Mr. Leroy, Vice-Principal for Latin; Mr. Robert Hill for History; Mr. Lewis for Chemistry; and Mrs. Dunwoodie.

We had a fabulous Czech woman who was one of our PE teachers as well as Mrs. Schultz [actually that was, as noted in the Comments below, Miss Soryl Shulman (later Mrs. Soryl Rosenberg] who impressed us by driving a Jaguar convertible to school.

Any way to get pictures of them up too?

[End of comment]

Here are the pictures, from varied MCHS yearbooks:

When I look at the photos, I think of how much the distinctive personality of each teacher comes across in his or her expression and demeanour. I also note with interest that Mr. Leroy used a fountain pen to sign his name on the copy of the 1962-63 yearbook that I’ve borrowed from Peter Mearns.

It has occasionally been noted that at least some of the teachers at Malcolm Campbell High School in the 1960s were relatively young – in some cases perhaps less than a decade older than the graduating class. If anyone has any updates on any of the teachers, please let us know. It would be great to have some teachers join us at the reunion.

Mr. Talbot, Principal, taught English to Cheryl Vince’s class

Mr. Leroy, Vice-Principal, for Latin

Mr. Robert Hill for History

Mr. Lewis for Chemistry

Mrs. Dunwoodie

Mrs. Jelinek for PE

Mrs. Schlutz for PE


5 replies
  1. Ruth MacLeod
    Ruth MacLeod says:

    Hi Cheryl – my memory does have its moments, but all the teachers you noted were memorable. I recall the PE teacher Miss (Sibyl?) Shulman turned up one morning with the E type Jag, all of us much agog in the windows overlooking the staff carpark. She told us that it was her engagement gift, and she later became Mrs Rosenberg, was still teaching there after we left as I returned to visit her to say I was going into PE. My local spies saw her in Ste Adele – they owned that famous Old Mtl restaurant, and another up north. Mrs Jelinek was the other PE. Mrs Schlutz was the mother of Heinz in our class for many years (they made a decision to change the name spelling). I was in touch with Heinz prob on a trip home 1980, but heard he passed away far too young. Mr Talbot told us in Gr 11 that he missed teaching, and I surmise that the school had settled down in the first 3 years. We were all quite tolerant and well behaved (in my memory) when he could not turn up to teach. I think Rosie met up with him in the school system over the years. Bob Hill introduced himself on his first MCHS as ‘Robert Andrew Hill’ and we soon learned he was quite famous in a band. Don’t ask me to define famous though, as our world was so small in those days. The other day I found my 1964 exam sheets in my yearbook, all but Latin, and cannot believe I would have known what was asked for in chemistry! I showed it to my resident chemist who acknowledged it was suitably challenging. Doesn’t seem like 50 years ago. Ruth

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    At a subsequent post on Jan. 11, 2015, Graeme Decarie has shared the following update:

    It was Miss Soryl Shulman. She married Gibby Rosenberg, a very nice guy. I think she’s back in Montreal now, just back from a month or so in some jungle, building bamboo huts for the homeless. She keeps very busy. Gibby spent a year sailing around the world by himself. He started sailing before they married, working himself up from a Y flyer to a huge yacht, always aiming at the trip around the world.

  3. Sue Robinson (Brady)
    Sue Robinson (Brady) says:

    Hi Cheryl & Ruth – Great reading. You may be interested to know I get together with Virginia Sprogis (Cope) a couple of times a year. She’s an artist living in the Eastern Townships & she used to see Mrs. Dunwoodie there (alias the Dunzel, or Elaine) up until about 6 years ago. Mrs. D was hanging out with Miss Carr at that time. More names from the archive – when I worked for a non-profit in Toronto I recruited Neil Bacon (acct) and Graham Webb (IT) to help us set up & they continued to assist (pro bono) for 10 years. A few years after moving to Vancouver (1998) Dawson Campbell arranged a reunion with Miss Shulman (aka Rosenberg), Jacki Ralph, Barclay Allen & Lynda Spence (Allen), Gail & Linda Ritchie, Audrey Mchaffie, Bruce Wilde & myself. I have a few pictures of this….will find them and figure out how/where to post.

    • Gary
      Gary says:

      Hi Sue! I was just reading the article and happened to remember your name and Virginia’s’ name from the past! My Sister, Karin Lambertz was friends with the both of you. It was many years ago that I used to hang out with Virginia’s brother in Roxboro, where they lived. Hope that all is well and that if you are going to the reunion, we can catch up on the years gone by.
      Best Regards,
      Gary Lambertz


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