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School Profile

Lawton is a junior high school located in the historic Beverly neighborhood of Northeast Edmonton. Working with students in Grades 7, 8, and 9, and their families, we offer a variety of programming to meet the needs of today's students to prepare them for the challenges of high school and life.

We have high expectations of students for their academic, personal, and social growth. Students are made aware of learning and behavioural expectations and are held accountable to these reasonable guidelines. Discipline is an essential character trait in building accountability, responsibility, and respect for self and for others. 


Our Namesake:

Mr. Percy Benjamin Lawton

Percy Lawton, or P.B. as he was known was Beverly’s longest serving and best loved teacher and principal.  Mr. Lawton began teaching in Beverly in 1927 and reached the position of Supervisor of Beverly Schools before retiring in 1957, a remarkable 30 year record of service in the same jurisdiction.  During that time he taught over 805 Beverly students.

Mr. Lawton was born in Lacombe, Alberta in 1902 and came to Edmonton as a child in 1905.  He attended Queen Alexander School and Strathcona Collegiate Institute.   He began his teaching career in Duffield and then moved to Beverly in 1927. 

While other teachers in early Beverly used their position as a stepping stone to other opportunities, Lawton reflected that, “As soon as I arrived in Beverly, it seemed like home.”  He was known for instilling a strong work ethic, a motivation to learn and an atmosphere that helped give the town a good reputation for education.  He was recognized by Beverly in 1957 for his 30 years of outstanding service to the town.

He remained on the job until one month before he lost his battle with cancer on January 2nd, 1962, at the age of 59.