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. An extensive online museum was created in 2016 to honour the school's illustrious history.
- Myer Bloom, physicist
- Morris Fish, Supreme Court of Canada judge
- Sam Gesser, record producer and concert promoter
- Harry Gulkin, film and theatre producer
- A. M. Klein, poet
- Michael Laucke, concert guitarist
- 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
- Herbert Marx, Québec cabinet minister and judge
- Louis Nirenberg, mathematician
- Alfred Pinsky, artist and art educator
- Simon Reisman, civil servant
- Mordecai Richler, author
- Philip Seeman, schizophrenia researcher
- Lorne Trottier, business owner
- Anne Savage, painter and art teacher
- Jewish Learning
- Sun Youth Archived 27 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Curran, Peggy (15 November 2006), "McGill benefactor intrigued by how the world works", The Montreal Gazette, archived from the original on 25 October 2012, retrieved 8 December 2011
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