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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clarke School No. 2278 (Municipality of Rossburn)

The Clarke School District was established in February 1937, using some of the land from the former Hranko School District, and a one-room schoolhouse opened at NE25-20-24W in what is now the Municipality of Rossburn. The district was named for school inspector J. W. Clarke. The school closed permanently in 1960 and the district was dissolved in 1965. Its catchment area became part of the Rossburn Consolidated School District and later the Pelly Trail School Division. No vestige of the former school remains at the site but a sign commemorates it.

The teachers of Clarke School were Miss Bugera, Miss Polka, Mr. Halas, Miss Lesiuk, Miss N. Ponchuk, Miss J. Rudneski, Miss J. Matiowsky, Mr. Zatylny, Mr. E. Trakalo, Miss E. Shmyr, Miss R. Melnyk, Miss Chastko, Miss Dutkiewich, Mrs. E. Pawluk, Mr. Zurbyk, William Theodore “Bill” Betz, and Mrs. McNulty.

Clarke School

Clarke School (no date) by J. P. Sigvaldason
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 129.

Clarke School commemorative sign

Clarke School commemorative sign (August 2021)
Source: Lorna Clark

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.75575, W100.68240
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Walter Clarke (c1887-1972)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rossburn Centenary Monument (Municipality of Rossburn)


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

On the Sunny Slopes of the Riding Mountains, A History of Rossburn and District, Volume 1 by Rossburn History Club, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.R78 Ont]

We thank Lorna Clark for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 March 2022

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