Rosthern Junior College (Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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David Toews, long-time principal and board chair.

Rosthern Junior College dates back to 1905. For many years this school was called the German-English Academy. Its purpose was to keep Mennonitism alive; study of the Bible and of German were to help in achieving this aim. The first meeting was held by Elder Peter Regier, but soon Elder David Toews was the leader in this affair.

The opening of the school took place on 14 November 1905. There were 24 students that year. Hermann Fast ("with a beard") was the first teacher, then David Toews took the leadership of the school, teaching until 1917, when he resigned to give his time to the alternative service program. Cornelius D. Penner taught in this school and served as principal in 1921-23 and 1925-31. Another teacher was Kornelius G. Toews, in whose time, 1938-51, the enrollment of the school went over 150.

David Toews (died 1946) was chairman of the school board until 1944. A new school building was erected in 1910. Lack of money hindered the school for many years. In the summer of 1945 a dormitory with three stories and a basement was built for the girls and shortly afterwards one for the boys. The enrollment in 1957 was well over 100; it had eight teachers, nearly all of them with a B.A. standing. The principal was Elmer Richert. In the late 1950s about 70% of the students, boys and girls, lived and boarded at the school. The four grades of high school were taught.


Epp, Frank H. Education with a Plus: The Story of Rosthern Junior College. Waterloo: Conrad Press, 1975.

Epp, George, ed. Roots and Wings: 100 Years of Rosthern Junior College. Rosthern: Rosthern Junior College, 2005.

Additional Information

Address: 410 6th Avenue, Rosthern, SK  S0K 3R0

Phone: 306-232-4222

Website: Rosthern Junior College

Author(s) J. G Rempel
Date Published 1959

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Rempel, J. G. "Rosthern Junior College (Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 9 Jul 2020.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=141702.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 362-363. All rights reserved.

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