Baron Byng High School
|Baron Byng High School|
|4251 St. Urbain Street
It was named after Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, the Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Byng was a World War I hero at the battle of Vimy Ridge, an important battle that many historians, like Pierre Berton, believe formed Canada's national character. Byng was also involved in a political scandal dealing with the succession of the Canadian Government, the King-Byng Affair in 1926.
From the 1920s through the 1950s, the school predominantly catered to Montreal's lower-income Jewish population. From the 1980s onwards, the building is the home of the non-profit community organization Sun Youth (Jeunesse au soleil).
Baron Byng High School is notable because it had a virtual who's who of Canada's academic, arts, business and political leaders. It has been immortalized in many books, including many by Mordecai Richler.
- Mike Boone, Montreal Gazette reporter
- Abie Budman, born April 24, 1937, Canadian businessman, founder of Bud Products, Ltd.
- Morris Fish, Supreme Court of Canada judge
- Sam Gesser, record producer and concert promoter
- Louis Horlick, cardiologist and medical educator
- A. M. Klein, poet
- Irving Layton, poet
- David Lewis, Rhodes Scholar, labour lawyer, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada 1971-75
- Frederick Lowy, medical educator and president & vice-chancellor of Concordia University
- Rudolph A. Marcus, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1992
- Louis Nirenberg, mathematician
- Simon Reisman, civil servant
- Mordecai Richler, author
- William Shatner, actor
- Philip Seeman, schizophrenia researcher
- Lorne Trottier, business owner
- Catherine Kovacs, Radio-Canada, reporter
- Dr. Danielle Vanhecke-Callas, Crime Rates in California Colleges and Universities with Residential and Non-Residential College Systems researcher
- Alain Parpal, Auteur de livres de jeunesse en francais
- Anne Savage, painter and art teacher
- Jewish Learning
- Sun Youth
- Curran, Peggy (15 November 2006), "McGill benefactor intrigued by how the world works", The Montreal Gazette, retrieved 8 December 2011
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