During the nineteenth century, many remarkable men and women had emerged, leading the means for mankind. Progress was made in numerous fields such as literature, science and technology. One of the most prominent fields for these advancements was medicine, for many of the methods developed are still used to this day in some of the most innovative medical facilities around the world. One of the most praised physicians of the time happened to be of Canadian heritage, Sir William Osler. He was influential, brilliant, charismatic and had majestic leader-like qualities and this is why Sir William Osler is as proficient a candidate as ever for the naming of a Canadian secondary school.
Sir William Osler was born on July 12, 1849 in Bond Head, in what is now Ontario. Both of his parents were English. His mother, Ellen Free Pickton Osler, was born into a merchant family in the farmland outskirts of London, England. She had worked as the superintendent of the finest Sunday school in the area. His father, Featherstone Lake Osler, after the endurance of a shipwreck and encounters with cannibals and slave traders during his service as a naval officer, became an Anglican minister for the Church of England. William was the eighth of Ellen and Featherstone's nine children.
William was sixteen years of age when he began attending his first school, Trinity College, which was located in Weston, Ontario. This is where he had first discovered his all-time favourite text, Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne. Dr. James Bovell, a professor there, had recommended to William that he advance his education by attending the Toronto School of Medicine when he revealed his aspirations in medicine. After earned two scholarships, that is exactly what he had done. He had attended for only two years, until he had realized that the education had not been sufficient. He then enrolled to McGill College in Montreal. In October of 1870, William had surpassed the high expectations of the school and had attended for a four-year edification.