The Post-War Baby Boom

During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Department of Education and city school districts were hard pressed to keep up with the growing primary school-age population.

This picture shows pupils in Garden City School, opened in Richmond, B.C. in 1949.

The poster on the blackboard reads:

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Our school is Garden
City school.
Our school is new.
It is a big school.
Our school is green and
We like our school.

Very soon, however, the new schools were full to capacity and portable classrooms were being installed on the playgrounds of many city schools.

In this picture, a portable classroom is being positioned at Kerrisdale School in Vancouver in 1950. The small bystander is clearly puzzled and may be wondering "What's going on here?"

A few years later, when this boy was old enough to enrol in a Grade 1 class, "portables" like this would be common in most city school districts in British Columbia.