Baron Byng Hall of Honour Museum
Baron Byng High School was located at 4251 St. Urbain Street, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was named after the Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, the Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Byng was a World War One hero at the battle of Vimy Ridge, an important battle that many historians, like Pierre Berton, believe formed Canada's national character. Byng was also involved in a political scandal dealing with the succession of the Canadian Government, the King-Byng Affair in 1926.
From the middle of the 1920s dating to the 1950s, the school predominately catered to Montreal's lower-income Jewish population. From the 1980s onwards, the building itself became the home of the non-profit community organization Sun Youth (Jeunesse au soleil). At the time, no one actually considered making a museum out of the school. Eventually, someone thought it might be a good idea and plans were made.
Baron Byng High School Montreal
Baron Byng High School is notable because it had a virtual who's who of Canada's academic, arts, business and political leaders. It has been immortalized in many books, including many by Mordecai Richler. Baron Byng High School had many people graduate. Some were misfits, some were great, some were kind but some Baron Byngers weren't well, another day perhaps. There are fast food restaurants in the plateau that are now all over the plateau area of Montreal where people of many different ethnicities now live. Who was the man who's namesake adorns the old building? He was a man who they named the building after. It's kind of sad to see how some people were so successful yet became so, well, again, a discussion for another time.
A committee has been formed to honour the school's graduates.
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Every once in a while an event is put on around Montreal to showcase people who did things that they were told they wouldn't be able to do. As a Baron Bynger, you're welcome to go.
Now, imagine this scenario. It's an important one because it's how Baron Byngers treat each other and their legacies.
Suppose you have cancer. You don't know where to turn because while people you know have had cancer, you never really paid attention to how they dealt with it. So you decide to speak to the best of the best. You happen to know someone who is among the most well-known, top rated doctors in the world. You repeatedly ask for an assessment and engage in many consultations, even at times that are inconvenient for the doctor, just to understand what he is going to do to help you. You recognize his experience, credentials, and renown and trust that he will give you all the information you need. You ask him not to charge you until the cancer is gone and he agrees. He gives you the most up-to-date information and an eye opening education about how cancer is dealt with. Then you do something unexpected. You call a junior doctor, practically an intern, just out in the field with not nearly enough experience and pay him to help you through this cancerous phase in your life. How do you think the first doctor feels about this?