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MHS Resources: History in Manitoba Schools and Universities

The names of many educational facilities in Manitoba commemorate historical personalities. Unfortunately, the basis for some names has not been recorded. This project will attempt to list the basis for as many Manitoba school names as possible. Those with obvious names (for example, those named for the street or town in which they are situated) will not be included.

NOTE: This is a work in progress, and information will be added as it becomes available. Please send corrections and updates to Gordon Goldsborough at webmaster@mhs.mb.ca.

Link to:
University of Manitoba | University of Winnipeg | Brandon University | Winnipeg School Board | Brandon School Board

School name

Manitoba City/Town

Notes

Sources

Alf Cuthbert School

Moosehorn

Named for school trustee Alfred O. Cuthbert.

[20]

Andrew Mynarski School

Winnipeg

Named for war hero Andrew Charles Mynarski.

MHS

Angus McKay School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1953; named for Kildonan municipal councillor Angus McKay.

J. Smith [7]

Anna Gibson School

Winnipeg

Named for teacher and volunteer nurse Anna Gibson (1896-1918).

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Arthur Day Middle School

Winnipeg

Named for school trustee Arthur H. Day.

[14]

Arthur A. Leach School

Winnipeg (Fort Garry)

Opened in 1975; named for school division superintendent Arthur A. Leach.

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Arthur Meighen School

Portage la Prairie

Named for lawyer and politician Arthur Meighen.

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Arthur Oliver School

Winnipeg

Named for school board official Arthur Oliver.

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Arthur E. Wright Community School

Winnipeg

Named for politician Arthur E. Wright.

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École Bannatyne

Winnipeg (St. James)

Named for pioneer Andrew Graham Ballenden Bannatyne.

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Lt. Col. Barker VC School

Dauphin

Named for aviator William George Barker.

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Bernie Wolfe School

Winnipeg

Named for school trustee and municipal councillor Bernie Wolfe.

J. Smith [7]

Bertrun E. Glavin School

Winnipeg

Opened in September 1973 in River East School Division; named for school trustee Bertrun E. Glavin.

[5], J. Smith [7]

Betty Gibson School

Brandon

Named for educator Betty Gibson.

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Cecil Rhodes School

Winnipeg

 

 

Chapman School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official George Thomas Chapman.

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Collicutt School

Winnipeg

Named for West Kildonan municipal official and community activist Albert Hedley Collicutt.

[40]

D. R. Hamilton School

Cross Lake

 

 

Dr. D. W. Penner School

Winnipeg

Named for St. Vital School Board chair Dr. D. W. Penner.

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Daniel McIntyre Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for educator Daniel J. McIntyre.

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David Livingstone School

Winnipeg

Named for the explorer, doctor, philanthropist, and missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873).

MHS, [15]

David Thompson School

Winnipeg

Named for early explorer and cartographer of Western Canada, David Thompson.

 

Dufferin School

Winnipeg

Named for Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, First Marquess of Dufferin (1826-1902), who visited Winnipeg during his tenure as Governor General of Canada from 1872 to 1878.

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Earl Grey School

Winnipeg

Named for Albert Henry George Grey (1851-1917), the 9th Governor General of Canada, who served from 1904 to 1911.

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Edmund Partridge School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Edmund Partridge.

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Constable Edward Finney School

Winnipeg

Named for police officer Edward Finney.

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Edward Schreyer School

Beausejour

Name for politician Edward R. Schreyer.

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Ellen Douglass School

Winnipeg

Named for M. Ellen Douglass, the school catered to the needs of handicapped children. Constructed at 700 Elgin Avenue in 1960, the school was relocated in September 1980 to Lord Roberts School.

MHS

Elwick Community School

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Neville Meldrum Elwick and his wife, Ursula Stella Peterman (c1914-1967)

[39]

F. W. Gilbert School

Pinawa

Named for engineer F. W. Gilbert.

[21]

Dr. F. W. L. Hamilton School

East St. Paul

Named for dentist and school trustee F. W. L. Hamilton.

[3]

Faraday School

Winnipeg

Named for British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867).

[28]

Fleming School

Brandon

Named for Alexander Fleming.

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Florence Nightingale School

Winnipeg

Named for British nursing and sanitation reformer Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).

[28]

General Vanier School

Winnipeg

Named for Governor-General Georges Philias Vanier (1888-1967).

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General Wolfe School

Winnipeg

Named for the British military general who won the battle at the Plains of Abraham, in 1759.

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George Fitton School

Brandon

Named for school board official George A. Fitton.

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George Johnson Middle School

Gimli

Named for physician George Johnson.

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George McDowell School

Winnipeg

Named for horticulturist George S. McDowell.

[9]

George Waters Middle School

Winnipeg (St. James)

Named for school board chairman George Waters.

[12]

Gordon Bell High School

Winnipeg

Named for physician and educator Gordon Bell.

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Goulding School

CFB Gimli

Named for Service Flying Training School No. 18 (RCAF Gimli Station) Commanding Officer Acheson Gosford Goulding.

[41]

Goulter School

Virden

Named for lawyer H. H. Goulter.

MHS

Governor Semple School

Winnipeg

Named for Robert Semple.

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Gray Academy

Winnipeg

Named for Gerald B. Gray.

[4]

Greenway School

Winnipeg

Named for Manitoba premier Thomas Greenway.

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H. C. Avery School

Winnipeg

Named for long-time school trustee Harry Avery.

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H. L. Softley School

Winnipeg

Named for administrator H. L. Softley.

[31]

H. S. Paul School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Harry Paul.

[26]

Ecole Harrison

Brandon

Named for long-time Brandon teacher Lily A. Harrison.

MHS

Harold Edwards School

Southport, RM of Portage la Prairie

Named for Royal Canadian Air Force Air Marshal Harold “Gus” Edwards (1892-1952)

MHS

Harold Hatcher School

Winnipeg

Named for school official Harold Coveney Hatcher.

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Hazel M. Kellington School

Neepawa

Named for educator Hazel M. Kellington.

[25]

École Henri-Bergeron

Winnipeg

Named for broadcaster Henri Bergeron.

[31]

Henry G. Izatt Middle School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1998; named for school division superintendent Henry G. Izatt.

MHS

Hugh John Macdonald School

Winnipeg

Named for judge Hugh John Macdonald.

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Isbister School / Winnipeg Adult Education Centre

Winnipeg

Named for Alexander Kennedy Isbister.

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J. A. Cuddy School

Sanford

Named for James Anthony Cuddy, President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association in the early 1950s.

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J. B. Mitchell School

Winnipeg

Named for architect James Bertram Mitchell.

MHS

J. H. Bruns Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for educator J. H. Bruns.

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J. M. Young School

Eden

Named for school trustee J. M. Young.

[32]

J. R. Reid School

Brandon

Named for educator J. R. Reid.

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J. R. Walkof School

Winkler

Named for educator John Robert Walkof.

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James K. MacIsaac School

Winnipeg

Originally named Our Lady of Victory School, in 1949 it was renamed for cleric James K. MacIsaac. It reverted to the original name in 1999.

[26]

James Nisbet School

Winnipeg

 

 

John Dafoe School

Winnipeg

Named for journalist John Dafoe.

MHS

John De Graff School

Winnipeg

Named for market gardener and North Kildonan municipal councillor John De Graff.

J. Smith [7]

John Henderson Junior High

Winnipeg

Named for farmer and municipal official John Henderson.

MHS

John H. Gunn School

Winnipeg [West Kildonan]

Named for municipal official John H. Gunn.

[35]

John W. Gunn Middle School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official John W. Gunn.

[23]

John M. King School

Winnipeg

Named for educator and cleric John Mark King.

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John Pritchard School

Winnipeg

Named for fur trader and pioneer John Pritchard.

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John G. Stewart School

Winnipeg

Named for educator J. G. Stewart.

[24]

John Taylor Collegiate

Winnipeg (St. James)

Named for pioneer John Taylor.

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Joseph H. Kerr School

Snow Lake

 

 

Joseph Teres School

Winnipeg

Named for police officer Joseph Teres.

[10]

Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for businessman and philanthropist Joseph Wolinsky.

MHS

Julia Clark School

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Julia Clark.

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Julie Lindal School

Ilford

 

 

Ken Seaford Junior High

Winnipeg

Named for Kenneth G. Seaford.

[37]

Krawchyk School

Winnipeg

Originally named Brooklands School, it was renamed for politician Stephen Nicholas Krawchyk after his death. After sitting empty for several years, the school building was demolished on 6 February 2009.

MHS; Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 2009, page B1

Laura Secord School

Winnipeg

 

 

Lavallee School

Winnipeg

Named for Louis Lavallee and other members of the Lavallee family

[42]

Léo Rémillard School

Winnipeg

Named for Léo Rémillard.

MHS

Lord Roberts School

Winnipeg

Named for British soldier and Boer War general Frederick Roberts (1832-1914).

MHS

Lord Selkirk School

Winnipeg

Named for Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk.

MHS

Lord Wolseley School

Winnipeg

 

 

Collège Louis-Riel

Winnipeg (St. Boniface)

 

 

Luxton School

Winnipeg

Named for teacher and journalist William Fisher Luxton.

MHS

Machray School

Winnipeg

Named for clergyman Robert Machray.

MHS

Major Pratt School

Russell

Named for educator and historian Albert Maurice Pratt.

MHS

Margaret Barbour Collegiate

The Pas

Named for educator Margaret Inez Barbour.

MHS

Margaret Hayworth School

 

Named for Second World War casuality Margaret Hayworth.

[33]

Margaret Scott School

Winnipeg

Named for nurse Margaret Scott.

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École Margaret Underhill

Winnipeg

Named for educator Margaret Underhill.

[30]

Ecole Marie-Anne-Gaboury

Winnipeg

Formerly known as Hastings Immersion School, it was named for pioneer Marie-Anne Gaboury.

[27]

Mary Duncan Elementary

The Pas

Named for educator Mary Duncan.

MHS

Mary Montgomery School

Virden

Named for educator Mary Montgomery.

[22]

Mary Newell School

Granville Lake

 

 

McLaren School

Brandon

Named for war veteran Joseph McLaren.

MHS

Mel Johnson School

Wabowden

 

 

Miles Macdonell Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for pioneer Miles Macdonell.

MHS

Mulvey School

Winnipeg

Named for politician Stewart Mulvey.

MHS

Murdoch Mackay Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for physician Murdoch Mackay.

MHS

Neelin High School

Brandon

Named for educator T. A. Neelin.

MHS

Neil Campbell School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1956; named for Kildonan municipal councillor and school trustee Neil Campbell.

J. Smith [7]

Nellie McClung Collegiate

Manitou

Named for feminist Nelly Letitia McClung.

MHS

Nelson McIntyre Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for School Board official Nelson K. McIntyre.

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Norquay School

Winnipeg (Point Douglas)

Named for Manitoba premier John Norquay.

MHS

O. V. Jewitt School

Winnipeg

Named for educator Oliver Victor Jewitt.

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Oscar Blackburn School

South Indian Lake

Named for educator Oscar G. Blackburn.

[18]

Chief Peguis Junior High School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1970; named for Chief Peguis.

MHS

Phoenix School

Headingley

When the Headingley School in North Headingley burned to the ground in the early twentieth century, it was replaced in South Headingley with a school that “rose from the ashes” in an analogous way to the mythical Phoenix bird.

[1]

Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau

Winnipeg

 

 

Pinkham School

Winnipeg

Named for clergyman William Cyprian Pinkham. The school's first principal was Frank Howard Schofield.

MHS

Prince Edward School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1920; named after Prince Edward who later became King Edward VIII.

J. Smith [7]

Princess Margaret School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1955; named for the sister of Queen Elizabeth II.

J. Smith [7]

Principal Sparling School

Winnipeg

Named for educator and clergyman Joseph Walter Sparling.

MHS

R. B. Russell High School

Winnipeg

Named for labour leader R. B. Russell.

MHS

R. D. Parker Collegiate

Thompson

Named for mining engineer Ralph Douglas Parker (1898-1983).

NK

R. F. Morrison School

Winnipeg

Opened in 1962; named for West Kildonan municipal councillor Robert F. Morrison.

MHS

R. H. G. Bonnycastle School

Winnipeg

Named for businessman Richard H. G. Bonnycastle.

MHS

R. J. Waugh School

Carberry

Named for physician Reuben J. Waugh.

MHS

R. W. Bobby Bend School

Stonewall

Named for teacher and politican Bobby Bend.

MHS

Radisson School

Winnipeg

Named for fur trader Pierre Radisson.

J. Smith [7]

Ralph Maybank School

Winnipeg

Named for politician Ralph Maybank.

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Robert Andrews School

East St. Paul

Named for market gardener Robert Percy Andrews.

[3]

Robert Smith School

Selkirk

Named for municipal official Robert Smith.

[33]

Robert H. Smith School

Winnipeg

Named for school division secretary-treasurer Robert Huston Smith.

MHS

Rod Martin School

Moose Lake

Named for municipal official Roderick “Rod” Martin.

[29]

Roland Lauze School

Nelson House

Named for educator Roland Lauze.

[19]

Ross L. Gray School

Sprague

Named for community activist Ross L. Gray.

MHS

Ruth Betts School

Flin Flon

 

 

Ruth Hooker School

Selkirk

Named for community activist Ruth C. Hooker.

[13]

St. Amant School

Winnipeg

Named for health care pioneer Beatrice St. Amant

[38]

St. Germain School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Simon St. Germain

MHS

Samuel Burland School

Winnipeg

Named for educator Samuel Burland.

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Sansome School

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Joseph H. Sansome.

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Scott Bateman Middle School

The Pas

Named for educator B. Scott Bateman.

MHS

Shevchenko School

Vita

Named for Ukrainian poet Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (1814-1861).

NK

Sigurbjorg Stefansson Early School

Gimli

Named for educator Sigurbjorg Stefansson.

[2]

Sir John Franklin School

Winnipeg

Named for British naval officer and Arctic explorer John Franklin (1786-1847).

[28]

Sisler High School

Winnipeg

Named for educator William James Sisler.

MHS

Sister MacNamara School

Winnipeg

Named for educator Geraldine MacNamara.

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Smith-Jackson School

Dauphin

Named for community activist William Smith-Jackson

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Stanley Knowles School

Winnipeg

Named for politician Stanley Howard Knowles.

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Stevenson-Britannia School

Winnipeg

Named for aviation pioneer Frederick J. Stevenson.

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Ecole Tache

Winnipeg

Named for cleric Alexandre-Antonin Taché.

[43]

Taylor Elementary School

Swan River

Named for early teacher Robert Gardner Taylor.

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Thomas Greenway Middle School

Crystal City

Named for Manitoba premier Thomas Greenway.

MHS

École Van Belleghem

Winnipeg

Named for politican Joseph Gustave Van Belleghem.

MHS

Vermette School

Winnipeg (St. Vital)

Named for early St. Vital resident William Vermette (c1858-1925)

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Victor Mager School

Winnipeg

Named for politician Victor Magar.

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Victor H. L. Wyatt School

Winnipeg

Named for educator Victor H. L. Wyatt.

[8]

Vincent Massey Collegiate

Winnipeg

Named for Governor-General Charles Vincent Massey (1887-1967).

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Vincent Massey High School

Brandon

Named for Governor-General Charles Vincent Massey (1887-1967).

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W. C. Miller Collegiate

Altona

Named for politician William Conrad Miller.

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Walter Whyte School

Grand Marais

Named for businessman Walter H. Whyte.

[36]

William Morton Collegiate

Gladstone

Named for politician William Morton.

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Sir William Osler School

Winnipeg

Named for renowned Canadian physician William Osler (1849-1919).

[34]

William S. Patterson School

Clandeboye

Formally named Clandeboye School, when a new structure was erected, it was named for school inspector William S. Patterson.

[6]

William Whyte School

Winnipeg

Named for railwayman William Whyte.

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Wolseley School

Winnipeg

Named for an area of Winnipeg which, in turn, is named for soldier Garnet Joseph Wolseley.

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Woodsworth School

Winnipeg

Possibly named for cleric J. S. Woodsworth.

[35]

Yellowquill School

Portage la Prairie

 

 

University of Manitoba

Building

Notes

Allen

Named for early professor Frank Allen.

Armes

Named for early professor Henry P. Armes.

Arthur V. Mauro

Name for former University Chancellor Arthur Mauro.

Brodie

Named for philanthropists Earle and Marion Brodie.

Buller

Named for early professor Arthur Henry Reginald Buller.

Chown

Named for Henry Havelock Chown.

Drake

Named for Drake International, a firm founded in Winnipeg by businessmen J. R. Shore and William Pollock, which made a major contribution to the building fund. [16]

Duff Roblin

Named for politician Dufferin Roblin.

Elizabeth Dafoe

Named for librarian Elizabeth Dafoe.

Ellis

Named for Joseph Henry Ellis.

Fitzgerald

Named for artist Lionel Lemoine Fitzgerald.

Fletcher Argue

Named for early professor Robert Fletcher Argue.

Frank Kennedy

Named for physical education director Frank Kennedy.

Helen Glass

Named for nursing educator Helen Preston Glass. [11]

Isbister

Named for lawyer and philanthropist Alexander Kennedy Isbister.

Machray

Named for cleric Robert Machray.

Marcel A. Desautels

Named for philanthropist Marcel A. Desautels.

Mary Speechly

Named for Mary Barrett Speechly.

Max Bell

Named for businessman George Maxwell Bell.

Parker

Named for early professor Matthew Archibald Parker.

Robson

Named for Hugh Amos Robson.

Russell

Named for early professor John A. Russell.

Schultz

Named for Robert B. Schultz.

Sinnott

Named for cleric Alfred Arthur Sinnott.

Tache

Named for cleric Alexandre-Antonin Taché.

Tier

Named for early professor William Tier.

Wallace

Named for early professor Robert Charles Wallace.

University of Winnipeg

Building

Notes

Ashdown

Named for businessman James Henry Ashdown.

Bryce

Named for cleric George Bryce.

Duckworth

Named for University administrator Henry Edmison “Harry” Duckworth.

Graham

Named for educator William Creighton Graham.

Lockhart

Named for University administrator Wilfred Cornet Lockhart.

MacNamara

Named for community activist Geraldine MacNamara.

Helen Betty Osborne

Named for murder victim Helen Betty Osborne.

Riddell

Named for cleric John Henry Riddell.

Sparling

Named for cleric Joseph Walter Sparling.

Wesley

 

Brandon University

Building

Notes

Sources

Brodie

Named for businessman and philanthropist John R. Brodie.

 

Dr. James & Mrs. Lucille Brown Health Studies Complex

Named for physician James S. Brown and his wife

 

Champ Gymnasium

Named for journalist Henry Champ.

 

Darrach

Named for nurse and philanthropist Sarah Persis Johnson Darrach.

 

Flora Cowan

Named for businesswoman Flora Cowan.

 

Jeff Umphrey

Named for businessman E. Jefferson Umphrey.

[17]

Knowles-Douglas

Named for politicians Stanley Howard Knowles and Thomas C. “Tommy” Douglas.

 

McKenzie

Named for businessman and philanthropist Albert Edward McKenzie.

 

McMaster

Commemorates the university’s former affiliation with McMaster University.

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George T. Richardson

Named for businessman George T. Richardson.

 

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: School Inspectors of Manitoba

Sources:

1. Larry Taylor, Winnipeg, 19 November 2008.

2. Joan Christenson, 21 December 2009.

3. Heritage, a Story of East St. Paul, by Robert Andrews School, 1967. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

4. “Philanthropist wasn’t flamboyant” by Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2010, page B2.

5. “Staff planning for a new school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1974, page 40.

6. Lynn Nolden, 11 October 2011.

7. Jim Smith, June 2013.

8. Nathan Kramer, 25 October 2013.

9. Nathan Kramer, 28 October 2013.

10. Nathan Kramer, 4 November 2013.

11. “New nursing centre at U of M,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1999, page 4.

12. Nathan Kramer, 27 November 2013.

13. Nathan Kramer, 5 December 2013.

14. Nathan Kramer, 18 December 2013.

15. Nathan Kramer, 23 December 2013.

16. “U of M centre opens,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1987, page 33; “U of M inspires hometown boy to forge fortune,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1987, page 25.

17. “Mental research centre opened,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1970, page 65.

18. Obituary [Oscar G. Blackburn], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2007, page 18.

19. Obituary [Roland Lauze], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1970, page 27.

20. Obituary [Alfred Otto Cuthbert], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1970, page 32.

21. Nathan Kramer, 10 January 2014.

22. Nathan Kramer, 27 January 2014.

23. Nathan Kramer, 3 February 2014.

24. Nathan Kramer, 5 February 2014.

25. Nathan Kramer, 8 February 2014.

26. Nathan Kramer, 17 February 2014.

27. “Happy anniversary,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly, South Edition, 5 November 1989, page 2.

28. “Impressive Empire Day services held,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 May 1924, page 4.

29. “Timber operation short of cutters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1974, page 6. “Blaze claims northern community’s school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 2005, page A7. “Fire fast-tracks construction of new school at Moose Lake,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 2005, page A14. Schedule: LA 0018 - Voter Lists, Accession: GR 10171, Location: G 13136, Item: The Pas, Archives of Manitoba.

30. Nathan Kramer, 21 March 2014.

31. Nathan Kramer, 1 April 2014.

32. Nathan Kramer, 5 April 2014.

33. Nathan Kramer, 9 April 2014.

34. Nathan Kramer, 12 April 2014.

35. Nathan Kramer, 15 April 2014.

36. Nathan Kramer, 21 April 2014.

37. Nathan Kramer, 10 July 2014.

38. Nathan Kramer, 23 December 2014.

39. Nathan Kramer, 2 January 2015.

40. Nathan Kramer, 24 March 2015.

41. Nathan Kramer, 17 April 2015.

42. Nathan Kramer, 2 May 2015.

43. Nathan Kramer, 15 August 2015.

New school opens at Moose Lake,” Thompson Citizen, 1 October 2010.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2017

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