In one of Edmonton’s oldest school buildings, located just off Jasper Avenue and 118th Street, only a short distance from the river valley and downtown, a very exciting cohabitation can be found. In Oliver School, the stately, three storey, red brick school built in 1910, three widely diverse and remarkable programs live and work—the Oliver Elementary Program, the Nellie McClung Girls’ Junior High Program, and the Oliver Centre: Early Learning Programs for Children & Families. Together, these three programs represent the wide range of opportunities, choices and voices that Edmontonians and Canadians so proudly endorse and encourage. Our society values its diversity; its welcoming of all things—its mosaic—and Oliver School is a microcosm of this very Canadian character.
Oliver School was built in 1910 and officially opened in March of 1911. The solid brick school was viewed as quite a modern wonder with classrooms that could accommodate fifty students. It had electric lights, indoor toilets, a miniature rifle range and a heating/ventilation system that was truly unique for its time. The total cost of construction was $100,000 which was a considerable amount of money in 1910. The west annex was built in 1928 to accommodate the growing population, and the gym added in 1958. Oliver currently has the proud status of being a Heritage B site of which we are very proud.
Oliver School has been the center of the Oliver Community for more than one hundred and 10 years and many, many children and staff have passed through its doors over this great span of time. The history of the school is rich and diverse and the building has seen many changes over the century, the most significant being a 3.5 million dollar upgrade in 1999-2000. As well as providing school programming, the building has served the community over the years for political functions, church meetings, air raid preparations, community gatherings and even as a hospital during the 1918 flu epidemic. The school gymnasium is still available through the joint use agreement with the city for groups to use for sports activities and meetings.
Oliver School serves students from kindergarten through grade six in the Oliver Regular Elementary Program, French Immersion program for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and the Nellie McClung Girls’ Junior High Program provides programming for girls in grades seven, eight and nine. It is our hope that you will find our website both user friendly, informative and enjoyable, whether you are part of our elementary program or our unique Junior High. Should you have any questions regarding our policies or practices, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the school administration.