Beverly Heights is a neighbourhood in northeast Edmonton. Originally part of the Town of Beverly, Beverly Heights became a part of Edmonton in 1961 when the town amalgamated with Edmonton. Since this time the community has enjoyed a bountiful growth in population and has become quite a nice place to move to and enjoy all that the surrounding area has to offer.
The neighbourhood is bounded on the south by the North Saskatchewan River valley, on the north by 118 Avenue, on the west by 50 Street, and on the east by 34 Street and 36 Street. Nearby communities include, Highlands, Beacon Heights, Rundle Heights and Newton. The Town of Beverly was a coal mining town with over twenty mines operating in the area during the town's history. The following major mine was active in area of Beverly Heights. Giving the area a history as a blue collar neighbourhood.
There are four schools in Beverly Heights, the Beverly Heights Public School, the Lawton Junior High School, the R.J. Scott Elementary School, and the St. Nicholas Catholic Junior High School. The education system in Beverly Heights is one of the best in the area. Many people send their kids to the schools in Beverly Heights and thus the surrounding area has one of the highest graduation rates around.
Lawton Junior High School was the first junior high school in the Town of Beverly, and is named after Percy Benjamin Lawton. Lawton was a teacher, principal, Supervisor of Beverly Schools, and superintendent. He also served briefly as mayor of the Town of Beverly. Many graduates of the High School go onto attend one of the universities in the area and as such increases the educational value of the schools.
The Beverly Cenotaph, originally built to remember the men from Beverly who served and died in World War I, is located in Beverly Heights. The original dedication ceremony was held on October 17, 1920, making the cenotaph the first to be erected in the Edmonton area, and one of the earliest in Alberta. The cenotaph was expanded and rededicated in 1958. This is still a popular item to see especially sine the restoration that took place.
For those looking for a neighbourhood with a long history of stability, the Beverly Heights area is perfect. Tradition and history are rich while the area is prime for a boost of new residents in coming years.