"Sir Adam Beck, manufacturer, politician, power-authority commissioner (b at Baden, Canada W 20 June 1857; d at London, Ont 15 Aug 1925). Feared and revered as an empire builder, Beck dominated Ontario politics for a generation as he built and expanded the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario into the largest publicly owned power authority in the world. Son of a German Lutheran foundryman and miller, Beck made his name as a manufacturer of cigar boxes, outstanding athlete, mayor and MPP in London."
"From the day that Sir Adam Beck School opened, in 1921, it became the Alderwood community's primary meeting place. It has hosted meetings of ratepayers, the Volunteer Fire Department, dances, political forums and field days. In the torrid summer of 1936, the school was host to a political gathering more fervent than most.
During the Depression Alderwood's nickname was Pogeyville. An industrial suburb with one of every four unemployed, tempers ran as hot as the record high temperatures of that summer. In response to the provincial government's cutbacks to relief programs, relief workers began to strike in June and by the end of the month, there were more than five thousand on strike. There were deputations and angry demonstrations in Mimico, Long Branch, Lakeview and York and violence across the city and province.
On July 8 two relief workers and Reeve Armstrong were seized and imprisoned off of the boiler room of the school. A crowd surrounded the school and swelled to 500. After being held for eighteen hours, the Reeve agreed to compromise relief benefits.
Premier Hepburn was convinced that Communists had organized the province-wide demonstrations. In the early hours of July 10, he dispatched a special squad of police, who arrested ten men on the charge of "seizing and holding persons." The arrests marked the end of the relief violence."
École Sir Adam Beck JS is a dual-track English and French Immersion public school located in the idyllic community of Alderwood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are 1 of 583 schools in The Toronto District School Board that serves about 250 000 students.
We are dynamic staff committed to giving every child an opportunity to reach their full potential - we believe in your child! We offer many extra-curricular opportunities in various areas ranging from badminton to eco-schools to movie making. Our staff has a wide range of interests and are well positioned to give your child a wide variety of opportunities to excel both in and outside of the classroom. In short, we make every effort to align all that we do with The Toronto District School Board's multi-year goals:
ESAB also enjoys expansive fields and a multi-use community centre that is shared with The Toronto Parks and Recreation (pool, outdoor skating rink, and meeting room), The Toronto Public Library and Alderwood Action Daycare. The outdoor fields include access to two large soccer areas, two baseball diamonds, a playground, naturalized garden, quiet reflective spaces for reading and visiting with friends and a large colas area for various forms of play.
West looking view of the main concourse separating The Toronto Public Library (South-side), and The Toronto Parks and Recreation Meeting Room (South-side) and Pool (North-side). The school is located on the North-West side of the concourse.