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Central Elementary Turns 90

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: August 05, 2019 12:11:24 AM

Central Elementary is celebrating its 90th birthday this September 27 & 28th and you are invited!

Chilliwack Progress, Nov. 7, 1929

Former students and teachers will gather to share stories and memories made over the past decades at the downtown school.

Refreshments, lunch and a commemorative cake will be served during the open house that will take place at the school on Saturday, September 28th, between 11 am to 4 pm.

Chilliwack Progress, Oct. 24, 1929

Built for $80,000 dollars, Chilliwack’s new Central School opened on Young Road in the fall of 1929. It was a replacement for the original Central School that was located on Yale Road, where Southgate Mall is. Robert Brock, who had built Chilliwack’s c.1909 Royal Hotel twenty years earlier, was also the school’s general contractor.

On opening day in 1929, teachers welcomed 415 students into the three-story building. The new school boasted 18 classrooms along with separate indoor play spaces for boys and girls and was built on the site of the former Chilliwack High School.

Chilliwack Progress, Sept. 4, 1947

Central Elementary during 1951 flooding.
Chilliwack Progress, Feb. 21, 1951

Chilliwack Progress, Sept. 27, 1967

For more information about the 90 year celebration of Central Elementary, contact Clara Hooper by email: or by phone 604-795-1669.

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