History of the Joe Shoong School
|The Joe Shoong School House was built in 1915 funded by the Kao Ming Tong. The building was used by the KMT members as a meeting place and also used by the Locke community as a town hall. In 1926 with funding from the Nationalist Party of China, it became the National School, a place for “after school” children to learn Cantonese reading and writing skills. The school was called Kao Ming School. Chinese children attended this school after a full day of studies at their regular public school. The school was closed around 1940 for a few years. The School house was refurbished in 1952 with funding from Joe Shoong, founder of the National Dollar Store and later named after him. A millionaire, Shoong promoted Chinese language, art and culture. The school was closed in the mid-eighties due to the decreased youth population and lack enrollment. To learn about Joe Shoong please see the Spring Newsletter 2013.|
|The Chinese school building is now a museum and open to the public free of charge. Currently two giant bronze busts commemorating Sun Yat-sen and Confucious sit before its entrance. A gift from the Zhongshan Municipal People’s Government of China.The busts are a reminder of Sun Yat-sen’s vision of a democratic modern China and Confucious philosophy. Both have influenced and inspired people from around the world.
Hours: Friday 11am to 4pm
Address: 13920 Main Street, Locke