The most surprising thing about this book and about this research project is we don’t know who the first students were. And in a way it’s not surprising because on day one there were just 11 day-time students. But in total there were more than 300 students.
So, I looked in all the archives and all the newspapers and there is no list of those first students or in the months after it opened in October 1916. However, I believe somewhere there’s a beautiful, big, old ledger and then, in beautiful calligraphic script, are these names all of these students ― the first 11, and then the ones that showed up the next day, and the next day and the next day … It will be wonderful when it is discovered.”
David Finch, Historian | Author, Shapers, Makers and Originals, The Story of SAIT’s First 100 Years
Editor’s note: SAIT’s centennial book, ‘Shapers, Makers, and Originals: The Story of SAIT’s First 100 Years’ will be for sale for $24.95 in the SAIT Bookstore beginning Sept. 23. There is a limited release of 2,000 books.