Holloway School

"St. John's sloped towards the harbour like a great bowl with uneven sides. By Ev's school there was a sharp drop, almost a cliff beside the road. The school was built against this, and Ev could enter the third floor here, but the playground and the first floor were far below. "
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Holloway School

Although it is never named, the school that Peter and Evelyn attend in Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice is Holloway School. This photo shows the school as it looked around the time of the First World War. The school is the building on the far left-hand side of the photo. Behind Holloway School, you can see the spire of the Presbyterian church, the Kirk. The street in the centre of the photo is Long's Hill. The church that appears to be at the bottom of Long's Hill is the Anglican cathedral. In the distance, you can see St. John's harbour and the Narrows, leading out to the open sea.

    Holloway School was built against a high rock face. It could be entered on the bottom floor from the playground on the Long's Hill side at the front of the building, or from Military Road on the top floor at the back. In the 1940s, Holloway School was one of the few co-educational elementary schools in St. John's. Most schools were for boys or girls only. Like all schools in Newfoundland until the 1990s, it was run by churches. Holloway School was run by the United and Presbyterian churches.

    The school was built in the 1860s, but completely renovated after a fire gutted the interior in 1925. In 1926, the school reopened, with a new assembly hall, Pitts Memorial Hall, beside it. You can see Pitts Memorial Hall near the front left-hand side of this photo. It's the building with the ladder on the roof.  Holloway School was closed in 1979, and torn down in the early 1980s. Today, there is only a vacant lot where Holloway School and Pitts Memorial Hall once stood. The Kirk still stands beside the site.

To Find Out More

    If you live in St. John's, you should be able to find someone who went to Holloway School in your neighbourhood or family.

    The Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador has an article on Holloway School.

Site of Holloway School today
This is the site of Holloway School as it looks today.

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