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#1954 Cadet Corps


Name -               Central High School Cadet Corps   (CCI Cadet Corps)

Location            Calgary , AB

Formed               May 3, 1943                  Disbanded                 June 30, 1947

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

    Chief Inst W.E. Hodgson (1940) Biography


 Capt Bob Knechtel (1943) Biography




Capt A.T. Godwin (1947-49) Biography


Senior Cadets





C/Capt Wilf Baker (1943-44)


C/Capt  Harvey A. Buckmaster (1945)






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Central's traditions reach back in time to 1888 when the original Central was opened to 171 students at 5th Avenue and 1st Street S.W. Twenty-eight of these students were in high school and were taught by the principal, Mr. James Short.

By 1903, Central School was overcrowded so the high school students were moved to a building at 7th Avenue and 2nd Street S.E. This was Calgary's first distinct high school, which was officially named City Hall School.

However, the high school students preferred to call it Central High School and affectionately nicknamed it Sleepy Hollow High. In 1904, the rest of the students at Central School were moved to a new Central, which was a palatial three-story sandstone structure built for $70,000 on the west side of the old building. This school was later renamed James Short School.

Calgary's rapid growth meant that by 1907 Sleepy Hollow could no longer accommodate all of the city's high school students. A site was purchased at 13th Avenue and 8th Street S.W. where a new high school, Calgary Collegiate Institute, was built and opened in 1908 with 101 students. However, the students continued to call their new high school Central, and by the 1920's, the name Calgary Collegiate Institute faded into history. Central High School lived on. In 1965, Central High School closed and, amid tears, most students reluctantly moved to Western Canada High School. The principal of Central, Mr. J.W. Churchill, retired, and the assistant principal, Mr. R.W. Pulleyblank, was reassigned to plan a modern new school to be known as Lakeview High. As an alumnus of Central, a former teacher, and assistant principal whose father was also a principal at Central, Mr. Pulleyblank could not let Central's tradition be lost.

Consequently, on a sunny, warm September day in 1968, under Mr. Pulleyblank's leadership, Central Memorial High School opened its doors to students from Lakeview and surrounding districts. Central has undergone many changes over the last 100 years. No doubt the students of 1888 would find our present building and technology to be beyond belief. We realize how fortunate we are, and we are proud of our heritage, but we also understand the need to prepare for the future. Recent upgrades for the Fine Arts include a new Dance Studio and Drama upgrades. 

in the 1970s it was renamed the Dr. Carl Saffran Centre. Today the School is now a private school.

CCI (Central Collegiate Institute) Feb 2006 (F.Arseneault)


History -   

Affiliated Calg Highlanders 1943. redisig: Central High School Cadet Corps, Oct 25, 1945. affil.: 41st Anti-Tank Regt (SP) RCA, Nov 26, 1946. H.Q. 12-C-179

"Central High School" or "Central Collegiate Institute C.C." flocked shoulder flash WWII


1942 pattern slip on shoulder title

Central Collegiate Institute C.C.



1943 1944 1945 1946 1947



Central High School Cadet Team which competed in the 14th (R) Army Tank Regt trophy shoot 27 March 1943
L-R rear row: Cpl D. Gibson, Cdt G. Hogarth, Capt R.J. Knechtel, Cpl J. Munson, Cdt T.F. Harris.
Front row: Cdt R. Fleming, Cdt R. Anderson, Cdt D. McKillop, Cdt J. Edworthy, Cdt D. Webb (Courtesy National Army Cadet League office)





Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)

Annual Inspection May 1946 (Glenbow Archives, Harvey Buckmaster)





CCI Army Cadets. 1943 to 1946.  

I had been prompted from Grade Nine to Ten on the basis of the departmental examinations that every student completing Grade Nine in Alberta had to write. On the basis of these results, I was selected to be able to attend Central Collegiate Institute. In September 1943, I was in one of the two Grade Ten classes of about 38 students. I believe that my home-room teacher was Mr. Robinson, a mathematic teacher. Mr. Lou Goodwin was the men’s physical education teacher and he was also responsible for the cadet corps.

I decided to join and I have a photograph of myself taken outside my home soon after I received my uniform in the fall of 1943. My parents had entrained many air force members from various parts of the Commonwealth who were stationed in Calgary to learn to fly. I probably was influenced by their regular presence on weekends in my home. Wilf Baker, a Grade Twelve student, was the Captain of the corps. I do not remember the names of any of the other cadet officers or NCO’s. They are probably listed in the student year book which was called the Analecta. I know that a set of copies exist at Central Memorial High School in the southwest part of Calgary so there may be more information available from them. We were trained to do military drill which required considerable practice before a platoon of 24-27 boys could march with precision and respond in unison to complex commands. I do not remember when we did our training but it could not have been after school unless it was restricted to the four to five o’clock interval as I had a Calgary Herald paper route with about 210 customers which took me an hour to deliver and my mother always had dinner at just after six pm . I believe that we went to Mewata Armories in the evening on a day during the week.

The most memorable activity for me was learning to do target shooting. We went to Mewata Armories regularly (once a week?) because it had a rifle range in one of the wings to the building. There, we learned how to do target shooting using 0.22” bore rifles. I remember vividly that we were first checked to determine which was our master eye. It is very difficult to do many physical activities if one is left handed and right eyed or conversely. We learned safety procedures before we were allowed to do any actual shooting from the prone position. The range was only 25 feet long. I found it a very interesting challenge to learn to fire, initially five rounds and get them all through the bulls-eye in the target since this area was about the size of a nickel coin. After becoming reasonable proficient, we attempted to use ten rounds which was a greater challenge. There were shooting proficiency badges for meeting certain standards. I recall that there were three different levels and that the badges had, I believe, red, blue and green backgrounds. I do not remember what the requirements were or which colour was the lowest, etc. (these badges were given to the Glenbow Museum in 1992/3 before I moved from Calgary to Victoria )

In Grade Eleven, Mr. Bill Hackett replaced Mr. Goodwin as the men’s physical education teacher so “Wild Bill”, as he was known to the students, became responsible for the cadet corps. I was promoted to first corporal and then sergeant during this second year. Target shooting continued to be my primary interest and my skill level increased considerably. We also learned about signal procedures, map reading and military history during this year.

I should note that we had a cadet drum and bugle band that was started, I believe, in the fall of 1944. A friend of mine, Verne Trevoy, was a member of this band. I do not remember that he was interested in target shooting. The CCI cadet corps was affiliated with the Calgary Highlanders. At one stage, there was some discussion about whether the cadet corps would wear kilts provided by the Calgary Highlanders as part of our uniform. I believe this proposal was dropped because of the projected cost.

In Grade Twelve, Wilf Baker had left for the armed forces, so I was promoted to be the commanding officer of the CCI Cadet Corps with the rank of captain. In the fall of 1945, I felt very proud of this promotion but I was acutely aware of the fact that I could not fill the boots of Wilf Baker who had been involved in army cadets for at least four years and had a great deal more experience than I had. There was a Commonwealth target shooting competition for army cadets in which I participated. In the spring, learned that I had ranked in the top ten in this competition and received a special badge. In the late spring in May or June, there was an annual inspection by the officer commanding the cadet corps in Calgary . Much time was spent in preparation for this event as it was a source of great pride to be rated the best cadet corps. The photographs that I donated to the Glenbow Museum were record the annual inspection in May or June of 1946. I recall that I was awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust pin for my contributions to army cadets in Calgary . I do not have the lapel pin which may be what I was being given by Lieutenant (?) Hackett in the one photograph rather than the Commonwealth competition badge that I had labeled for it. I do not have the pin, unfortunately, as a person from the trust approached my mother for a donation. She was very angry about this solicitation for some reason so her response was negative. Furthermore, she decided to discard the pin which was in my room at home while I was away at the University of Alberta .

My experience being in army cadets during my high school years led me, when I went to university, to join the COTC. I wanted to be in RCEME because of my interest in wireless because I had obtained my amateur radio operators license with call letters VE6IA in February of 1946. Unfortunately, I was enrolled in an Honours Physics programme rather than in Electrical Engineering so I ended up in the artillery. We were required to put in ten hours of service every month during university term for which we were paid $10. This was a non-trivial amount as it constituted my entire spending money for each month. Again, I discovered that I could spend my time doing target shooting at the range located in the hanger building where physical education had its offices and gave its programmes. I obtained the three levels of badges for my expertise in shooting. This involved the use of both 0.22” and 0.303” bore rifles as well as a 0.45” caliber service pistol. Some of the levels required one to shoot at targets from the standing position and achieve certain scores over a period of time.


Submitted by Dr. Harvey A. Buckmaster. Feb 2006