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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Centennial School / Edmund Partridge School (240 Royal Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Built in 1913 at a cost of $58,000, on a design by local architect Edgar Prain, the two-storey brick school on Main Street at Royal Avenue was opened officially on 5 December 1913. It eventually became part of the Seven Oaks School Division.

Centennial School was later joined at the site by Edmund Patridge School commemorating municipal official Edmund Partridge, and the two buildings were linked together. The cornerstone for Edmund Partridge School was laid by Edmund’s daughter Eveline Farlinger, also a the West Kildonan School Trustee, on 24 November 1955. The school was officially opened 11 April 1956, though already in operation. At the ceremony was Mrs. E. Farlinger, then West Kildonan School Trustee Board Chairwomen, Minister of Education W. C. Miller, Chairman of the municipality and Public Utilities Board R. L. McDonald, and Winnipeg School Board trustee A. E. “Nan” Murphy.

The facility offered a English-Hebrew bilingual program (1982-c1988) and was also a High School (1921-1954) prior to the construction of the West Kildonan Collegiate in 1954. Both school buildings served as wings of the West Kildonan Collegiate from 1997 to 2008. The 26-room Centennial building was demolished sometime between 2008 and 2010.

Principals (Centennial School)

Period

Principal

1913-1921

John William Lawbe Doubleday (1867-1938)

1921-1931

George James Elliott (1869-1948)

1931-1935

Clifford James Udell (1898-?)

1935-1940

Eldon Franklin Simms (1907-1964)

1940-1948

Albert Lee Herron (1895-1970)

1949-1953

James Kenneth Mackay (c1912-1968)

1953-1954

John Leamen (1908-1967)

1954-1960

Verne Henry Essery (1887-1973)

1960-1967

Edward “Ted” Kiernan (?-2001)

1967-1970

Ruby N. Joyce

1970-1974

?

1974-1975

Jack Winters

1975-1979

?

1979-1980

Moshe Selchen

1980-1984

?

1984-1990

Arthur Sutton

1990-?

?

?-1997

Pat Stefanchuk

1997-2008

See West Kildonan Collegiate

Principals (Edmund Partridge School)

Period

Principal

1955-1959

Agnes Isabelle Arnold (1908-1996)

1959-1964

Henry Royal Dwyer (1905-1996)

1965-1966

John Frederick Archibald “Jack” Partridge (1912-1966)

1966-1970

A. J. Wieler

1970-1975

Vladimir Solman

1975-1979

?

1979-1985

Stanley A. Didkowski

1985-?

?

?-1988

Rosalene Saleskie

1988-?

Ken Humeny

?-1996

?

1996-1997

Val McCorkel

1997-2008

See West Kildonan Collegiate

2008-?

?

?-2014

Jan Romio

Teachers (Edmund Partridge School)

School Year

Teachers

1955-1956

Winifred Bawden, Hilda M. Campbell, Thomas Chesley, Myrtle M. Craig, Margaret B. Duggan, David Duerksen, Vyrna A. Heggie, Anne Keith, Edward Kowalchuk, Olga A. Lund, Charlotte D. MacQuarrie, Alice L. McCuaig, Lloyd T. McCullough, Henry H. Petkau, Rodnie Peppler, Albert Rothenberger, Rudolph A. Schultz, Marilyn J. Townsend, Mary E. Watson, James W. Young

Among the other teachers of Centennial School were Arthur H. Lawson and James George “Jim” Dark.

Photos & Maps

Centennial School

The Centennial School building prior to an addition (no date)
Source: A Historical Study of Public Education in West Kildonan to 1959 by Raymond Ronald Bailey, 1966

Site Location (lat/long): N49.94052, W97.11738
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Events in Manitoba History: Battle of Seven Oaks (19 June 1816)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Seven Oaks Monument (Main Street, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Semple (1776-1816)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Kildonan Collegiate (101 Ridgecrest Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Seven Oaks Middle School (800 Salter Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Corner stone of the Centennial School laid,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 July 1913, page 4.

“Opening Centennial School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 December 1913, page 6.

“West Kildonan loses no time in answering school fire ‘alarm’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1955, page 3.

“New W. K. school opens Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1956, page 2.

“Gift money stolen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1959, page 1.

“Principals shifted in close vote,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1964, page 24.

A Historical Study of Public Education in West Kildonan to 1959 by Raymond Ronald Bailey, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, 1966.

“Happy 75th,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly Northeast Section, 7 August 1988, page 2.

“Principals appointed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1988, page 49.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 September 2015

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