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The History of R. Tait McKenzie School

Robert Tait McKenzie (1867 – April 28, 1938) was a Canadian-born American sculptor, Scouter, scholar-athlete, surgeon, soldier, and physical educator. Born in Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario, he resided in Philadelphia and worked with Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting.

A medical graduate of McGill University and University champion gymnast he later became medical director of physical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a high school friend of Dr. James Naismith.

During World War I, he was a lieutenant and major in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

His career as a sculptor stemmed from his role as physical director and much later in life.

The Joseph B. Wolffe Collection of R. Tait McKenzie Sculpture of Athletes is housed on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

Near the end of his life McKenzie expressed a wish that following his death his heart be buried in front of the Scottish-American War Memorial that he had created in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this request was denied by the "corporation of that city", but his heart was subsequently buried at the nearby St. Cuthbert churchyard. An elementary school in Almonte, Ontario was named after him in 1998.