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Cootes Paradise school keeps trustee’s, prince’s legacies alive

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The whole building will no longer bear his name when it welcomes students this fall, but George R. Allan will live on at the rechristened Cootes Paradise Elementary School in another way.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees voted unanimously on Monday to name the 87-year-old Westdale school’s library after the former trustee whose three and a half decades in office included a stint as chair in 1913.

The school’s gymnasium will meanwhile be named after Prince Philip in honour of the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood school that is closing in June and shifting its students to Cootes Paradise, which is undergoing $6 million in upgrades.

The names were unanimously recommended by a committee that drew parent and staff representatives from both school communities.

Judith Bishop, the area’s trustee and member of the naming committee, said the tributes were seen as appropriate given Allan’s role in education and Prince Philip’s reputation as an avid sportsman.

“They will recognize two longstanding associated people who will forever be linked with Cootes Paradise School,” she said.

“This will be received with appreciation by both school communities as we go on recognizing the legacies of these two schools in the combined new school of Cootes Paradise.”

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