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James Park School


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The first James Park School built in 1913 was a two-story 4-room wooden structure that was desperately needed to alleviate the over-crowding at the Junction School over on WIlson Avenue. The impending Inauguration of Port Coquitlam and the economic land-boom that followed the CPR's expansion in the city made a new school necessary. The on-going May Day tradition originated here in 1916 under the guidance of Principal Emma Cox. The first school was located on the north side of the grounds, on Coquitlam Avenue, and was Port Coquitlam's High School for many years. The old building was torn down and replaced WIth a second school for Elementary students, which opened in December of 1963. This familiar landmark is being replaced in a seismic upgrade to a more modern and structurally-sound school. Many Port Coquitlamites recall their time at James Park WIth affection, the old and the new.




Bryan Ness

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