Looking Back


Wearing School Spirit

School uniforms have been worn for hundreds of years and is still common practise in schools in countries such as England and Australia. Our public schools don't require specific clothing to be worn by students. Here, it's a matter of school spirit. For decades, students (and teachers) have purchased clothing to show their pride and support for their school.

Students could purchase a grey zippered Beaupré School cardigan with the Beaupré crest in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Bill Turnbull's cardigan also boasts crests on the sleeve showing that he was a member of a championship team in 1959 and 1961. This heavy wool cardigan is well worn and has been mended so he could keep wearing it. (Would that happen today?)


A later version of the school cardigan from the late 1960s (minus the crest) is a green button-up version with white stripes – again, very heavy wool.


As time passed, t-shirts moved from being an undergarment or clothing worn while doing chores to a popular all-purpose outer garment. They were much cheaper than the heavy sweater so school groups had t-shirts printed to signify membership in a club or perhaps as a fundraiser.


Students, teachers and community members who were part of MAD (Music-Art-Drama) classes over the years could purchase a t-shirt advertising the show they were presenting that year.

Members of Onoway Elementary School Running Club wore this t-shirt when they competed in races at the Butterdome.

School t-shirts could also be sold as a fundraiser and to show pride in and support for the school. Jason Yeoman wore his Snoopy t-shirt in the mid-70s at Onoway Elementary.


From Onoway Museum, a big thank you to the donors of these wonderful pieces of Onoway school memories.

Beaupre School Sweaters

Ryan Redlick and Sydney Oswald wearing Beaupré School cardigans

                            MAD 1976-77
                            Greatest School
Running Club

Onoway Jr. Sr. High School's unique musical theatre program had a t-shirt for each production.

OES chose Snoopy from the popular Charlie Brown comic strip as their hero.

Running Club members competed in single and relay races.

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Last updated: July 23, 2018