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1916 - 1920

Charles Bonnycastle '20 remembers the night Andy Blair (also an alumnus of SJCS) scored 60 goals against a local team at the start of midget hockey. The young players were promised a pop for each goal they scored; Andy had “enough to open a corner store”. Andy Blair went on to become a very successful hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Charles Bonnycastle played intramural hockey with Murray Murdoch (Murdoch, also an alumnus of SJCS, was a former great of the New York Rangers and the coach of the Yale hockey team) while at SJCS. Their team was the winner of the “Masters’ Shield”. Murdoch was captain and Bonnycastle was goal keeper because he never could skate.
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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.