|BANCROFT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 2, 2017 --- Bancroft Elementary School (4563 St. Urbain) in the Plateau will officially mark its 100th anniversary with a gala cocktail evening on Thursday, February 16 (6 pm to 8 pm) with performances and presentations by some of the teachers and students. Organizers wish to invite alumni, teachers and former staff to attend.
“Our building is undergoing a massive rejuvenation project that will allow the school to continue to offer the community quality education for the modern world in this historic landmark,” says Ms. Langevin.
Among the more notable alumni are Dr. Phil Gold, Dr. Mortimer Levy, former Senator Leo Kolber and Silver Star Automobile founder Sam Eltes. Drs. Gold and Levy will be present at the celebration. Dr. Gold served as the Physician-in-Chief of the Montreal General Hospital and as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at McGill University. He has been the recipient of many honours, including a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2010 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Today he still practices on a full-time basis. Dr. Levy is a noted nephrologist and researcher. He was the head of nephrology at the Royal Victoria Hospital for 15 years and remains active as a senior physician
“I started at Bancroft the day after Labour Day, 1942,” recalls Dr. Gold. “We lived on the Main for 17 years, between Mount Royal and Villeneuve, so I went to school through the lane that opens on St. Urbain at the 'Girl's Entrance.’ Bancroft allowed me to grow up, make friends, and learn something about the world. In Grade 5 I went to see the Principal, Mr. Muir, to tell him I was learning what we learned in the fourth year, and I asked if I had to come to school. He explained to me about truant officers and the like, but said that when I 'got bored,' I could go to the library. In 1947 that was a remarkable gift.”
Dr. Levy notes that it was a Grade 1 teacher named Esther Hoffman who had a significant influence on both he and Dr. Gold. “Phil and I had similar intellectual pursuits,” said Dr. Levy. “We certainly did not know back then that we’d become physicians yet we both ended up taking an honours in physiology program and indeed became doctors and remained close friends.”
Bancroft opened at just the right time. Fairmont had 1,600 pupils and Mount Royal 2,000. When Bancroft did open it began life with an enrolment of 1,081 pupils in 26 classes drawn from the two schools- about 300 from Fairmount and 800 from Mount Royal.
Michael J. Cohen