Former Central School students Dean and Mary Miller hold a class photo from 1947. They were among hundreds who attended the school's 100th-anniversary celebrations Saturday in Kelowna.
Both times, it was for throwing snowballs.
"I remember because in Vancouver I got the strap in front of the whole class, but in Kelowna it was just in the principal's office," Miller said. "They put a book over your wrists and strapped the book. Whoa, did it hurt. But I guess not as much as it would have on your bare wrists, which is, I guess, why they put the book there."
Miller was reminiscing Saturday at the 100th-anniversary party for Central School on Richter Street.
While the strap story came to the forefront, Miller's school years were certainly not dominated by punishment.
"After Grade 6, I went on to Kelowna Secondary School across the street (the old high school has since been demolished). I wasn't a good student," Miller admitted.
"But in Grade 12, after I told my teacher I couldn't handle French, automotive mechanics was recommended to me. I had a great teacher in Bill Creese and I did extremely well. I went on to have this amazing, lucky career as a mechanic at Mitchell Auto Parts from 1953 to 1950, and then my own business with a partner, Miller & Wyatt, from 1970 to 1998."
The three-storey brick building that houses Central School may be a century old, but it's still one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the city.
Saturday's party saw hundreds of former students, teachers and dignitaries take a stroll down memory lane with ceremonies in the gym, historical photo displays, a heritage classroom set up in Room 201, lunch, cake, entertainment by school bands and souvenir sales.
Central operated as an elementary school for 90-some years. It's now a storefront school offering programs for kids who might otherwise drop out of school.
Miller's wife of 56 years, Mary (nee Gowan), also attended Central School from 1943 to 1947.
"I never got the strap," she said with a laugh. "I guess the girls were better behaved."
Mary remembers all her teachers: Miss Crawford in Grade 3, Miss McLaren in Grade 4, Miss Lawrence in Grade 5 and Mr. Greenaway in Grade 6.
"Miss Lawrence was my favourite," said Mary. "She ran the gymnastics club, and I was a Kelowna junior gymnast."
Mary attended Saturday's ceremonies armed with her own memorabilia - her Grade 6 class picture.
While Mary, now 77, and the man who would become her husband both attended Central School at the same time, they never met until Grade 12 at Kelowna Secondary School.
Mary also recalled walking and biking to school from her home in the Five Bridges area of Benvoulin Road.
"It was a long way," she said.
"That was when you took Sutherland Avenue because it was the highway of the day."
Ken Harding, 87, also remembered walking and biking from Benvoulin Road to Central School, but a decade earlier than Mary.
"I would have been (there) 1933-38," he said.
"It was the only elementary school in town, so everyone went here. I still also remember that my bike had balloon tires and cost me $25, which was a lot of money in those days.
"The school gave us a good grounding, and the teachers were pretty darn good. I had Miss Lawson for both Grade 1 and Grade 2."
Harding went on to be a partner for many years in Whillis Harding Insurance.
George Naito, 86, actually got to ride the bus to Central School when he started in 1934.
"It was a long, rickety ride on the dirt road from Glenmore," he said.
Naito went on to become an orchardist for many years in Glenmore.