Mr. Alfred Baker was the next headmaster after Mr. Seath left the school. He was a gold medallist in the Toronto University and was later a professor there. He was appointed examiner in the University in 1871, and could not come to Oshawa at once on account of his work with exam papers. Mr. Perdue a third year man in the University took his place in the central school until he was free to come.
Being a specialist in mathematics, a position as headmaster in a school probably did not have much appeal for Mr. Baker and most likely not enough salary. However his sojourn in Oshawa was short, he resigned in July 1872.
Professor Baker edited textbooks in Mathematics; to mention one, “Hamblin and Smith’s Algebra” with appendix by A. Baker” instructor of mathematics in the Toronto University. It was highly recommended by different high schools in the county.
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