Sir William MacDonald Elementary School began in temporary buildings at Victoria and Pender streets in 1905, and was named Cedar Cove Elementary because most of the growing population pressure was coming from residences north of Hastings Street. As Grandview grew around, the school was replaced with a permanent structure one year later and re-named after Sir William Macdonald, a tobacco merchant and educational philanthropist. Additional extensions and buildings appeared over the decades.
Now, change has brought the future to the School which has been officially known as Xpey’ Elementary since last summer, but which has this week formally undergone a name-changing ceremony. “For us, this is a legal name change,” said Musqueam Nation member James Kew.
Xpey’ means cedar and evokes the huge stands of cedar trees that used to fringe the Inlet.