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Cornwall Grammar School

Cornwall Grammar School

Photo by contributors David & Kellie Clifford - Posted March, 2009

Cornwall Grammar School

Photo by contributors David & Kellie Clifford - Posted March, 2009

Cornwall Grammar School

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The City of Cornwall
At the entrance to Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School,
on Sydney Street between Fourth and Fifth streets East

Coordinates: N 45 01.362 W 74 43.699


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Plaque Text

Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School traces its beginning to an educational institution founded by John Strachan in 1803. Strachan, an Anglican priest, opened a private school in his home where he hoped to educate young men to take on leading roles in society. In 1806 he built a schoolhouse that became one of the first provincially funded district grammar schools one year later. Many of Upper Canada's elite received their education under Strachan's respected and progressive tutelage. After he left for York (now Toronto) in 1812, various masters ran the Cornwall Grammar School. With provincial educational reform in 1871, it became Cornwall High School and began a new life as a modern secondary institution, becoming a collegiate in 1925, and adding vocational courses in 1938.

Other plaques at this location
Right Reverend John Strachan 1778-1867
Bishop Strachan

Related Ontario plaque
The Reverend John Strachan in Cornwall

Related Toronto plaque
Sir James Pliny Whitney 1843-1914


Cornwall Plaques

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> Posted February 2, 2013
In the CCVS Archives, we have student registers of marks and attendance beginning in 1887 and onwards.
Judy Bobka, CCVS Grad 1958, CCVS Teaching Staff 1971 - 1995, ongoing archive maintenance person.

> Posted August 25, 2010
Would it be possible for someone to send (if there are still records dating back to 1877). My great grandmother Matilda Drum was a student there, and if any pictures of her it would be so very appreciated. My brother and I are trying to put together some family history. She went on to marry Peter Monaghan in 1895. Thank you very much.
Brenda H.J. Gray

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