Ahuntsic School opened as a Protestant School Commission elementary school in 1922; it was built the previous year
On Sept. 3, 2023, I received a message through the Preserved Stories website asking if I knew when Ahuntsic Elementary School, which we’ve spoken about previously at this website, was opened.
I could not find the information using a Google search. I decided to leave a message at the Montreal Past and Present Facebook group. I am pleased to say that, from a message at the latter Facebook group, I learned the following details from a brief article in The Gazette of Sept. 2, 1922:
Two hundred pupils will be accommodated at the Ahuntsic School, 6101 St. Lawrence Boulevard. This school is opened under the auspices of the Protestant School Commission, due to the annexation of this territory from the School Commission of Sault au Recollet. The building is only a year old. With the taking over of this school, the protestant School Commission now has jurisdiction over all the Protestant schools within the limits of the city of Montreal.
I’m reminded of what we’ve shared previously about Cartierville School:
As part of my quest to answer the question about the opening date, contacted a former student from Ahuntsic School, Barbara Sayfy (MCHS 1970). I am pleased to post the following comments (having received permission from Barbara Sayfy) outlining details about the school:
As my family lived in Ahuntsic (a lovely community in north end of Montreal) within walking distance to Ahuntsic Elementary School, that was my elementary school until grade 6. My older brother who is 2 1/2 years older than me went there as well. Then we moved to New Bourdeaux and I went to Glencoe Elementary for Grade 7 (then onwards to MCHS for grades 8 to 11 inclusive). I graduated from MCHS in 1970. I started at Ahuntsic in kindergarten – year 1959 – and my older brother would have started there in 1956.
The one thing I do recall is that when we had recess there were two separate playground areas – one for the girls and the other for the boys. We were not allowed to mingle during recess even though our classrooms were co-ed. How strange to think back then in the early 60’s this was their policy. I ended Grade 6 there in 1965. I do recall that Ahuntsic was a large school and took up the majority of the corner situated at Henri-Bourassa and St. Laurent Blvd.
I am most thankful that the Montreal Past and Present Facebook group has enabled me to track down the information about when the school was opened. We owe many thanks as well for Barbara Sayfy for the details from years ago that she has shared with us.
Previous posts about Ahuntsic neighbourhood
The photo which I have posted is from a post entitled:
Among other posts of interest – with regard to the history of elementary schools associated with Malcolm Campbell High School – is a post entitled: