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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Bowmanville > Bowmanville Senior Public School
Bowmanville Senior Public School
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created by 43rdstreet on 6/25/2009 5:30 PM
last modified by LyndsayExploration on 11/2/2018 8:49 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Bowmanville, Ontario
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • air quality
  • Ice!!
  •  Interesting Features
    The school is quite large with 2 gyms, a library and many classrooms. There is a secondary building at the back of the school but it seems inaccessible.

    The school was rebuilt on it's original 1929 foundation after the fire.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1929
    Closed: 2007
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • camera
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    Updated History by sQualie:
    The Bowmanville Senior Public School opened it's doors in 1929. Because of a fire that destroyed a large section of the school, only a portion in the centre of the structure as well as the foundations remain of the original building. The fire occurred sometime in the early 70s and the school was rebuilt with 2 new additions in 1974.

    For the last 3 decades of it's existence, it was designated as middle school and housed grade 7 and 8 students. The school closed it's doors 2007 with it's closing ceremony held on Saturday June 16th of that year.

    It's unclear who currently owns the property but, after being denied it's heritage designation in 2009, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board requested submissions from real estate brokers to sell the building and adjacent lot.

    From what I could deduce by walking around the school in it's current state, the location has been used for training by local emergency response teams. Various test rounds, blanks as well as proper targets where found all around the building.

    I was able to dig up a few pages from an old school news letter named the "Screech Owl" after the school logo, which was published between 1950-1960. They have been added as a gallery.

    Original History by 43rdstreet:
    Originally built as the high school for bowmanville, it burnt down in the early 1970's. It was rebuilt on the original property with many of the same classrooms being used. From then on it was used as a public school until it's closure in 2008. It is currently used every once in a while by the Darlington nuclear enforcement team for training.
     Media Coverage
    By sQualie:
    Application for Heritage Designation: http://www.claring...C/2008/march18.pdf

    Request for Proposal for Real Estate Services: http://images1.hel..._2010-08-23_22.pdf

    By 43rdstreet:

    About two-thirds down talks about future demolition to the area.
     Future Plans
    The future of this building is that they are going to most likely tear it down and put up retirement condos in the area where it is now. It's already being talked about in town hall.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Thu, Jun 25th, 2009
    posted by 43rdstreet
    5 pictures
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    The Screech Owl 1950-1960
    Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
    posted by sQualie
    13 pictures
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    Sat, Feb 23rd, 2013
    posted by The Secret Lens
    25 pictures
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    They Came & They Went
    Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
    posted by Abaddon
    13 pictures
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    Several Trips
    Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
    posted by LyndsayExploration
    10 pictures
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    June 2013
    Thu, Jun 20th, 2013
    posted by 43rdstreet
    10 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 11/4/2018 4:28 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 4 18 at 16:28, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 2 18 at 20:49, LyndsayExploration changed the following: Status
  • on Aug 6 15 at 16:45, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 6 15 at 9:06, LyndsayExploration changed the following: Status
  • on Nov 2 14 at 18:39, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Nov 2 14 at 9:57, LyndsayExploration changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Jul 17 14 at 3:13, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 13 14 at 4:04, LyndsayExploration changed the following: Accessibility, Hazards
  • on Jun 30 14 at 8:51, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 20 13 at 13:59, 43rdstreet added some pictures to a gallery
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