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About KES

History

In 1886 horses pulled milk wagons up the long College Road, boys ran from the wooden schoolhouse up to the new chapel for service, and the Cadet corps had just begun.  By the time a hand had scratched 1988 in the library's stone; cars parked beside new classrooms, several generations of students had fought in two World Wars, and the School was getting ready to celebrate its bicentennial.
 
Now 225 years later at King’s-Edgehill School, our history and traditions are as alive and integral to our culture as the thud of rugby boots across the lower field, or the musky snap of clean, September air.
 
Founded in 1788, KCS was the first independent school in both Canada and the British Commonwealth. Today, we honour the remarkable traditions of excellence, achievement and leadership that have long defined our School.
 
The KES experience has always been about creating an environment where promising students become responsible, well-rounded leaders. More than two centuries later, this commitment to our students and their families remains unwavering.
 
 
Plan a visit and Discover Your More!
The best way to truly experience King's-Edgehill School is by visiting the campus and allowing a student to include your child in his or her day while you speak with our Admissions Team. Contact us to plan your visit here.

KES Timeline
  • 1787 - Dr. Charles Inglis arrives in Nova Scotia
  • 1788 - King's Collegiate School for boys opens with 17 students
  • 1789 - George III gives Royal Assent to K.C.S.
  • 1800 - The boys of K.C.S. adopt the game of hurley to the ice of Long Pond
  • 1863 - Convocation Hall is built, Canada's first library museum building
  • 1867 - Canadian Confederation: Among the Fathers of Confederation are 3 former K.C.S. students
  • 1877 - Hensley Memorial Chapel opens on the first Sunday of Michaelmas Term
  • 1891 - Edgehill School for Girls opens with 27 resident and 15 day students
  • 1920 - Disastrous fire destroys the main buildings of the University of King's College
  • 1923 - The school and the university separate; King's College moves to Halifax
  • 1931 - Inglis House is erected on the foundation of the original 1790 College building
  • 1976 - Amalgamation to form King's-Edgehill School
  • 1981 - King's-Edgehill offers the International Baccalaureate Programme, the sixth school in Canada to do so