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The South Ward or Burton Avenue School, later renamed King Edward School2021-01-23T21:12:01-05:00
St. Joseph’s High School on Mulcaster Street2021-01-23T21:08:57-05:00
Oakley Park School located at the corner of Davidson and Grove Streets2021-01-23T21:09:34-05:00
The Central School (later renamed Victoria School) which was located on the North West corner of Collier and Owen Streets2021-01-23T21:13:56-05:00
The West Ward School on Bradford Street, later renamed Prince of Wales School2021-01-23T21:13:09-05:00
Barrie North Collegiate on Grove Street2021-01-23T21:11:11-05:00
Barrie Collegiate Institute on Bradford Street2021-01-23T21:08:15-05:00
Johnson Street School on Johnson Street2021-01-23T21:10:08-05:00
St. Mary’s Separate School was located on Courthouse Hill on Codrington Street2021-01-23T21:12:35-05:00
Hillcrest School located on Toronto Street2021-01-23T21:10:38-05:00

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Past Forward: The Robert Simpson House

The name should be recognizable to students of local history and beer drinkers alike. This home at 30 Mary Street was built about 1874 for Robert Simpson, the first Mayor of Barrie... and a brewer. Simpson appears to have had a long relationship with the brewing business. In 1836, he [...]

Past Forward: The Emma King House

A true pioneer once lived in this home. Emma King was 3 years old when her parents Robert and Sarah King came to Canada from England, first farming in Oro for two years, then opening a bakery on Dunlop Street near the present day CIBC building. Starting as a substitute [...]

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