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OAil @A nxrcA We, IV Class of 1939-40 affectionately dedicate l%is book to our Principal ♦ ♦ . —— Dr. Coffin-
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About (@ur Jirmrijjal Qs IXTY-FIVE years ago there was born in the “Garden of the Gulf” a youngster who was destined to know and be known and admired by more young people probably than any man now living in the Province of Alberta. This young spriggins so commended himself to the authorities of Prince of Wales College that he was recommended for a First Class Certificate in 1894. He had by then developed into the tall, dignified and austere Ernest William Coffin whose contribution to education in this prov¬ ince can never be. measured. After teaching for a time in Prince Edward Island, he registered for an Arts course in Dalhousie Uni¬ versity. It was during this period that the writer of this note first made his acquaintance. He received his Bachelor ' s Degree in 1902 and then spent some years in Trinidad as Headmaster of Naporina College and Training School. Not finding the climate of Trinidad to his liking, he returned north and entered Clark University for graduate study. In 1908 he emerged with a Ph.D. Degree. Thirty years ago a Doctor’s degree was a phenomenon much less frequently met with than it is today, while in Alberta it was a “rara avis” indeed. After hesitating one year for a glance at teacher-training in Indiana, this budding young doctor arrived in the City of the Foothills during the summer of 1909 to begin his work in the Calgary Normal School. He had, therefore, com¬ pleted 30 years of service in this institution at the opening of the present school year. He was appointed principal in January, 1911, and has occupied this position continuously since that date. In this time more than nine thousand students have passed through the Calgary Normal School and come under the gracious influence of Dr. Coffin. They will be found either in the ranks of the teachers or doing other work, by far the largest number being em¬ ployed in home making. In all this multitude there is hardly one that does not remember with gratitude the kindly interest and wise admonitions of this man whose every lecture sparkled with clever and witty but never bitter sayings. Page ten
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