Why are there two chimps on a girls’ school?

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The main façade of Bishop Strachan School, the private girls’ school in Toronto’s tony Forest Hill neighbourhood, sports two stone chimps, each clutching although not apparently restrained by a ball and chain.

Why?

I’ve searched the internet, called the school, checked a few architectural journal articles from 1916 when Sproatt and Rolph designed the building, and not found the answer.

Does anyone out there know, with a reference? Or have any ideas?

Stay tuned – I haven’t given up finding the answer.

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