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Historic Sites of Manitoba: General Wolfe School (Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)

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General Wolfe School, named for the military general who won the battle at the Plains of Abraham for British forces, was constructed in 1920 by day labourers working for the Sutherland Construction Company. Designed by local architect J. N. Semmens, the one-storey, 16-classroom structure (with an assembly hall as the sole space on a small second storey) was designed to accommodate 720 students. Initially intended as an elementary school, at various times through its history, the building was used as a High School (later transferred to Daniel McIntyre Collegiate) and a Junior High School (tranferred from Greenway School).

Construction of a new school, designed by the Winnipeg architectural firm of Smith, Carter, and Partners, began in October 1975 and was completed at a cost of around $2.1 million. Located parallel to Banning Street, it opened to students in December 1976. With the demolition of the old school underway, the new General Wolfe School was officially opened on 9 March 1977 by the Minister of Education.





Percy Dewart Harris (1871-1953)


Raymond George Pannell (1894-1936)


Herbert Wellington Huntley (1879-1974)


Arthur Herbert Hoole (1889-1991)


Archibald Cameron McMurchy (1900-1982)


George Edward Whitlaw (1904-1996)


Charles Martin




Leonard W. Baron


Among the other teachers of General Wolfe School were Henry Andrew Moroz, May Victoria Wright (1921-1924), Harry Shafransky, Bethel Harold Stinson, James Warren Chafe, John L. Wright (1953-1954), Catherine “Caye” Scott (1940-1954), Marion Elizabeth MacAulay, Percy Albert Lanham (1969-1975), Frank Alywin “Andy” Anderson, Frank Eugene Hughes, Gordon Thomas MacDonell, Garnet Milton Morrison, Robert McIlroy Cross, Herbert Wellington Huntley (1927-1945), May Victoria Wright (1921-1924), Cecil Cullen Foster, Cynthia Eleanor Forde Walkes, Gordon Edward Mark (1940-1942), Allan Shafer Bowman (1936-1939), Arthur Bailey (1920-1921), and George H. Phillips (1950s).

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General Wolfe School

General Wolfe School (1920)
Source: Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1920, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

General Wolfe School

General Wolfe School (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89361, W97.17110
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Montcalm School (Tecumseh Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wolfe Monument (Osborne Street, Winnipeg)


“Winnipeg schools, No. 40—General Wolfe,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 December 1922, page 5.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 June 2015

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