Historic Sites of Manitoba: Agassiz Drive School / Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools (26 Agassiz Drive, Winnipeg)
Built in 1961 for the Fort Garry School Division, this seven-classroom school had its own Principal until 1982 when, as a result of low student enrollment, it was administered by the Principal of St. Avila School for three years until it closed in the summer of 1985. Along with the former General Steele School, the building was used as office space for the School Division prior to the 1991 opening of the Division’s new $2.7-million administration building at 181 Henlow Bay. The facility was then used for special programming including an Alternative Co-operative Education program. In 1994, the building was acquired by the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary School (WMES), since renamed the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools. This facility, a K-6 school, has been designated the Katherine Friesen Campus, named in honour of the WMEMS co-founder.
Among the teachers of Agassiz Drive School was Elizabeth I. Bennett.
Photos & Coordinates
“Commercial developments,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1961, page 58.
“Agassiz Drive Tea,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1962, page 22.
“Notice to tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1982, page 82.
“Enrolment drop forces closing of division’s smallest school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1985, page 11.
“Teachers applaud decision,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1993, page B.
“New offices in the works,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly South Edition, 29 January 1989, page 3.
“New office,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly South Edition, 13 November 1988, page 3.
“Division moves,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly South Edition, 27 January 1991, page 2.
“Fort Garry counsellor talks teens into work placement,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1993, page B3.
About [School History], Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools.
We thank Sherry Clayton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 29 April 2020