History of Alice Brown

Alice Brown Elementary School was officially opened on November 18, 1977. In 2017, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary!

Be sure to check out our school photo archives in the “Photo Gallery”

The school was named after Miss Alice Brown, a former teacher and administrator in the Langley School District.

Alice Mary Brown was born in North Dakota on May 11, 1906. She moved to the prairies quite young. In 1911 her family settled on a farm located (Fraser Highway and 200th). She attended Glencoe Elementary School which was located on the south-east corner of 50th Avenue and 200th Street. In 1913, she attended Langley Prairie Elementary School. All her schooling was completed in Langley. After public school she enrolled in normal school.

Miss Alice Brown's Teaching Assignments

1924began teaching at Belmont School at age 18
1928assigned Principal at Milner School
1934assigned Principal at Otter School
1943-1961assigned Principal at Langley Prairie School
1961-1971taught Grade 7 at Langley Central Elementary school (her class sizes ranged between 42 to 44 pupils)
1969-1971librarian for the Langley Region
Miss Brown retired in 1971. She passed away on Oct. 24, 1975 at the age of 69.



Al Malcomson, a retired RCMP officer, recounts his childhood memory of our school’s namesake.

He writes:
I had the privilege of knowing Alice when I was a small boy (1956).  She attended our church at Langley Gospel Hall and this place was directly next door to her mom and dad’s place. I think the Burger King is on the site of the former church building. We loved her as a person and she was especially appealing to us kids. It is little wonder that she was such a successful teacher in her day.  Alice never married and she lived out in Murrayville on the Old Yale Rd. just before Johnston Townline.  We loved her cars.  She always got a top of the line vehicle and she had an Olds in ’56 with an automatic transmission.  This was in the days when the standard column shift ruled.  I remember one evening service we came out of the church and discovered that her old home next door had been torched as part of a demolition on the property.  It was an old white clapboard two storey affair and it was quite hard for her to see her old home and all its memories go up in smoke.  That area now is totally unrecognizable compared to when we were kids.  There were no McDonalds, Burger Kings, etc.  We would sometimes go to a place on the Trans Canada Hwy.(just across from Langley Prairie Elementary) called Logan’s Drive In. You could get a burger, fries and a shake there for a very reasonable price.”

Alice Brown Elementary

20011 - 44 Avenue, Langley
BC, V3A 6L8
Phone: 604-534-0744
Fax: 604-534-8854