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School History

     β€‹I​n anticipation of the necessity for school accommodation in the south end of Walkerville, the Board of Education built one of the best equipped public schools in Southern Ontario at the cost of $244,234.00. This new school was named in honour of a local principal. Hugh Bea​ton opened on September 3, 1929, with an enrollment of 364 pupils under the direction of 10 teachers. The first principal of Hugh Beaton School was Colin Lees. β€‹When the school opened, the Walkerville Library Board was given permission to open a branch in the school in order to give better library services to the southern part of the town of Walkerville.  The South Branch Library operated in the building until August 1950, when the room was required for a classroom. Graduates who served in World War II numbered 180, of which 12 paid the supreme sacrifice. Five former teachers also served in the forces. In each of the years 1955, 1956 and 1965 major renovations occurred due to the growth of the neighbourhood. Classrooms were added or altered to accommodate the influx of new students.

     On December 9, 1959, Mrs. George Galbraith and Mrs. Lorne Rogers organized the Hugh Beaton Home & School Association. The first meeting was held in January, 1936, with Mrs. Agnus MacMillan as president. Over the years, Hugh Beaton Home and School Association has supported school programs and activities through their fundraising activities. More recently, the formation of the Hugh Beaton School Council has formalized the process of parental involvement. The council, comprised of parents, administration, teachers and support staff, work together to support and enhance the goals of our school. Hugh Beaton's student population now stands at approximately 340 students. Our school motto is "Do Your Best To Be Your Best". Through the spirit of cooperation and communication, our parents and our staff have and will continue to support our students to do their best to be their best.