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1958: New School of Physical Education

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Until 1958 students wishing to receive special training in physical education had to leave the province. Although the University of Saskatchewan had a long history of physical training and recreational sports, the current needs and demands of the students were exceeding the capacity of the existing system.  Classes were originally designed to prepare students as instructors for elementary and secondary schools and as early as 1940 all freshmen students were required to enroll in a one-year physical activities class. In 1950 a Department of Physical Education was established to carry on a service program for all students and to provide for physical education classes as electives in the Colleges of Arts and Science and Education. 1   Twenty-nine students enrolled in the new School of Physical Education for the 1957/58 academic year, the course was to be four years in duration and leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, B.A. (P.E.).2  The Director was Dr. W.A.R. Orban whose previous post was Civilian Consultant to Airforce Headquarters on Physical Education and is perhaps best remembered for his development of the 5BX and 10BX exercise programs.  The school was to remain part of the College of Arts and Sciences until 1972 when it obtained College status.  In 1998 the College was renamed the College of Kinesiology, offering  a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology [B.Sc.(Kin.)].

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Related Collections

College of Physical Education fonds, RG 2095.
John Dewar fonds, MG 195.


1958a: W.A.R. Orban. Photograph Collection, A-3297.
1958b: Physical Education gym, 1955. Photograph Collection, A-440.
1958c: Calendars and Timetables - Physical Education, 1958.


1. Guide to Holdings.
2. Annual Report, 1957-1958.

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