Edmonton Public Schools announced Tuesday that it will be naming the new K-9 school in the southwest community of Keswick after famed Edmonton sports figure Joey Moss.
Moss, who died last year, spent decades as a locker-room attendant for Edmonton’s professional hockey and football teams, including several Stanley Cup and Grey Cup championship squads, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Moss, who had Down syndrome, was involved with multiple charities around the city. Joey’s Home, an assisted-living residence for people with developmental disabilities, opened in 2007.
In a statement, board chairwoman Trisha Estabrooks said multiple submissions sent to the board recommended the school be named after Moss.
“Joey has left a profound legacy in the hearts and minds of many Edmontonians and through this school naming, that legacy will continue to live on for generations,” she said.
“Our students can learn a great deal from Joey and his spirit of acceptance, inclusion and most importantly his unwavering dedication to his community.”
Moss’s family said they were overjoyed by the news.
“For those who knew Joey, they would say he opened their eyes to acceptance, diversity and inclusiveness. Joey never judged or bullied, and only wanted to love, learn and smile. The Joey Moss School will be an excellent opportunity to instil these qualities in our youth at a young age,” they said in a statement.
“We are so proud of Joey and grateful that Edmonton Public Schools will be amplifying Joey’s legacy with this opportunity.”
The Joey Moss School, which is currently under construction, is set to open in Fall 2022.