|In 1999, I started to collect little trivia items for
my Reunion 2000 Trivia page
This is what I found below, with up to date corrections:
1. During the early years up until the 50's
or so, the 2 big front doors of the school, were reserved for the teachers
only. Students had to use the lower rear entrance at all times.
They were not allowed to enter or exit the
2. First yearbook was called "The Trumpeter" and
was produced for only 1 year. 1939. No yearbook was printed from 1940-1950
due to the War. After 1951 the yearbook became "Re-Echoes" and was
printed up to 1969.
3. The top floor of the original part
of the school was used as auditorium during the years before the present
gym was added in 1947. This area was used as the Science Lab after
1948, and when the west wing was added it was used as a Guidance Room by
Mr. Strange in the mid 60's. Also the Glee Club would practice up
there in mid 60's.
4. Sign on front of ECI says 1912, but
it never opened until
5. Originally ECI was to be built on
CPR property, near the tracks, not the present site.
6. The term "Commencement" was NOT used for
the first three years in ECI. This announcement corresponds to the
present Commencement Programmes.
7. ECI opened for classes Jan 22, 1914
8. There was no official opening of the
Collegiate, no ribbon cutting etc. (This was the rumour, now this
one has turned out to be a bit false, after opening the old 1912
Cornerstone in 2007,
it was discovered there was a celebration and placing of the items in the
Cornerstone)CORNERSTONE LAID BY
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
ON SEPT 20TH, 1912
9. Young street in Estevan was named after
"caretaker" Jimmy Young, who was at the school for 36 years, 1922-1958.
10. MR. J.R. McMonagle, Principal of ECI from
1924-35 ran into a little trouble with the School Board one year and was
to be removed as Principal. The students of the school marched to
the School Board offices in support of their beloved Principal and he was
reinstated with no further problems.
(hard to believe this happened back in the
30's, sounds like the 90's!)
11. 1910 - First High School Board
12. 1916- earliest Collegiate newspaper
found, hand written by the Editor and ready every other Friday at Literary
Periods. Ed Elford Dickson was the first Editor.
13. Oct 1916- First Commencement Exercises
14. 1916- First Awards- Henneberg Shield for
Proficiency and Patterson Cup for Athletics
15. 1917- Collegiate Girls &
Boys Basketball teams formed
16. 1919- July 1- Estevan High School
became Estevan Collegiate Institute
17. 1931-School Monogram designed by
Creighton (Sandy) Bannatyne
18. 1934- first Collegiate Capers organized
under teacher Lefty White's direction
19. 1936- First Initiation Parade
20. 1936- Mr. George Newfeld instituted
S.R.C. (Student Representative Council)
to replace Literary Society (from days of Central School)
21. 1938- Commerce Department started
22. 1939- Jan 22nd, 25th Silver Anniversary
of the school
23. 1945- June -First Formal Graduation
Exercises held in Stone Church
24. 1946- Home Economics and Shop
25. 1947- First Home Economics Dinner
since then usually a fashion show (up to 1964 at least)
26. 1948- December- new Fire Alarm in
27. 1949- Opening of
Gym and Vocational (East) Wing
28. 1950 - Cement sidewalks built in
front of Collegiate, replaced a cinder path
29. 1958- New Academic (West) Wing
and Science Labs opened- 12 rooms
30. 1963- School Coat of Arms designed by Paul
31. Intramural House System was used
for the Athletic Program. E - C - I - A
which stood for E=Eyra, C=Compello, I= Invictus
, & A= Aquilla
32. Name of the ECI Football team?- The
Rebels the first 8 man tackle football team. Formed by Mr. Krueger
and assistant coach Allan Blevins. The JR. Boys had 3 teams the Revs
, the Skiliters and the Royal Rods
33. Name of the Girls Basketball Team?
- The Deuces & the JR. Deuces
34. Name of the Boys Basketball Team?
- The Royals & the JR. Royals
35. Name of the Collegiate Public Speaking
Contest?- The Bryant Oratory
(named after Judge Bryant)
36. In 1908 there was only 3 classes
of High School- Grades 9 & 10 taken in one year, called Third
Class, Grade 11 was Second Class, and Grade Twelve was First Class.
17 subjects in Third Class with no subs.
37. Before water came to the school,
drinking water, pumped from the school well, was in tanks on high wooden
stands and each student made their own drinking cup by folding paper.
waterworks came to ECI in 1925.
38. Original building had 5 classrooms,
plus Science Laboratory, on floors one and two., with auditorium on floor
three and so-called gymnasium in the basement. (note item 3 above) 5 teachers
taught in the school.
39. Collegiate Capers was formed by Athletic
Teams to raise funds for their various projects.
40..A Governor-General visited the School-
Lord Tweeds Muir
(day off of school proclaimed the next day!)
41. An airplane was named Estevan-Oxbow
after students in the area rated highest in purchasing War Savings Stamps.
Miss Anne McGregor christened the plane
42. During WWII patriotic morning ceremonies
were held in each classroom carried out by a flag bearer of the week
presenting the flag while a thought suitable to the times was recited by
43. A tree was planted to celebrate the
coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth ( it died during the drought
of the 30's)
44. A week long art exhibit was held
to purchase the first of the pictures on the walls of the Collegiate
45. 1934- School song written by Harriet
46. 1961- School hymn written by Ron
47. Classrooms were decorated at Commencement
up to late 40's then stopped, due to the extra work required by the Janitor
to clean it all up.
48. Mr Forgay was NOT the Principal
of ECI during his years of service (1956-1969)
for one year, which year was it? (answer on
Teacher page) Mr. Grimson was Principal for this one year.
49. What was unique about Miss Elizabeth
Rogers teaching career (1914-1922) at ECI? (Answer on the
50. The Collegiate cost $47,000 to build
1912- Jan 1914
51. Mr. D.L. Irvine donated the first
School Clock in 1913
52. Opening hour of the school changed
during winter months in the years around 1916-1917, from 9:00AM to 9:30AM.
53. School was closed in 1918 due to
Flu epidemic in the Town
54. Classes were called Forms in the early
55. The Collegiate Band was first formed in
1951, Mr. Hordern as instructor. Then Mr. Strange, then Mr. Hugh Williams
Will add more when I get them, if you know of one please let me know.
56. School song is the tune Washington and Lee Swing, info from Bill Harris