1875 School Washrooms

  • School Yard Drawing from the book The School House, J. George Hodgins

    The Privy

    The issue of suitable sanitation and washroom facilities was a concern up until the advent of modern plumbing. People relieved themselves in privies, or outhouses typically consisting of an open pit over which a small wooden structure was built. In his annual report of 1850, Egerton Ryerson records that 371 schools in Upper Canada had privies, while 1,215 had no facilities at all; students had to wait until they returned home.

    Maker unknown

    Printed paper


    Drawn plan of school yard with the lawn, girls' and boys' yards, privies, well and furnace shown.