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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kelvin Technical High School (55 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)

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Designed by Winnipeg school architect J. B. Mitchell and built of Tyndall stone and Leary red brick between 1910 and 1912, Kelvin Technical High School opened for classes in January 1912, for south Winnipeg students in grades 10 to 12. Its twin, St. John’s Technical High School, was built at the same time for students in the north end of the city. Renovations made in 1922 were designed by J. N. Semmens. Two additions made in 1963 and 1964 replaced the original school building, which was demolished in 1965-1966.

On 9 June 2012, an MHS Centennial Organization Award was presented to principal Jim Brown on behalf of Kelvin High School.

The school has compiled lists of former students who were killed during military service during the First World War and Second World War. Also compiled have been lists of noteworthy students and teachers of Kelvin High School, in various categories.

Category

Noteworthy Alumni

Military

Ian Arthur DFC, Gordon H. Avent DFC, Gordon Baldwin, Howard C. Bretz DFC, John Brice OBE, Clifford Chadderton, Eric Vickers Chown, Lloyd Cruikshanks DFC, Jack Cumbers DFM, Mac Dalrymple OBE, Charles E. Dingle DFC, Earl R. Evans DFC, Gordon Paton Fahrni DSC, Clive Finkelstein DFC, Russell L. Fogg BEM, Kenneth Forsythe DFC, Bernard Frankel DFC, John L. Gemmell DFC, Robert Gibb USAM, Robert Goatcher DFC, Charles F. Goodeve OBE, Arthur Kavanagh MC, Thomas C. Kaye DFC, Donald MacDonald DFC, Thomas MacKay DSC, Ross Manahan DFC, Clarence Victor McArthur, Stewart J. McDowell DFC, Frederick McNeil DFC, Geoffrey Mitchell OBE, Jack Mitchell MC, William C. Molden DFM, G. Harvey Morgan MM, John R. Morrison DFC, Leslie Pope MC, John Pratt DFC, John M. Ruttan DSC, R. W. Sharpe MC, W. J. Sheppard DFC, J. Spence Shiach DFC, Sigurdur Victor Sigurdson, Orrin C. Snell DFC, Maitland Steinkopf OBE, Beverly Stewart OBE, Anna May Waters RRC, Campbell Thomas Weir DFC, Richard J. Wheatley DFM, Ben L. Widdowson DFC, Gordon Wiggans USAM, Brian Wilmot DFC, Norman Wilson-Smith OBE, Carl Wood OBE

The Arts

Stephen Carrol, Richard Condie, Fred Cross, Roger Currie, Benjamin Darvill, Eli "Spitz" Epp, Dan Finkleman, Ken Finkleman, Chris Frayer, Tom Hendry, Rob Herriot, Elaine Grand Hill, David Huband, Jay Ingram, Havey Jessee, Sarah Anne Johnson, Michaele Jordana, Ava Kobrinsky, Walle Larsson, Ruth Moody, Mary Margaret Birt Nowell, Frederick Ralph Cornelius Penner, Jeremy Penner, Julie Penner, Leonard Podolak, Mitch Podolak, Sid Rabonivitch, Douglas Rain, Matthew Rankin, Kathleen Richardson, Laurel Ridd, Bryn Roberts, John Kristjan Samson, Gail Singer, Maiko Watson, Garfield "Odario" Williams, Catherine Wreford, Neil Young

Physicians & Lawyers

Ida Manning Armstrong, Elinor F. E. Black, Robert Ogden Hinch, William Steward Arnold Martin

Academics & Educators

William Huntley Cameron, Irene Elizabeth Grant Church, Gerald Fraser Dougall, David Merritt Duncan, Aileen Garland, Jack Harper, Robert Thomas Hodgson, Arthur Herbert Hoole, Oliver Victor Jewitt, Gertrude Allison Kent, Clarence L. Kerr, Lionel Orlikow, Ed Lipson, Herbert Marshall McLuhan, Pat Mooney, William Neville, Percy Graham “Paddy” Padwick, Doris Boyce Saunders, Hugh Hamilton Saunderson, Arthur Schafer, Jack Milburn Scurfield, Harvey Secter, Sybil Francis Shack, John Teskey, Shirley M. Tilghman

Businesspeople & Bankers

James E. Coyne

Athletes

Sigurdur Franklin “Frank” Fredrickson

Politicians & Civil Servants

Paul Vogt, Duff Roblin

Writers

 

Community Workers & Clerics

 

Miscellaneous

 

Principals of Kelvin High School

Period

Principal

1912

David Merritt Duncan (1870-1951)

1912-1914

Elwood A. Garratt (1859-?)

1914-1932

Robert Thomas Hodgson (1864-1950)

1932-1946

James Stockdale Little (1881-1958)

1946-1955

E. Floyd Willoughby (c1889-1956)

1955-1965

Robert John Cochrane (1900-1978)

1965-1974

Marshall Roscoe “Ross” Thompson (1914-1990)

1975

Marcel Pelletier (1922-2012)

1975-1976

Sybil Francis Shack (1911-2004)

1976-1989

?

1989-?

Maxine Zimmerman

?-?

?

?-2001

Bob Wilkes

2001-?

Susan Anderson

Teachers of Kelvin High School

Among the teachers who worked at Kelvin High School through the years were R. H. Wellwood and John Holmes.

Photos & Maps

Kelvin High School

Kelvin Technical High School (circa 1912)
Source: Rob McInnes

Kelvin High School

Kelvin Technical High School (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87381, W97.16801
denoted by symbol on the map above

Kelvin Students Killed During the First World War

Lieutenant Reginald Adams
Flight Lieutenant L. Armstrong
Lieutenant H. August
Roderick Bannatyne
Lieutenant Trevor Bell
Peter Berry
Peter Bissett
Gilbert Brunton
Lieutenant Kenneth Campbell
Lieutenant H. Chaffey
William Cheyne
Lieutenant F. Christie
Cecile Clarke
Douglas Cram
Russell Crossley
James Dowker
Lieutenant Jack Elliott
John Fingland
Allan Fraser
Theodore Gunn
Lieutenant E. Higginbotham
George Holman
Robert Hutt
Orrin Jones
George Jull
Radford Lane MM
Carl Mather
Herbert Maybank
Ian McDonnel
Lieutenant A. McIntyre
Stuart McIntyre
Frank McKnight
Edgar McLennan
Lieutenant Keith Miller
Lieutenant Charles Mitchell
Bert Nason
Percy Nason
Harry Orde
Robert Ormiston
Cunliffe Powys
Lieutenant Louis Perkins
Lieutenant C. Popham
Reggie Rattenbury
Lieutenant Jack Ross
Fred Scott
Stanley Scott
Garnet Stewart
Rupert Schwitzer
Reggie Tennant
Gordon Wallace
Lieutenant D. Warren
Lieutenant Alex Waugh
Fred Webb
Lieutenant Percy White
Frank Whyte
Lieutenant Alan Williams
Otto Williams

Kelvin Students Killed During the Second World War

“Buzz” William Abbott
Willis K. Addison
Tom Aldridge
Ralph Grant Allan
Frank Allery
Hamilton F. Alloway
Paul Andersen
Harry T. Anderson
Ross Armstrong
R. Howard Armstrong
William H. Arnold
Robert Ashley
Roydon G. Ashmall
Thomas “Tod” Bailie
Douglas Bain
John W. Benham
Edward Bettess
Roland E. Black
Colin John Blyth
Archie N. Book
Robert A. Booth
Clive Boulton
Fred Bradley
Duncan E. Breck
Jack G. Broder
Edmund W. Callan
David H. Cameron
Donald Cameron
Duncan Campbell
Albert Candline
Robert L. Cann
Edward B. Carley
Gerald Caron
Frank Carpenter
Donald Perry Carruthers
George W. Chambers
Clayton E. Corbett
Ronald M. Counsell
William R. Courage
Ray Craig
John Creighton
Keith John Crossing
Daniel Crossland
James David
Arthur E. Dawson
Richard W. Denison
John De Seiyes
Harry Dickenson
Vernon F. Dodds
Robert S. Doney
Stanley Duddles
Campbell Duncan
Stanley Duncan
Hugh Dunphy
Ralph Earp
Robert W. Edwards
Lionel Emeno
Clarence Evans
William Ewing
Leslie Falardeau
Gordon Fanson
Ronald Alan Farquhar
Carl Ernest Ferro
Grant E. Finch
Ernest Findlay
Jack Fox
William S. French
Grant Gibson
Ray J. Gile
Cecil R. Gilliat
Leslie Glass
Harvey Glintz
William B. Goodall
Bruce M. Gordon
Thomas Gordon
Edward Grimsdick
Richard Gyles
Archie Hall
James Hamilton
Thomas Bradshaw Hamilton
Horace Harper
Lester Heathman
Albert S. Hemphill
Robert Selby Henderson
Alan F. Hicks
George Alex Hogarth
Nick Hrehorak
James Hunt
Albert G. Irish
Fred Irvine
Ladd Fleming Irving
George Irwin
William J. Jackson
William Patrick James
Merle Jefferson
Garth B. Johnson
John “Benny” Kamedish
James A. Keir
Wilfred Raymond Kell
Kenneth J. C. Kelsey
William John Kennedy
Ronald Kerman
Wilfred Kilpatrick
Allen Kitchen
William Kotchapaw
Wilton Kyle
Douglas W. Laird
James F. Lambert
John W. Lake
Campbell Lawrence
Robert Lawrie
Frederick W. Layton
Gordon E. Lennox
Gordon Ralph Lewis
Spencer W. Lough
James R. Lougheed
Paul R. Lougheed
Donald O. Lucas
James Macauley
Arthur G. Macdonnell
Wallace MacKay
James A. MacKelvie
Norman J. MacLean
Roswell Mactavish
Jack E. Madson
Ross Manahan DFC
Robert Manchester
Edward R. Marks
William Marshall
Stan Matthews
Frank Maw
W. Kingdon Maxwell
Jack McBride
Archie McClintock
Archie McCurdy
Donald W. McGeachie
James McGuire
John McIvor
Robert F. McKinney
Charles W. McMillan
John McPherson
Glenn A. Millar
Clifford Lloyd Miller
Douglas A. Moffat
John James Moffat
Arthur J. B. Monk
Robert Graham Moorby
Thomas W. Moore
Charles Morison
William Joseph Mowat
Stanley Muddiman
Arthur Mumford
Jack Neal
Jeff Nicklin
John Vincent Nutter
Edwin W. Parker
John O. Payne
Jack I. Perkins
Robert R. Perry
“Tony” William Phillips
Ray Picciano
Frank Pickersgill (1915-1944)
Edward Pink
Alan Porter
Francis J. Pound
Frank Prest
Ken P. Pritchard
Albert Pryor
George Gilbert Reynolds
H. C. Beresford Reynolds
Wallace Richmond
Jim Ringer
David R. Roberts
Gerald D. Roberts
Norman William Roberts
Brian Robertson
Arthur Robson
Gordon Ryan
Walter Sahaluk
Lewis John Sanger
John C. Seely
R. S. Sharples
David Sheppard
Wallace Smart
Giles R. Smith
Marshall R. Smith
J. A. Smythe
William G. Smythe
William Smythe
Fred C. Snead
Richard Lawrence Somerville
Vincent A. Sorrenti
Leslie E. Spafford
Winnifred Spafford
Bruce H. Sparrow
Hugh Phair Spencer
Walter Spencer
Douglas Stevenson
D. Donal Stewart
Robert F. Sykes
Jack Takvor
Cyril E. Taylor
J. Roy Taylor
E. Payson Thompson DSC
Garfield E. Thornber
Vernon J. Tice
David Tomlinson
Charles Topp
Charles F. Turner
Emmanuel Nick Vlassie
Frank W. Walker
Harry Watkins
Robert F. Weaver
Lawrence Wesley
Philip F. Wicks
Charles Willis
Brian Wilmot DFC & Bar
Edward G. Woodman
Gordon John Wren
Neville Hilton Wyman
A. Edwin Young
James O. Young
Norman Young
William R. Young
Robert L. Roy Younger

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Technical High School (Machray Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Winnipeg’s new technical high schools – Kelvin and St. John’s”, Manitoba Free Press, 22 April 1911, page 52.

“Important appointment”, Manitoba Free Press, 28 December 1911, page 2.

“Duncan chosen to assist M’Intyre”, Manitoba Free Press, 11 September 1912, page 28.

“Changes in Winnipeg school principalships announced by Milton”, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1932, page 3.

“Old Kelvin building soon will disappear”, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1965, page 27.

“Board awards demolition contract”, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 1965, page 29.

“School staff shuffled,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly, 2 July 1989, page SW3.

“New principals named,” Winnipeg Free Press Community Review, 11 July 2001, page 28.

We thank John Perrin, Rob McInnes, and the Winnipeg School Board for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 October 2014

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