It’s hard to believe, but the picturesque Glenora School that sits at 13520 102 Avenue NW will be celebrating 75 years of educating Edmonton’s children this year. On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, the school will be hosting a public event to celebrate the diamond anniversary of its existence. The day’s festivities will include games that school children would have played on the grounds throughout the decades that the school has existed, a guided tour of the school including the history of the structure and a peak into the life of a Glenora student. Other fun activities that usually accompany a birthday celebration will be available like face painting, activity stations, photo booths and an inflatable obstacle course for local kids to bounce around in. A short ceremony will commemorate the festivities with an official ribbon cutting that will open the school’s brand new playground beginning at 12:00 noon. Free coffee, tea, juice, cake and popcorn will be available throughout the party and several food trucks offering a variety of items for sale will also be around the area.
Glenora School has been a steadfast institution in this city since the building first opened its doors in 1940 and continues to teach area families to this day. Designed by local architect John Rule, the school was built in the Tudor style in order to blend in with the existing homes that were being constructed in the neighborhood at the time. The one of a kind school features extensive brick work, half timbering with rough lumber and peaked roofs that are typical of the architectural style and showcases the excellent craftsmanship that went in to so many Glenora buildings at the time. Initially, the school consisted of 4 classrooms, teacher’s rooms a work room and a clinic, but soon outgrew itself and eventually four more classrooms were added as was a new gymnasium and a library that took the place of the old gym/work room. The new additions fit in seamlessly to the existing structure and provided much needed space for the growing post-war student population.
What better way is there than to spend a wonderful Saturday afternoon, mingling with neighbors, current students and alumni all while celebrating a wonderful milestone in this fabulous Edmonton community? We encourage you to head on down to Glenora and celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends and check out a bit of our city’s history. If you want more information on the events and the school, take a look at the official anniversary website. Want to discover more about the Glenora neighborhood? Take a look at our community page for all the latest Glenora real estate information and find out how you can be part of this historical Edmonton area.