Allan Roy MacNeill was born in 1903 in Port Arthur, Ontario. His family moved to British Columbia in 1910 where his father built their home on West 18th Avenue in Vancouver.
Mr. MacNeill entered U.B.C. at age 15 and after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he received a Teaching Certificate as a member of U.B.C.â€™s first â€śHigh School Teachers Training Programâ€ť.
Mr. MacNeill came to Richmond in 1925 to teach at Bridgeport School. In 1928 he became principal of Richmond High School, and in 1959 he assumed the position of Director of Secondary Instruction for Richmond School District, where he remained until he retired in 1968.
Mr. MacNeill played an integral part in the sweeping upward stride in local education. He had an active interest in high school sports and he was instrumental in making school facilities available for studentsâ€™ extracurricular activities.
A.R. MacNeill was an Honourary Life Member of the B.C. Parent Teachers Association, recipient of the Canada Centennial Medal, a Charter member of the Richmond Kiwanis, and an honourary member of the Richmond High School Alumni.
Mr. MacNeill was active in the community up to the time of his death in February 1981, and had been heard to complain that he wished there was more time to get a few things done.