Harrow Public School has undergone a few changes over the years! Originally built to educate students from grades 4-8, the school has, over the years, housed grades 3-8, K-6 and now K-8 students. We currently have 421 students in our building and are very close to capacity. Upon completion, the school was state of the art. Visitors to our building comment on our unique design. I can proudly say, visitors, staff, students and families always praise the welcoming feel of our school and appreciate the care the building is shown. HPS has aged well!
The excerpt below is taken from the program of the Official Opening Ceremonies held on Friday, March 11, 1966.
The HARROW DISTRICT ELEMENTAY SENIOR SCHOOL is designed to serve grades four through eight. The building has fifteen classrooms, of which four can be used for special subjects (e.g. science, art, music, etc.); a library; a divided playroom with a stage (that has chair storage under) and dressing rooms; administration offices; staff conference-lounge and staff restrooms; nurses room; custodial areas and service wells; and instructional supplies storage are also provided.
The building presents a refreshing and functional departure from conventional design. The design of the school evolved from research into hexagonal classroom concept, that this shape uses less enclosed wall space than conventional rectangular classrooms. In addition, the school board, principal and teachers felt that this shape has several teaching advantages.
Inside, corridor widths vary eliminating long tunnel like, monotonous corridors. Classroom entrances are grouped together near large sky lighted corridor areas. The basic classrooms are of hexagonal shape, which gives a spacious effect and permits a variety of teaching methods and desk arrangements suited to each individual teacher and particular grade or subject. All chalkboards in a classroom can be seen from all student desks without turning (versus side and rear chalkboards) and all chalkboards are never at right angles to the windows and therefore the chalkboard glaze is reduced to a minimum. Each classroom is provided with a sink, laminated plastic work counter, storage units for books and supplies, chalkboard and tack board.
There is a complete public address system throughout the building and U.H.F. television outlets in each teaching area, also conduit has been installed for future closed circuit television.
The school plan is compact, minimizing the travel distance to all classrooms. The playroom, administration and library are centrally located for easy access and supervision.
Wow! To think UHF television was cutting edge at this time. I am sure if we had the opinion from former teachers in these hexagonal classrooms they would have much more to say about the shape and the angles of the chalkboards. The entire program will be posted soon. I hope you enjoyed this bit of history.