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Manbert, Dave

  • Person
  • 1938 - 2020

Dave Manbert was born in 1938 and began attending Appleby College as a student in 1948. He graduated in 1957, he attended the University of Toronto to obtain his teaching certificate. In 1964 he began teaching at Appleby College. He taught English, Latin and History over the years, but is known for teaching geography and being the Head of the Geography Department from 1969 until his retirement. He was the Athletic Director from 1973 to 1985. He coached football, softball and hockey at Appleby. He was instrumental in starting softball and baseball at Appleby. He retired in June 1994. At his retirement in 1994, the school introduced The David W.L. Manbert Award, awarded to the Senior Student who had demonstrated a sense of humanitarianism while at the school. He died January 12, 2020.

Massey, Raymond Hart

  • Person
  • 1896-1983

Raymond Hart Massey was born August 30, 1896 in Toronto, Ontario to Anna (nee Vincent) and Chester Daniel Massey, owner of Massey-Harris Tractor Company. His older brother was Vincent Massey, a Canadian lawyer and diplomat who became the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. Raymond briefly attended the Preparatory School at Upper Canada College before coming to Appleby School (now College) from 1911-1914. While at Appleby, Raymond was Head Prefect, played on the First Rugby, Hockey, and Cricket teams and performed in the Appleby Dramatic Club’s productions. Raymond went on to attend the University of Toronto but his education was interrupted by his service in the Great War; he served in the Canadian Field Artillery, where he rose to the rank of Captain. At the end of the war, Raymond attended Oxford University. Raymond is among the first Canadian-born actors to attain international stardom and is best remembered for this portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in both the stage and film versions of Robert Sherwood’s Abe Lincoln in Illinois; his popular movies include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Arsenic and Old Lace, Things to Come, and East of Eden. Raymond received 7 honourary doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States and attributed his former Appleby master Vernon Harcourt de Butts Powell for his love of drama. Raymond Massey died on July 29, 1983.

Mayor, Rodney Garth

  • Person
  • 1938 -

Rodney “Rod” Garth Mayor was born May 24th, 1938, in Toronto, Ontario. Mayor attended Appleby College from 1950 to 1953. He did not graduate from the school, but is considered to be from the class of 1957. He was privileged to be a part of the Appleby Coronation choir that performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Mayor is remembered at Appleby as a distinguished boxer, winning the James Cup (80 lbs) in 1952. Upon leaving Appleby, Mayor attended Ryerson and specialized in business administration. He has worked for Nestle Canada and has been working in real estate for over 18 years. Mayor interests include volunteering as a Big Brother, coaching hockey in Port Credit, and horse racing.

McLean, Guy S.

  • Person
  • 1987-2010

Guy S. McLean was Appleby’s sixth headmaster, now referred to as principal. Prior to his appointment as headmaster in 1987, McLean held a number of academic posts at Appleby including Director of Studies, Head of English, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Director of the Junior School under Michael Nightingale.

Born in London, Ontario, McLean obtained a BA in English at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. In 1971 McLean joined Appleby, primarily teaching English, Latin and Mathematics in the Junior School. McLean’s tenure as headmaster has seen significant changes in both the focus and direction of the College. In consultation with the Board of Governors and staff, McLean wrote a long-range business plan that set the direction of the College’s development into the 21st century. Two important initiatives in the plan were the implementation of a coeducational programme and narrowing the academic programme by phasing out grades four to six. In the fall of 1991, Appleby saw its first female intake; then in 1993, the first alumnae graduated. That same year Baillie House, Appleby’s first residence for women, opened. By the fall of 1993, the lowest entry level was grade seven.

Another important advancement of the College was the decision to join the Round Square, an international association of independent schools, which has enhanced opportunities for Appleby students to participate in exchange programmes and international projects. This occurred in 1992.

In 1998, a second strategic plan was approved during McLean’s tenure, which saw the college grow dramatically by the purchase of six acres at the northeastern corner of campus, the construction of a full-size artificial-turf field hockey pitch, the long-awaited construction of a new Powell’s House (to replace the original 1918 structure), as well as a state of the art wireless Student Commons building that contains a new
library, archives, information technology department, classrooms, and a new dance studio.

Under McLean’s direction, five pillars of strength were established: Community Spirited, Technologically Innovative, Academically Vital, Globally Inquisitive, and Actively Engaged. Of particular note is the in which IT is integrated into every facet of the school curriculum. With over three decades of service, McLean can attest that Appleby is a “co-educational day and boarding university-preparatory school, with a
curriculum based around the liberal arts” with over 740 students. He retired as Headmaster and Principal in 2010.

Meggs, Nina

  • Person
  • 1886 - 1973

Nina May Meggs was born December 12, 1886, in Gananoque, Leeds, Ontario to Abraham E. Meggs and Margaret Meggs. She had six siblings, Reginald, Fred, William, Stanley, Epsie, and Sadie. She began her career as a nurse-in-training at Brockville General Hospital in 1908 until 1913 and served as a nurse for some time at the military hospital Kingston Convalescent Home until 1917. On November 23rd, 1917, Nina signed up for military service overseas for WWI in Kingston, Ontario and departed for service in December of 1917. She arrived overseas in January of 1918 and returned from service sometime after May 1919.

Nina worked at Appleby College as a Registered Nurse from 1921-1924. She joined the Appleby school staff in June 1921, taking over for the previous nurse, Miss Nurse. She briefly left Appleby sometime in July 1923 due to an unknown illness and returned sometime in June 1924. She suffered a reoccurrence of her illness sometime between September-December of 1924 and left Appleby permanently in December 1924. Nina Meggs died in 1973, and is buried in Gananoque, Ontario.

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