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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (Edmonton Street, Winnipeg)

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Named for King Edward VII’s consort, Alexandra School was built by the notorious Kelly Brothers in 1902-1903 at Edmonton Street and St. Mary Avenue where the Winnipeg Convention Centre now stands. A true showplace of the time, it was designed by Architect and Commissioner of School Buildings J. B. Mitchell. Alexandra School became a template for many of his best school designs. Originally a two-storey building, and intended to alleviate overcrowding at Carlton School, the third floor was added when enrolment justified it. Downtown Winnipeg changed from a business/residential mix to almost all businesses. Four homes at the rear of the school building were removed to make room for expansion.

The school was closed in June 1969 and the building was demolished later that year. A commemorative plaque for the school was presented to the Winnipeg Convention Centre by former Principal W. G. Pearce.

Among the noteworthy students who attended Alexandra School were Gerald Aldous, Chester Martin, Ontario judge Earl C. Popham (1892-1959, son of E. S. Popham), pediatrician Harold E. Popham (1896-1993, son of E. S. Popham), Ralph Maybank, James Richardson, Harry Ashdown, Harold Fowler, Ray Fowler, Norman Dick, Jack Dick, Clifford Dick, Paul Duval, Merlin Duval, Athol Gordon, Edward Pitblado, Lloyd Warner, Bert Warner, Thomas Laidlaw, Frank Simonite, and Hawood Steele.

Principals

Period

Principal

1905-1913

Thomas Laidlaw (1865-1926)

1913-1914

Gilbert Summers (1874-1962)

1914-1915

Lemuel Alexander Ferguson (1865-1915)

1916-1919

Ernest James Motley (1868-1940)

1919-1926

John James Wilkinson (1881-1958)

1926-1929

Harry H. McIntosh (1880-?)

1929-1930

Wilfred Gilbert Pearce (1893-1975) - Acting

1930-1935

Carrie Maud Yuill (1877-1938)

1935-1949

Alice S. Price (1889-1976)

1949-1951

Wilfred Gilbert Pearce (1893-1975)

1951-1954

James Warren Chafe (1900-1984)

1954-1958

Isobel Kendal Jefferies (1905-1975)

1958-1960

Thomas Bell (1913-1996)

1960-1966

Emily Marjorie Shaw (c1915-2009)

1966-1969

Eric V. Hjartarson (c1917-1970)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1903-1904

Miss McDougall, Miss Doupe, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss Clement, Miss Scoble, Miss E. Holiday, Miss Stevenson, Miss Martin, Miss Marrin, Miss Buchanan, Miss Banning

1904-1905

Miss Holiday, Miss Thompson, Miss Scoble, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss Clement, Miss Doupe, Miss H. Hislop

1905-1906

Miss M. Macdougall, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss C. I. Scobie, Miss E. Fielding, Miss Effie Thompson, Miss F. Harper, Miss E. Banning

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss C. Scoble, Miss E. Fielding, Miss J. Brown, Miss Effie Thompson, Mrs. Adair

1908-1909

Mrs. Adair, Miss J. M. Brown, Miss E. Fielding, Miss C. Scoble, Miss Ethel M. Hall

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Miss Justine Brown, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Mrs. E. Burch, Miss E. Fielding, Miss Effie Thompson, Miss Alice Stewart

1911-1912

Mr. W. Sadler, Miss J. M. Brown, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss S. McKenzie, Mrs. Burch, Miss E. M. Fielding, Miss Effie Thompson, Miss A. Stewart, Miss M. Dickie

1912-1913

Elementary Department: Mrs. E. Burch, Miss Effie Thompson, Miss E. Fielding, Miss A. Stewart, Miss L. M. Whittacker. Collegiate Department: Mr. Sadler, Miss J. M. Brown, Miss Ethel M. Hall, Miss S. C. MacKenzie

1913-1914

Miss M. C. Turner, Miss M. J. Bell, Miss B. Laurie, Miss F. Kelty, Miss L. M. Whittaker, Miss N. Parsons

1914-1915

Miss N. Parsons, Miss F. Kelty, Miss M. C. Turner, Miss B. Lawrie, Miss M. J. Bell, Miss M. E. McKinnon

1915-1916

L. Brown, K. Broatch, N. Parsons, M. Bell, F. Kelty, B. Lawrie, L. Black, L. Griffin

1916-1917

E. B. Elliott, N. Parsons, M. J. Bell, F. E. Kelty, B. Lawrie

1917-1918

M. E. Campbell, E. Sanders, F. S. Kelty, M. McKinnon, B. Lawrie

1918-1919

Elementary Department: M. Cameron, F. Kelty, M. E. MacKinnon, B. Lawrie. High School Department: E. M. Fielding, M. A. Garland, F. McColl, Mrs. H. M. Sweet

1919-1920

F. E. Kelty, B. Lawrie, Maude Jarrett Peacock

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

E. Burch, V. Douglas, E. M. Gillespie, F. E. Kelty, B. Lawrie, K. A. McDonald, Maude Jarrett Peacock, K. Wooster

1922-1923

E. Burch, Lovell Crawford, V. Douglas, E. M. Gillespie, K. Johnstone, F. Kelty, Elizabeth “Bessie” Lawrie, Maude Jarrett Peacock, H. M. Sweet, N. C. Thompson

1923-1924

E. Burch, V. A. Douglass, E. M. Gillespie, F. Kelty, B. Lawrie, Maude Jarrett Peacock, Miss Effie Thompson

1924-1925

D. Bishop, E. Burch, E. M. Gillespie, E. R. Johnston, F. Kelty, F. E. McIntyre, Maude Jarrett Peacock, N. C. Thompson, K. Wooster

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

D. Bishop, N. K. Connelly, Ethel Craig, E. M. Gillespie, F. E. Kelty, N. Lane, F. E. McIntyre, Maude Jarrett Peacock, A. C. Thompson

1927-1928

V. Douglas, E. J. Hamilton, K. Holloway, F. E. Kelty, N. Lane, E. O’Donnell, Maude Jarrett Peacock, A. C. Thompson, I. Waters

1928-1929

V. Douglass, E. J. Hamilton, F. E. Kelty, I. L. McCallum, Maude Jarrett Peacock, A. C. Thompson, E. P. Wallace, I. Waters, K. Wooster

1929-1930

L. Greenfield, E. J. Hamilton, F. E. Kelty, H. McCallum, Maude Jarrett Peacock, I. R. Waters, K. Wooster

1930-1931

W. M. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, E. J. Hamilton, F. E. Kelty, F. L. Lang, E. M. Rose, M. M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, P. M. Whyte

1931-1932

W. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, E. J. Hamilton, F. E. Kelty, L. F. Laing, E. Rose, M. M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, P. M. Whyte, H. Wallis

1932-1933

W. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, E. J. Hamilton, K. Johnson, F. E. Kelty, E. M. Rose, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, W. Templeman

1933-1934

W. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, K. Johnson, A. Jones, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, R. Tyndall

1934-1935

W. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, F. Hicks, K. Johnson, A. A. Jones, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer

1935-1936

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, F. E. Hicks, M. Murray, M. Shortreed, E. Spencer, G. Spencer

1936-1937

W. Bloomer, J. Chambers, W. Conroy, E. Haig, L. L. J. Holmes, M. Shortreed, R. Soronow, G. Spencer

1937-1938

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, H. Dykes, E. Haig, L. Holmes, H. Kinney, M. Patterson, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, R. Soronow

1938-1939

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, E. Dawson, H. Dykes, Miss Gertrude Holmes, L. Holmes, A. McDonald, M. Patterson, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer

1939-1940

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, L. Dyke, Miss Gertrude Holmes, M. Lamb, M. O’Keefe, P. Pagot, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer

1940-1941

?

1941-1942

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, Miss Gertrude Holmes, M. Lamb, M. O’Keefe, A. S. Price, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer

1942-1943

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, Miss Gertrude Holmes, M. Lamb, M. O’Keefe, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, E. Suttie

1943-1944

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, Miss Gertrude Holmes, M. O’Keefe, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, E. Suttie

1944-1945

?

1945-1946

W. Bloomer, J. Cameron, W. Conroy, Miss Gertrude Holmes, M. O’Keefe, E. Phipps, J. Robertson, G. Spencer, D. Stringer

1946-1947

W. Bloomer, W. Conroy, H. Crowe, Miss Gertrude Holmes, J. Robertson, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, D. Stringer, L. Wylie

1947-1948

W. Conroy, L. M. Downing, H. Forbes, Miss Gertrude Holmes, L. B. Neville, J. Robertson, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer

1948-1949

Miss W. Conroy, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. L. Johnston, Miss I. B. Neville, Miss L. Quiring, Mrs. J. Robertson, Miss G. Spencer

1949-1950

Miss W. Conroy, Miss E. Flynn, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. N. McKay, Miss I. B. Neville, Mrs. J. Robertson, Miss G. Spencer, Mrs. V. B. Wallace

1950-1951

Miss W. M. Conroy, Miss E. B. Flynn, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. N. K. McKay, Mrs. M. A. McManus, Mrs. J. A. Robertson, Miss G. Spencer, P. Wilby

1951-1952

Miss W. M. Conroy, Miss E. Flynn, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. N. McKay, Mrs. M. A. McManus, Mrs. J. Robertson, P. Wilby

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

Elementary department: Mrs. J. Alexander, Miss R. Altman, Miss W. Conroy, Miss E. Flynn, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. N. McKay, Mrs. M. McManus, Mrs. J. Robertson. Intermediate department: P. Wilby

1954-1955

Mrs. J. Alexander, Miss W. Conroy, Miss E. Flynn, Mrs. H. Foster, Mrs. C. Haydey, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Mrs. N. McKay, Mrs. V. Thornton, Elmer L. Wice

1955-1956

Miss W. Conroy, Miss M. S. Graham, Miss I. Hinchcliffe, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Miss V. Owens, Mrs. E. Pederson, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss A. Tulman, Elmer L. Wice

1956-1957

Miss W. Conroy, Mrs. Lillian Dyke, Miss Gertrude Holmes, Miss S. Malmgren, Mrs. L. M. Muldoon, Miss A. Mund, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss A. Tulman, Elmer L. Wice

1957-1958

Miss J. Anderson, Miss W. Conroy, Mrs. L. Dyke, Miss S. Malmgren, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss A. Tulman, Elmer L. Wice

1958-1959

Mrs. M. Butterill, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. I. Pointon, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss A. Tulman

1959-1960

Mrs. M. Butterill, Miss M. Collins, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. V. McLennan, Mrs. I. Pointon, Mrs. F. Stansfield, Mrs. V. Thornton

1960-1961

Mrs. M. Butterill, Miss M. Collins, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. N. Hanley, C. Koch, Mrs. V. McLennan, Mrs. I. Pointon

1961-1962

Mrs. M. Butterill, Mrs. L. Gillet, J. Graham, Mrs. N. Hanley, A. Kozak, Mrs. V. McLennan, Mrs. B. Sigurdson

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Mrs. M. L. Gaskin, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mr. P. Giuch, Mrs. N. Hanley, Mrs. J. Robertson, Mrs. F. Rowland, Mrs. B. Sigurdson, Mrs. S. Smith, Mrs. D. Youngstrom

1964-1965

?

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

Mrs. E. Berry, Miss M. A. Boymook, Mrs. J. Forbes, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. G. I. Hunter, A. Kuzyk, Miss G. Nachtigall, Mrs. F. Rowland, Mrs. M. Schmidt, I. Suprowich, Mrs. A. Sutton

1967-1968

Mrs. E. Berry, Miss M. Boymook, Miss S. Brown, Mrs. S. Essers, Mrs. J. Forbes, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. B. Morlock, Miss M. Peterman, Mrs. M. Redpath, I. Suprowich, Mrs. A. Sutton

1968-1969

Miss M. Boymook, Mrs. J. Dewson, Mrs. S. Essers, Mrs. L. Gillet, Mrs. P. Halim, Mrs. M. Little, Mrs. B. Morlock, Mrs. G. Neufeld, Miss M. Peterman, Mrs. S. Stephens, Mrs. I. Storey, I. Suprowich, Mrs. A. Sutton

Photos & Maps

Alexandra School

Postcard view of Alexandra School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP1256.

Alexandra School

Alexandra School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Alexandra.

Alexandra School

Alexandra School (1902)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Alexandra School

Commemorative plaque for Alexandra School at the Winnipeg Convention Centre (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88949, W97.14518
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carlton School / South Central School (Graham Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s School (St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (College Avenue, Brandon)

Sources:

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1.

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“Inspection of cadets,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1903, page 3.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 16—Alexandra,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 November 1922, page 19.

“Many active in city’s life today attended Alexandra” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1949.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Reid Dickie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 May 2017

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