William James Sisler (1870-1956) came from Ontario at the age of nineteen. He studied at Wesley College, took a non professional teacher’s certificate in Toronto and a B.Sc.Ed in Chicago. In 1905 he became principal of Strathcona School, which was attended by many immigrant children. Sisler supported the government’s decision to eliminate instruction in languages other than English because he believed that education needed to Canadianize newcomers. Sisler High School was named after him.