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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Butterworth School / Brooklands School (1950 Pacific Avenue West, Winnipeg)

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In 1956, the Brooklands School District No. 1440 constructed a six-classroom high school at this site, known as Brooklands Collegiate or Butterworth Collegiate, as part of a “Butterworth Complex” including also the nearby “White School” and “Red School.” Three years later, a six-classroom addition was made to the structure. In September 1961, it was named formally as Butterworth School while the other schools became Cressey School and Krawchyk School, respectively. The basis for the Butterworth name is unclear but it may commemorate early school trustee and Secretary-Treasurer of the school district, George Butterworth.

In 1961, high school students moved to the newly constructed Brooklands Collegiate. Classes in the lower grades were consolidated in the Butterworth building after the closure of Cressey (1972) and Krawchyk (1997), with middle years (grades 6 to 8) moved to St. James Collegiate. The facility, now focused on early-years (K-5), was renamed Brooklands School.

Principals

Period

Principal

Before 1967

See Brooklands School District

1967-1973

John Lyzun (1913-1984)

1973-1979

Peter D. Carney

1979-1985

Jack Carnegie

1985-1989

Victor “Vic” Wieler

1989-1991

Dorothy Young

1991-1993

Donald Timmerman

1993-1994

Peter Mingo

1994-1996

?

1996-1997

Len Harris

1997-2001

Irene Thiry

2001-2003

?

2003-2005

Sue Marlatt

2005-2008

Neil Moffatt

2008-2022

Rex Ferguson-Baird

2022-?

Samantha Amaral

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1969-1973

Edith May Kelly (1916-1998)
Miss I. M. Jeffery

1973-1977

?

1977-1979

Glen Harper

1979-1981

Ross Narick

1981-1982

Lawson Tarbuth

1982-1984

Mr. J. Neufeld

1984-1986

Laurence B. Friesen

1986-1987

Dorothy Young

1987-1988

?

1988-1989

Candace Borger

1989-1990

C. Newman

1990-1996

?

1996-1997

Jennifer Fraser

1997-2019

?

2019-2020

Samantha Amaral

2020-2021

Jackie Gagne

Teachers

Among the teachers of Butterworth School was Mary A. Bodnarus.

Photos & Coordinates

Fire insurance map showing the Butterworth Collegiate at bottom, White (Cressey) School at upper left, and Red (Krawchyk) School at upper right

Fire insurance map showing the Butterworth Collegiate at bottom, White (Cressey) School at upper left, and Red (Krawchyk) School at upper right (1958)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Western Canada Fire Underwriters Association, St. James-Assiniboia, Series 4, Sheet 3

Brooklands School

Brooklands School (April 2020)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Brooklands School

Brooklands School (April 2020)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Brooklands School

Brooklands School (September 2020)
Source: Rex Ferguson-Baird

Brooklands School

Brooklands School (February 2022)
Source: Rex Ferguson-Baird

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92175, W97.20267
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: George Butterworth (c1885-1952)

Manitoba Organization: Brooklands School District No. 1440

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brooklands “White School” / Cressey School (1919 Pacific Avenue West, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brooklands “Red School” / Krawchyk School / Brooklands Park (1921 Pacific Avenue West, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brooklands Collegiate (1770 King Edward Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

A Short History of Brooklands Elementary Schools including Woodsworth, Cressey, Krawchyk, Butterworth, St. James Assiniboia School Division.

“Turning a school around,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1982, page 24.

“TQE makes grade in classrooms,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1992, page 19.

“Full-day kindergarten gets results,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1999, page A1.

“School’s demise draws crowd,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 2009, page 21.

Obituary [Mary Antonia Bodnarus Berch], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 2016.

We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall, Nathan Kramer, and Rex Ferguson-Baird for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2022

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