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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deer Park School No. 1171 (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

The Deer Park School District was established in January 1902 and a one-room schoolhouse was constructed on one acre of land at SW22-26-22W in the Rural Municipality of Gilbert Plains, donated by Mr. Pat Murphy. The original building was replaced in 1951 with a more modern structure sheathed in insul-bric siding. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Intermountain School Division. The former school building was moved to Gilbert Plains where it was used for a time, along with the former Mineral Creek School and Halicz School, as overflow classroom space. After a new elementary school building opened, it was moved to another location in Gilbert Plains and renovated into a private residence. A monument stands at the former school site.

Among the teachers who worked at Deer Park School was William J. Henderson (1902).

The original Deer Park School

The original Deer Park School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 71.

Deer Park School commemorative monument

Deer Park School commemorative monument (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.26280, W100.48444
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Country Schools of Gilbert Plains by Barry Randell, 2006.

We thank Ed Arndt and Alan Mason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2020

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