Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Schools of Saskatoon

I don't have the clearest of memories from my time in elementary and junior high school. Anything before '95 is a bit of a blur.

Two things, however, come to mind.

1. In junior high, a girl in my class got pregnant.

My best friend told her mom, who in turn told my mom.

I came home from school one day and, seemingly horrified, my mom asked about it.

My response was something along the lines of, "it's not a big deal. She failed, like, at least two grades. So she's really old."

It's funny how time has a way of making you realize that you've said a lot of crazy things. But in my naive 12-year-old mind, being 14 made you, like, really old and definitely mature enough to have a baby.

2. Both my elementary school, and my junior high school, resembled prison-style architecture.

That's a long-winded way of getting to the fact that many of Saskatoon's centres of early learning are quite the opposite of the schools of my childhood.

Take, for example, Buena Vista School.

According to Wikipedia, the Collegiate Gothic style school opened in 1914. It was designed by Scottish architect David Webster. Collegiate Gothic style emphasizes the central tower and the buildings are often referred to as "castle style."

Another stunner is Nutana Collegiate - just a hop, skip and a jump from Buena Vista School.

Having opened in 1910, Nutana Collegiate was the first secondary school in Saskatoon. Originally known as Saskatoon Collegiate Institute, it was designed in French Renaissance style.

Perhaps not pretty enough in its natural state, my own former elementary school has applied PhotoShop's painterly effect to its photo before uploading it to their website.
They just don't build them like they used to.

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