In 1927, if you got eight first-class credits in your high school matriculation examination, you got your picture in the paper, if yesterday’s and today’s photos from the August 18 1927 Toronto Daily Star are a guide.
Here’s a photo of another such successful student:
I looked him up. His full name was Percy Penturn. His father ran a real estate business, and that became his life’s work too. He was still listed as a rental agent in the 1969 city directory, which is the last one that I have access to.