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Vancouver Technical High School

1921 - current day

The Technical School was founded under the auspices of the Vancouver School Board in 1921. The school provided training in a wide range of industrial and commercial skills, including typesetting, printing, linocuts, and advertising illustration. In 1946 building construction, lumbering, and mining were added.

There were 400 founding students, who had been housed in the old King Edward High School at the corner of 12th and Oak. They moved downtown to a new Technical School on Dunsmuir Street at Homer, housed in a building known as the Labour Temple. In 1928 the school moved to Broadway and Clinton, its current address. The Girl's Technical School opened at the same location in 1940.

  
Original colour linocuts by Robert Banks in 1939 VANTECH


Original cartoon by Robert Banks in 1939 VANTECH


Original linocut by Robert Beaton in 1939 VANTECH


Original four-colour linocut by Sing Lim in 1939 VANTECH


Original four-colour linocut by Sing Lim in 1939 VANTECH

One long-time teacher at the school was Lewis Elliot, who not only taught linocut printing but also published a manual on the subject in 1934. Student linocuts were frequently published in the school annual VANTECH, published and printed by the students at the school.


Cover image of the 1946 issue of VANTECH


Original linocut print by Margaret Hannum in 1946 VANTECH


Original linocut print by John McKitch in 1946 VANTECH


Original linocut print by Terry McGuire in 1946 VANTECH

The 1946 issue of VANTECH noted on the list of School Staff that J.W.G. Macdonald was in charge of the Design Workshop at the school.


Original linocut print in 1946 VANTECH

The 1946 annual also included an honour roll of its students who had served in the armed forces during World War Two. It lists an amazing total of 1,409 students on the Roll, of whom 125 were killed in action, 31 missing, 74 wounded, 9 prisoners of war, and 34 decorated. The students noted that "this list is by no means complete" and requested additions or corrections.

     
       

The military history of the Technical School, and indeed of all Vancouver High Schools, is a little known story. Every high school had its own rifle corps, all students armed with war surplus army rifles, typically Ross Mark 1 .303 bolt action repeaters with peep sights. In the 1928-29 school year, the Vancouver Technical School Cadet corps alone had an enrollment of 750 students. In 1932 their rifle team ranked 1st in BC, 5th in Canada, and 10th in the Dominion in various classes.


References

VANCOUVER CITY SCHOOLS - TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT 1925
      23rd Annual Report; Published by the Board of School Trustees, City of Vancouver
      136 pages illustrated; soft cover with drawing by Charles H. Scott
      Includes School of Decorative and Applied Arts Report by G.T. Sharp page 95,
      Also includes Drawing Report by S.P. Judge page 85.
      Art school references pages 10, 19, 26, art class photos pages 96 and 97
      Also complete statistics on students, attendance, buildings, teachers, courses, etc.

LINO BLOCKS: A HANDBOOK FOR STUDENT PRINTERS by L.A. Elliott
      Published by Vancouver Technical School, 1934.

VANTECH - EASTER 1939
      Printed by the students of the Vancouver Technical School
      84 pages, stapled, illust. colour/b&w.
      Includes a number of original student linocut prints by Robert Banks and Sing Lim.

VANTECH 1946 - TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
      Printed by the students of the Vancouver Technical School
      90 pages, stapled, illust. colour/b&w.
      Includes a number of original student linocut prints.
      Includes references to L.A. Elliott participation in the Cadet Corps.

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