Historic Sites of Manitoba: Delta Beach School No. 1810 (Delta Beach, RM of Portage la Prairie)

Established in October 1915, the Delta Beach School was organized in May 1916. A school building was constructed on the south shore of Lake Manitoba, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, by members of the local fishing community. An addition was made in 1953. The school closed in January 1967. The original building was later used as a community hall but it has been abandoned for many years. It was demolished sometime in 2015 or 2016.

Among the teachers who worked at Delta Beach School were Ethel Kinley, Emily Inkster (1916), Bertha Peck (1917), Lorna Moore (1918), Ruth Brewster, Olive Jackson, Mary Rutledge, Elsie Dugard, Mona Oulton, Aileen M. Moore, P. Sargent, Dalton Gilbert, Gail Cochrane, Margaret Lesperance, and Kenneth Haffenbrak.

Delta Beach School

Delta Beach School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 40.

Students in front of Delta Beach School

Students in front of Delta Beach School (no date)
Source: Dennis McMillan

The former Delta Beach School building

The former Delta Beach School building (2002)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.18614, W98.31489
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Delta School No. 669 (RM of Prairie Lakes)


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.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2021

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