In 1953, the Hamilton board of Education wrote to Bernard Law Montgomery, a decorated Veteran from both WWI and WWII, asking his permission to name a new school in the city’s east end after him. When it was officially opened on April 18th, 1953, Viscount Montgomery Elementary was publicized as “the most modern school in North America” and the largest single-story school in Hamilton. Montgomery, the school’s name-sake, referred to the school as his “beloved school” and visited on five separate occasions. On his last visit in 1960, he said to “his” students:
“Let’s make Viscount Montgomery School the best in Hamilton, the best in Ontario, the best in Canada. I don’t associate myself with anything that is not good. It is up to you to see that everything about this school is good. It is up to the students to not only be the best in school but in their behaviour outside of Viscount. Education is not just something that will help you pass your exams and get you a job, it is to develop your brain to teach you to marshall facts and do things.”
Rich with history, Viscount Montgomery is an exciting east end JK to Grade 8 school of approximately 350 students with a committed, dedicated staff, where the focus is on Literacy and Numeracy. Viscount has a full range of extra-curricular activities. The school is supported by an excellent Home and School association.