The Way We Were: Fairview School

By Helena McMurdo

It's back to school time so let's look at a school of South Granville's past. 

The Fairview school opened as an elementary school in August 1893 at Granville and West 7th before moving, in 1895, to a 4-room building at 1540 West Ninth Avenue (now west Broadway) at the corner of Granville Street (then called Granville South).

 A google maps search identifies current-day 1540 West Broadway at the little path between Cactus Club and Cookworks (recently renamed Cook Culture). The block between Fir Street and here is occupied today by the Vancouver School Board.

Fairview School , 1907 Photographer / Studio: Timms, Philip Courtesy of Vancouver Public Library Archives

Fairview School , 1907 Photographer / Studio: Timms, Philip
Courtesy of Vancouver Public Library Archives

In 1907, Fairview High opened at the same location before being replaced by Fairview High School of Commerce in 1927 which operated until 1963 at which point it was demolished to construct the Vancouver School Board Offices.

There wasn't a lot of information on this school and I was helped out by Vancouver School Board Archives with dates of the various schools but if anyone has further information or perhaps if you attended the Fairview High School of Commerce in its later years, we would love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below or get in touch at info@southgranvilleinhabiter.com

Posted on September 8, 2015 and filed under The Way We Were.