Milton School Named After Pro Wrestler:Tiger Jeet Singh
Milton Elementary School Named After Veteran Pro Wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh.
A Milton elementary school, just outside Toronto, is going to be named after iconic wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh. The Milton school will be called Tiger Jeet Singh Public School.
Tiger Jeet Singh Wrestling Career
Tiger Jeet Singh now 65 was veteran wrestler who started his career with Maple Leaf Wrestling popular with fans in Southern Ontario where he had epic battles with the Iron Sheik, Sweet Daddy Siki, Andre The Giant and others. Tiger Jeet Singh a hero to Canadian wrestling fans would pull out his patented Cobra move or sleeper hold to ensure victory. Tiger Jeet Singh became a villian when he went on to wrestle in Japan.
He immediately began wrestling in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1973, and would feud with Inoki as a result of the shopping centre incident; Inoki would avenge his wife by breaking Singh's arm in a 1974 match, but Tiger defeated Inoki to win the NWF world title in 1975, only to lose it back to Inoki three months later.
He wrestled in the main event of the joint New Japan-All Japan card in Tokyo in 1978, teaming with Abdullah the Butcher to take on the Japanese dream team of Inoki and Giant Baba; he would continue to team with Abdullah frequently.
Milton school named after Tiger Jeet Singh because of his community work
Semi retired now Tiger Jeet Sing (his real name is Tiger Singh Hans) settled in Milton an area outside of Toronto with a large Punjabi Sikh population. Tiger Jeet Singh is extremely active in the community donating both time and money to a variety of community and charitable causes.
An iconic figure and an active member of the community, the local Halton school board had to decide between a number of name options for the new school.
The Halton board solicited suggestions for the new school through libraries, schools and on its website, and then whittled those down to a shortlist of four for trustees to vote on: Coates Crossing, Robert McCaw (former principal and well-known photographer), John Deacon (former principal and mayor), or Tiger Jeet Singh.
Tiger Jeet Singh was obviously delighted and honored to have an elementary school named after him while some local parents say it is inappropriate to have a school named after an someone who participated in a violent sport like wrestling.
Milton author and historian John Challinor II made the presentation to the board, and stressed that the honour should be made based on Tiger Jeet Singh's philanthropy and humanitarian works.
"Naming the new school for Tiger Jeet Singh would afford students and staff at that institution regular access to someone they could relate to and who could mentor them the way he does to thousands of others," Challinor said.