King Edward School

8520 101 Street, Edmonton   T6C 3G6

Built at a cost of $180,000, King Edward School opened its doors to students on March 9, 1914.  Originally, it had 17 classrooms, separate playrooms for boys and girls, separate rooms for manual training and domestic science, an automatic heat regulator, and shower baths.  This feature caused the Edmonton Bulletin to note that “This will be a novelty to many of the children, who never before saw hot water come down like rain”.

For the first time, the large assembly hall common to schools of this time, was built on the ground floor instead of the top floor, to accommodate its use as a social centre for the surrounding community.  The exterior features an imposing central tower, sandstone accented brick, false roof line punctuated with battlements and rifle slots, ornate curvatures on the tower, a grape balustrade and other sculpted embellishments at the front entrance.

Inside, the foyer features oak paneled walls, latticed windows and doors and a terrazzo floor leading to a marble stairway.  Fifteen foot ceilings, wide hallways and oak mouldings and railings are found throughout this wonderful structure.


"Edmontons first shower bath school" by Lawrence Herzog
It's Our Heritage | Vol. 23 No. 17  | April 28, 2005


Designation & Awards

Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award


Gary Johnston - 08 Dec 2020

The picture shows the school that was built sometime in the 1930's. I attended King Edward from grade 1 to 9 (1950 to 1959). The 1914 school was located east of the one in the picture (grade 1 to 6), the pictured school was (grade 7 to 9). The 1914 school did not have shower baths, separate playrooms or an assembly hall. The original 1914 school was called "something" Avenue school until the name changed to King Edward (He reigned from January 1936 to December 1936). I find the description of the automatic heat regulator funny. The steam heating system was terrible. Your location in the room would determine if you roasted or froze.

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Christine Cartier - 02 Jun 2021

I attended this lovely school for 4 yrs (1976-1980). Pre-school to grade 3. Preschool was in the basement and I remember learning the basic food guide and having snacks provided by the school. I have very fond memories here. We moved to Strathern Heights so I had to switch schools.

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Era: The War Years
Themes: Education
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Area: Southwest

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