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The Forgotten YearFor more than a half century Central Collegiate's written history has always started with the completion of the school building in the fall of 1910, but, by starting there we leave out: Central's actual first Principal, a complete graduating class and the proper graduating year for Central's first Rhodes Scholar.
By 1905 it became clear that a quickly expanding Moose Jaw would need a separate school for senior year students. In 1906 a committee was formed to develop a plan for the proposed collegiate. In early 1907 the money was in place, the building plan was well developed and a site had been chosen to the north west of the city. The new school was to be started in the fall of the next year, 1908, with a completion date set for late fall 1909.
Everything was looking promising for completing the school as scheduled so in early 1908 staff for the new school were chosen and a graduating class was prepared from Victoria School. Mr. J.W. Sifton would be Superintendent, Mr. R.J. Dickinson, a modern languages teacher at Victoria School was chosen as the first Principal and also teacher of English and modern languages; Mr. J.K. Colling was chosen as Vice Principal and teacher of classics and history; Mr. N.L. Massey, teacher of Mathematics; Mr. G.B. Stillwell, teacher of Science; G.E. Meldrum, commercial specialist and C.B. McGregor, general work.
In mid 1908, though, delays ensued and it became obvious by late 1908 that the school would not be ready on the planned date. The staff and students of the new collegiate had been separated from Victoria School in the fall of 1908 and given classrooms on the top floor of Alexandra School. The first class from Central Collegiate would almost be ready to graduate in the spring of 1910 before the school building was actually completed.
The Principal of Moose Jaw Collegiate Institute, Mr. R.J. Dickinson, had a change of heart in 1910 and resigned his position a couple of monthds prior to the school opening to pursue a career in law. Mr. J.K. Colling became the new Principal.
From that first 1910 graduating class came David Neil Hossie, who was also in the first graduating class of University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) and Rhodes Scholar in 1912. Oddly enough, the lack of recognition of CCI's lost year runs quite deep, Mr. Hossie's graduating year is usually given as 1911 and quite often his graduating year is just left as a question mark.
Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Institute Timeline1903 Forerunner of CCI Outlook published as literary magazine
1906 Committee formed to plan and build collegiate for senior year
1907 Plans drawn up, money allocated and site chosen; building to start
in 1908 and finish in 1909
1908 Staff and students chosen for new school. Mr. R.J. Dickinson
chosen as first Principal of CCI.
1909 After a one year delay construction of Central begins
Delay forces first CCI classes to be held in Alexandra School.
1910 First graduating class of CCI (taught at Alexandra School).
April 29, CCI officially opened. Principal R.J. Dickinson resigns.
Mr. J. K. Colling becomes new Principal.
1912 Galen Heffelfinger, Governor-General Medal winner (first of 54
medals awarded up to 1985)
D.N. Hossie, Rhodes Scholar (CCI graduate 1910)
1920 K.H. Hamilton, Rhodes Scholar (CCI graduate 1917)
Overcrowding at CCI; Ross School becomes Ross Collegiate and
enrolls high school students from that area.
1922 After teaching for 6 years Mr. Max Ballard becomes Vice Principal
Outlook first joint issue by Ross and Central Collegiates
1924 Mr. Max Ballard moves to Ross Collegiate to become Principal
1926 WWI Memorial Plaque
1927 George Curtis, Rhodes Scholar (CCI graduate 1924)
1928 Irish Night program begins
1931 Moose Jaw Technical Institute (A.E. Peacock High School) opens.
Ross Collegiate closes (Ross Elementary remains open) and
the students are sent to either Tech or Central Collegiate.
Mr. J. K. Colling retires and Mr. M. Ballard comes back as Principal
E.R. Hopkins, Rhodes Scholar (CCI graduate 1925)
1932 Moose Jaw Junior College established at CCI (first and second
year U of S classes taught)
School song composed by CCI students
1934 Central Grads Boys’ Basketball Team wins Western Canada
Junior Basketball Championship defeating Alberta and Manitoba
1936 Outlook becomes a yearbook rather than literary magazine.
1937 CCI student Donald Hedley chosen to attend Coronation of King
George VI, London, England.
1938 New school crests with motto Recte Putando et Faciendo ~
1940 Constitution of CCI Student Society composed.
1941 77th Battery sent overseas. All officers and majority of men, CCI
grads or former students
CCI Student Society Constitution formally accepted.
1942 Moose Jaw Junior College ceases to function.
1943 Ben Copeland (Ben Copeland Memorial Sciences Scholarship)
1944 Cost of publishing Outlook $496.77
Formal reporting of Graduation as part of year’s activities begins
WWII Memorial Plaque
1947 After teaching at CCI for 18 years (1929 - 1946) Mr. Les Chapman
becomes Vice Principal.
1950 “Whiffy the Skunk” becomes first Outlook mascot.
1951 “Budgy the Bird” reports Outlook events.
1952 “Oscar the Moose” becomes yearbook main reporter.
1954 Bear becomes CCI mascot.
1955 “Wise Wilty Wimple” is Outlook reporter.
1958 Girls’ Curling team wins Brier.
Ken Mitchell, Saskatchewan writer, graduates..
1959 Mr. Max Ballard (aka Mr. Central, Mr. Tank) retires as principal.
Mr. Les Chapman becomes Principal
After 17 years as teacher (1942 - 1959) Mr. Murray Robinson
becomes Vice Principal
1960 Golden Anniversary: 50 Years at Central
Construction of Annex begins: gym, home economics, library,
industrial arts, lounge, classrooms.
Staff begins to increase as “baby boom” comes to CCI
1961 New addition to Central open for student use.
Introduction of student houses (Alpha, Delta, Kappa, Sigma) for
1962 Gym Show and Color Night begins
1963 Provincial champions: Girls’ Curling, Boys’ Curling, Girls’
1964 Boys’ Curling: Provincial champions and Silver Medalists at
Canadian High School Boys competition.
1964 Rhodes Scholar Robin Boadway (CCI graduate 1960)
1967 Principal Les Chapman retires, 38 years at CCI.
Mr. M. Robinson becomes Principal
After 13 years as teacher (1955 - 1967) Mr. K.O. Braaten becomes
Cyclones Football 3A Provincial Champions
1968 Mr. M. Robinson is transferred to become Principal of Riverview
Collegiate; and in 1969 Mr. Robinson is appointed Deputy Director
for the Moose Jaw Public Board of Education;
Mr. K.O Braaten becomes Principal;
Mr. D.G. Reesor becomes Vice Principal
Clarion, school newspaper, publishes first year copies.
Senior Boys Basketball Team wins Provincial Championship
in Central's gym against Saskatoon's Nutana Collegiate
1969 Mr. K.O Braaten is transferred to become Principal of Riverview
Collegiate after Mr. Robinson is appointed Deputy Director of
Mr. D.G. Reesor becomes Principal
After 9 years as teacher (1960 - 1968) Mr. Dale Clarke becomes
Semester system begins; Winter Carnival begins;
Rotary Student Exchange Program begins.
Students walkout in support of teacher negotiations
1970 Diamond Jubilee: 60th Anniversary of CCI
Supper and Open House
1971 Central Drama Club formed
Terry Paice wins gold medal for wrestling, Canada Winter Games
1972 School renovations begin.
1973 Mr. F. D. Clarke, Principal.
1976 March 9, Official Opening of newly renovated school: band, choir,
art, drama classrooms.
1977 History 30 trip begins.
Reach for the Top team: provincial semi-finalists.
Official opening: Max Ballard Resource Center
Gander Nfld Student Exchange
1979 Student international travel begins with trip to England.
1980 Sr. Boys’ Volleyball - Provincial 4A Champions
1981 Sr. Girls’ Volleyball - Provincial Champions
Sr. Boys’ Basketball - Provincial Champions.
1983 Sr. Boys’ Volleyball, 12th consecutive City Champions
1984 Cyclones Football, Provincial Champions
1985 75th Anniversary CCI; mucho big party!
Musical Grease produced
1986 Principal F.D. Clarke retires. (26 years CCI)
CCI begins computerization
Mr. G.A. Stewart becomes Principal.
Guysborough Nova Scotia Student Exchange
1987 CCI Drama Club wins One Act Drama Festival with
the play "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers".
Outdoor Ed. Class begins: northern canoe trip.
Bobo the Bear, school mascot, appears in bear dress.
Colour in Outlook, 86th edition.
1991 CCI Symphonic Band awarded “Outstanding Senior School Band”
award at Moose Jaw Music Festival.
French Immersion secondary classes commence.
Student Leadership Council (SLC) format adopted.
1993 Mr. W. Yakiwchuk becomes Principal.
Drama 30 class “The Great Electrical Revolution”
wins Provincial One Act Competition.
1995 Andrew Bedford wins 2 gold medals in shooting competition at
Canada Winter Games.
1996 Central Artworks formed.
1997 Murals paintedlsculptures hung in CCI hallways/stairwells.
1998 Principal W. Yakiwchuk retires. Mr. A. Andrie becomes Principal
Girls’ Soccer becomes school sport.
1999 Millenium Edition of Outlook published.
2001 Students gather at MLA office to support teachers’ negotiations.
Battle of the Sexes fundraiser for Telemiracle.
2002 CCI Cap and Gown Ceremony begins for graduates.
2003 Principal A. Andrie retires.
Mr. Trevor Smith becomes Principal (CCI graduate, 1985)