Baron Byng High School

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Coordinates: 45°31′03″N 73°35′01″W / 45.517403°N 73.583744°W / 45.517403; -73.583744

Baron Byng High School
4251 St. Urbain Street
Established 1921

Baron Byng High School was located at 4251 St. Urbain Street, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It was operated by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. It operated from 1921 to 1980.[2]

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).[3]

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.[4]

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  2. ^ Jewish Learning
  3. ^ Sun Youth Archived 27 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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  5. ^ 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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