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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grenier School No. 1446 (St. Labre, RM of Piney)

The Grenier School District was organized in March 1908 and a one-room schoolhouse operated in St. Labre in what would become the Rural Municipality of Piney. In 1961, it was replaced by a two-room structure, the former St. Alexander School No. 1335 from near La Broquerie, and the former school was sold and moved away from the site. Two years later, the building was put on a newly-dug, full basement.

The school closed in June 1967 and the district was dissolved. Its area became part of the Seine River School Division. The former school building was used for a time as a community centre but, at the time of a 2013 visit, it appeared vacant.

The original Grenier School building

The original Grenier School building (no date) by James Tod
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 119.

The second Grenier School building, the former St. Alexander School

The second Grenier School building, the former St. Alexander School (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.33329, W96.03609
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

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

We thank Doris Hovorka of the Sprague and District Historical Museum for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2021

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