LIFE AT MARKHAM HIGH SCHOOL
By Dr. E. C. Reynolds – July 1953
My first acquaintance with Markham High School was in June
1894. My teacher persuaded me to try the Entrance Examination,
but the result was not a success, for a nervous eleven year old
kid, fearing he might miss the train to get home in the evening.
Hartman Jones was the residing examiner. He later was principal
of Hartman Jones School in Toronto.
My next acquaintance with the School was in June 1896 at the Entrance Exam.
and the result was much happier. One incident I recall at that time, concerns
Charlie Querrie (?). He sat in the next seat to me, and wrote his last paper
on Physiology in 15 minutes to ride his bike to Uxbridge to play lacrosse.
My stay at Markham High School extended from September 1896 to June 1901. Our
teachers during that time were, George H. Read Principal, teaching Classics
and Ancient History; He was very popular with the students and he left Markham
to become the first Principal of North Toronto Collegiate; T.C. Doidge was
to become the Mathematics Master, and he also was popular; he left Markham
to teach at Orillia collegiate for many years; Mary Annis was Modern language
teacher; Nancy Mary Annette Millar taught Commercial subjects, Art and English;
she retired and is living in Toronto. Mr. MacLean succeeded T.C. Doidge in
Mathematics in 1903. We had a succession of Science teachers. Mr. Forbes was
the first, and he stayed one year which was that much too long. Hartley Graham
followed him, and he left to become the first Principal of Malvern High School.
He married one of my school mates, Helen Robinson, Markham. A. B. Steer was
the third teacher in Science. He was there when I finished the course.
The pupils at Markham High came from a large area, As the train services were
favorable from the south, East Toronto, Little York, Scarboro village, Scarboro
Jet., Agincourt, Wexford, O’Sullivan’s Corners, Don, Malvern, Ellesmere,
Brown’s Corners, Highland Creek, Milliken, Hagermans Corners, Unionville
sent pupils commuting by train daily. From the north Sutton, Pefferlaw, Ballantrae,
Buttonville, Ringwood, Stouffville, sent their quota.
Some students from Markham and vicinity, I recall were, Beatrice Milne, Fred
and Frank Rolph, Wilfred and Howard Reive, Alice and Murray Street, Arthur
While, J.D. Reesor, Mary, Harry and Roy White, Ernest , Cass Pringle, Laura
Pringle, ‘Puck” Wales, Charles Roberts, Lena Hall ‘Mrs. Chas.
Querrie’, Rolph Corson, Helen Robinson, Edmund burke, Bessie - who married
Wilfred Raive - , Nell Jerman, Emma and Patty Tuckett. From Locust Hill, box
Grove and Cedar Grove came Nell Dimma, Will, Jessie and Walter Forster, John
Thomas, Jack Traco, Bertram C. Reesor, Dan Brake, Gordon Nighswander and Emmerson
Maxwell. From Victoria Square, John Flummerfeldt, Maud and Mary Loundsborough,
Many College students requiring extra subjects for matriculation came to Markham
at the close of college to cram for Dept. Exam. in July. Among these I recall
Thos. Kennedy, A. S. Moorhead, G.F.R. Richardson – who married Mable
Young - , Joseph Irwin, Robert McAvoy, Jack O’Neil and Rob. Burns. The
latter two were from Trinity Midcal College and were largely responsible in
persuading me to enroll there in 1901. I have many pleasant memories of Markham
High School. (signed) ‘Punch” Reynolds.