We are thrilled to be celebrating the 90th anniversary of Richard McBride Elementary this coming year. With its iconic crenellated turrets, Richard McBride Elementary is a sentinel on the hill. It is slated for replacement and seismic updating in the next two years. It was not the first school in New Westminster, but is the oldest one standing. It frequently gets called Sir Richard McBride Elementary, but that’s actually incorrect – Sir McBride actually wrote to the school board and requested the “Sir” get removed. Want to read more about its history? Check out this post with before and after photos on the local blog, Tenth to the Fraser written by local historian, Dale Miller.
To celebrate the 90th Anniversary, we will be hosting a public event in May 2019 – details on that will be coming soon. As well, the school has received a grant to complete a timeline research project so that McBride’s history can be recorded and brought to the new school. To help fund that event, and to paint the town cheerful and colourful, we are selling incredible t-shirts and sweatshirts for adults and children.
The graphic design of these shirts has been donated by Katherine and Matt Webb, of Webb Creative, a New Westminster company. It is a fun, retro design that celebrates some of the best parts of McBride. To make it even more of a local venture, we’re having them produced through Patterson Brands, who are also from New West.
How It Works
We will be taking pre-orders until April 30, 2019. Please measure carefully to make sure the size you’ve selected is right for you. Unless there is a manufacturer’s defect, there are no returns or exchanges on the ordered items.
Items will be available for pick up on a number of school days in mid May. If you require shipping, there is an option to add this to your order or you can contact us to arrange this after.
Assemble the Pride! McBride Alumni Unite!
If you are McBride alumni, we want to hear from you! Please sign up to our special “alumni mailing list” so that we may keep in touch with you as plans progress on the 90th anniversary celebration. We won’t sell your info or spam you with things unrelated to the anniversary. Sign up here.
If you have questions about the 90th Anniversary Fundraiser or the events planned, you can get in touch with us at PACMcBride@gmail.com.