Historic Sites of Manitoba: High Plains School No. 1777 (RM of Fisher)

High Plains School was formally organized in February 1915 but it appears a school did not begin operation at this site in the Rural Municipality of Fisher until 1917. The school building was destroyed by fire on 25 March 1933 but was rebuilt. The district was dissolved in April 1967 and, although the wood frame building was reportedly still present at the site in the early 1990s, no trace of it was found during a visit in late 2011.

The teachers of High Plains School included Paul Somotiuk (1917-1919), Simon Junnovitch (1919-1920), John Hawryluk (1920-1921), N. V. Bilinsky (1920-1921), Joseph K. Lamb (1921-1923, 1924-1925), Cecil Burrows (1923-1924), Richard Collier “Dick” Green (1925), Elias Evasiuk (1925-1926), John R. Maills (Fall 1926), Mary Cozy (Spring 1927), Nicholas Volodymir Bachynsky (Fall 1927), Teresa Demchuk (Spring 1928), Mary Melnychuk (Fall 1928), Freddy N. Brisson (Spring 1929), George William Burrell (Fall 1929 - Fall 1930), Leslie Ernest Grace (Spring 1931 - Spring 1932 & night school Spring 1932), John Martin Hawryluk (Fall 1932 - Spring 1933), Eugenia Prygrocki (1933-1934), Pearl Sawula (1933-1936), Pearl Sawula (1934-1935), Mary Bachewich (1935-1936), Helen Klym (1935-1936), Stephanie Malkowich (1936-1937), Donna Rutchko (1936-1937), John Chimchak (1937-1938), Olga Chimchak (1937-1938), Annie Smigel (1938-1939), Helen Tanchuk (1938-1940), Jane Andrieshyn (1938-1940), Mary Chreptyk (1939-1940), Adam Presley (1941-1941), Olga Chimchak (1941-1941), Jane Andrieshyn (1941-1941), Joseph Hallas (1941-1946), Sonya Hallas (1941-1946), Martha Korotash (1946-1947), Lena Leochko (1946-1950), Mary Kolach (1947-1948), Rosie Rozecki (1947-1948), Ann Nechwediuk (1947-1948), Lena Leochko (1948-1949), Elsie Bailley (1948-1949), Roy White (1949-1950), William Glitnak (1950-1953), Emily Dern (1953-1954), Michael Lischinsky (1954-1957), Thomas Dwernychuk (1955-1956), George Lysak (1957-1960), Peter Kubas (1960-1961), Sonia Genyk (1961-1962), Carl Galebiaski (1962-1963), Steven Fuz (1963-1965), Irene Woloshyn (1965-1966), John Stocki (1965-1966), and Irene Woloshyn (1966-1967).

High Plains School

High Plains School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 33.

High Plains School teacherage

High Plains School teacherage (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 33.

High Plains School commemorative sign

High Plains School commemorative sign (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.89023, W97.70793
denoted by symbol on the map above


School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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.

The Poplarfield and District Millennium Album, 1900-2000 by Ed Ledohowski, 2000.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2023

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