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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine School (175 Winston Road, Winnipeg)

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Designed by architects Pratt & Ross, and constructed by Hazelton & Wallin Limited, Assiniboine School was completed in October 1922. Brick, wood and stucco infilling combine with ubiquitous limestone trim to offer visual interest and a lively optimistic feeling around the exterior. Contrasting red brick accentuates corner and window trim details. Large brackets and exposed rafter tails add horizontal emphasis. The entry hall features a large striking mural depicting an aboriginal campsite, one of two stylized murals installed in 1930. Both murals were painted in the 1920s by students from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. One of the murals disappeared in the 1960s and its whereabouts remains a mystery. It is believed the remaining painting is by student artist Lulu Bingham.

Principals

Period

Principal

1922-1926

Earl A. Ross (?-?) - co-administrator with Britannia School

1926-1928

Fred E. Tinker

1929-1930

Robert Cecil Paris (1885-1964)

1930-1936

William John “Bill” Wallace (1900-1988)

1936-1952

James F. Holmes

1952-1959

Ervyn Milne Houck (1905-1993)

1959-1964

Kristjan Bergthor Sigurdsson (1899-?)

1964-1966

Paul Pura (1914-1999)

1966-1969

Donald Taylor McKinnon (1926-2012)

1969-1970

Lincoln Lautermilch

1970-1974

Conrad Sigurdson

1974-1977

William T. “Bill” Betz

1977-1978

Mr. P. Lewis

1978-1981

Gordon C. Tovell

1981-1989

Peter D. Carney

1989-1990

Sharon Smith

1990-1996

?

1996-1998

Roger Lacroix

1998-2004

?

2004-2006

Stella Hussey

2006-2015

?

2015-2016

Sandra Melo

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1954-1957

Norah Winnifred Thompson

1958-1963

Sophia Moffett

1963-1964

George Peter Krahn (c1933-2012)

1964-1968

Bertha May Blackburn “Birdie” Ellison (1921-2012)

1968-1969

Conrad Sigurdson

1969-1973

Glen Harper

1973-1974

Gail Marriott

1974-1983

?

1983-1984

Daniel Maharaj

1984-1985

Lucille Mollot

1985-1986

Peter Mingo

1986-1988

?

1988-1989

L. Harris

1989-1990

P. Thibodeau

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1955-1956

Mrs. Pearl Aconley, Miss Irene Catellier, Keith Chorneyko, Miss Emily Ferguson, Miss Elizabeth Joan Freeberg, Miss Catherine J. Grahame, Donald Hall, John E. Laxdal, Mrs. Dorothy M. McDonald, Mrs. Ruby McDonald, Miss Margaret E. Moore, Miss Flora I. Pollock, Miss D. H. Richardson, Mrs. I. Strilkiwski, Mrs. S. B. Thorsteinson, Miss Joan B. Westberg, Mrs. Nancy E. Woodrow

Photos & Maps

Assiniboine School

Assiniboine School (1939)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7451, Album 14, Page 31.

Assiniboine School

Assiniboine School (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87774, W97.21065
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine School No. 148 (RM of Whitehead)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine School / David Livingstone School (1303 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon)

Sources:

“Wallace named as Principal of St. James School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1936, page 5.

“Assiniboine students honor retiring principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1952, page 3.

“Address List, Municipal School District of St. James No. 7,”St. James Assiniboia School Division.

Assiniboine School History, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

The Winnipeg School of Art: The Early Years by Marilyn Baker, University of Manitoba, 1984.

We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall and Christopher Pate for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Reid Dickie.

Page revised: 16 June 2017

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