If you’re an Isaac Brock School alumnus, or have a parent or grandparent who is, Gordon McBean wants you to start sifting through your personal records.
Since fall, McBean has collected and digitally archived more than 2,000 items mapping out the school’s past and wants to add to that tally ahead of the school’s 100th anniversary celebrations in May.
"History is important, to show people how the school has grown, how people lived and what the community was like," said McBean, who attended the school from 1957 to 1967.
McBean and the school’s anniversary committee have been collecting everything from old yearbooks, crests, vests, and student group photographs from the school’s days of yore.
In particular, the group is looking to fill in gaps of the school’s history between 1913 and 1930, as well as the 1950s, McBean said.
As older generations of alumni pass away, the memorabilia is at risk of disappearing, and the school wants to preserve and display those items while it can, he said.
"It’s one opportunity to preserve the heritage of our school," McBean said.
Named after Major-General Isaac Brock, who defended Upper Canada from American invasion during the War of 1812, the school was built in 1913, a three-and-a-half-storey brick edifice that has since been declared a heritage site by the City of Winnipeg.
The school will celebrate its centennial May 23 to 25 with a student concert, wine and cheese event, an open house and a dinner and dance. McBean hopes to have as much of the memorabilia on display as he can.
The upcoming centennial has created a buzz among students in the nursery to Grade 9 school, Principal Sherry Anderson said.
The school recently held a heritage fair where students displayed research projects they undertook on the school’s history.
Students and staff have also designed, kiln-fired and painted tiles celebrating a piece of the school’s history, which are slowly being mounted along the school’s hallways, Anderson said.
"The idea is everyone leaves their mark on the school," said Anderson, in her fifth year as principal at the school.
The school is also renovating one of its classrooms to resemble what one looked like in the early days, complete with slate chalkboards, old flooring and old lighting.
Meanwhile, Isaac Brock Alumni will hold a fundraising concert with Sisters of the Holy Rock on Sat., March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school. The school is located at 1265 Barratt Ave.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and can be purchased from alumni, the school office, Encore Music at 1349 Portage Ave., and Viewer’s Choice Video at 680 St. Anne’s Road.
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