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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.

Initially, the school had Elementary and High School Departments. In 1920, the Elementary Department was split off and relocated to Robert H. Smith School.

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.

Principals

Period

Principal

1912

David Merritt Duncan (1870-1951)

1912-1914

Elwood A. Garratt (1859-1950)

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

George Henderson Phillips (1928-2015)

1989-1994

Maxine Zimmerman

1994-1998

Clay Bottrell

1998-2001

Bob Wilkes

2001-2006

Glen Eliasson

2006-?

Jim Brown

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1912-1913

Elementary Department: Miss H. Tait, Miss F. Axford. High School Department: Mr. M. T. Cantell, Mr. R. H. Scott, Mr. A. Dickson, Mr. W. F. Loucks, Mr. D. B. Huggins, Mr. J. S. Little, Mr. W. D. Bayley, Miss E. Moore, Miss J. Yemen, Miss M. B. Clarke, Miss E. M. McDougall, Miss O. J. R. Bennett, Miss A. L. Brunstermann, Miss D. J. Hocken, Miss Mary M. Stewart (domestic science). Technical Department (joint with St. John’s Technical High School): Mr. J. M. F. Wilson, Mr. E. Williams, Mr. A. Yates, Mr. W. Mulock, Mr. S. T. Newton, Mr. R. B. Vaughan, Miss A. Sterritt. Mrs. Brostedt (music), Miss Stalschmidt (art), Miss Trotter (physical culture)

1913-1914

Elementary Department: Miss M. B. Philip. High School Department: Mr. B. Belyea, Mr. W. F. Loucks, Mr. J. S. Little, Mr. P. C. Dobson, Mr. A. Dickson, Mr. D. B. Huggins, Mr. R. H. Scott, Mr. W. Sadler, Mr. W. D. Bayley, Miss A. L. Brunstermann, Miss B. M. Clark, Miss E. Macdougall, Miss E. Moore, Miss E. J. Hocken, Miss L. Grove, Miss E. Colwell, Miss J. M. Brown, Miss E. M. Hall, Miss S. C. McKenzie, Miss M. MacBeth, Mr. S. T. Newton, E. Williams, Mr. A. Yeats, Mr. W. K. Mulock, Mr. J. M. F. Wilson, Mr. R. B. Vaughan, T. Foye, H. V. Fanshaw, Mr. W. J. Keyes, Miss A. Sterritt, Miss M. Stewart

1914-1915

Elementary Department: Miss E. Brown, Miss M. B. Philip. High School Department: Mr. G. N. Belyea, Mr. A. Dickson, Mr. G. J. Reeve, Mr. D. B. Huggins, Mr. J. S. Little, Mr. W. F. Loucks, Mr. E. F. Willoughby, Mr. R. H. Scott, Mr. W. D. Bayley, Mr. W. Martin, Miss A. Brunstermann, Miss J. M. Brown, Miss E. M. Hall, Miss E. Macdougall, Miss E. Moore, Miss S. C. Mackenzie, Miss M. McBeth, Miss C. McConkey, Miss E. G. Hewton, Miss S. A. Ross, Miss C. M. Robinson, Mr. S. T. Newton, Mr. H. V. Elliott, Mr. W. J. Keyes, Mr. W. K. Mulock, Mr. R. B. Vaughan, Mr. E. R. Williams, Mr. A. Yates, Mr. J. M. F. Wilson, Miss M. Stewart, Miss F. Harper, Miss I. Trotter

1915-1916

Elementary Department: E. Brown, M. B. Phillip, M. P. Black. High School Department: D. Baker, W. D. Bayley, J. M. Brown, A. L. Brunstermann, E. S. Coldwell, A. Dickson, G. M. Elliott, H. V. Fanshaw, C. Greenway, E. M. Hall, F. Harper, A. W. Hooper, D. B. Huggins, W. J. Keyes, J. S. Little, W. F. Loucks, W. Martin, M. McBeth, C. McConkey, E. M. MacDougall, S. C. MacKenzie, E. M. Moore, W. K. Mulock, C. M. Robinson, R. E. Ross, R. H. Scott, M. Stewart, I. Trotter, R. B. Vaughan, E. R. Williams, J. M. F. Wilson, E. F. Willoughby, A. Yates

1916-1917

Elementary Department: R. Buchanan, M. Philip, M. B. Black. High School Department: D. Baker, J. M. Brown, B. Brown, A. L. Brunstermann, E. S. Colwell, B. M. Clark, G. M. Elliott, H. V. Fanshaw, C. Greenway, E. H. Hall, F. E. Harper, D. B. Huggins, W. J. Keyes, J. S. Little, W. F. Loucks, F. H. Schofield, M. McBeth, E. M. McDougall, S. C. Mackenzie, E. E. Moore, W. K. Mulock, H. Petrie, C. H. Robinson, H. E. Ross, R. H. Scott, M. Stewart, L. Staples, I. Trotter, R. B. Vaughan, E. R. Williams, E. F. Willoughby, H. M. F. Wilson, A. Yates

1917-1918

Elementary Department: M. J. Anderson, R. Buchanan, A. Murray, M. Philip. High School Department: J. M. Brown, L. Brown, A. L. Brunstermann, R. S. Colwell, G. M. Elliott, H. V. Fanshaw, P. P. Fox, C. Greenway, E. M. Hall, E. Harper, D. B. Huggins, W. J. Keyes, J. S. Little, W. F. Loucks, M. McBeth, E. M. McDougall, S. C. McKenzie, W. K. Mulock, F. H. Parr, H. Petry, C. M. Robinson, H. E. Ross, F. H. Schofield, R. H. Scott, L. Staples, M. M. Stewart, I. Trotter, E. R. Williams, E. F. Willoughby, J. M. F. Wilson, A. Yates

1918-1919

Elementary Department: R. Buchanan, A. G. Murray, M. B. Philp, O. D. Playford. High School Department: D. Baker, L. Brown, J. M. Brown, A. L. Brunstermann, E. S. Colwell, C. Greenway, E. M. Hall, F. E. Harper, E. M. MacDougall, M. McBeth, C. M. Robinson, H. E. Ross, L. R. Staples, B. F. Stewart, M. M. Stewart, P. P. Fox, G. M. Elliott, H. V. Fanshaw, D. B. Huggins, W. J. Keyes, J. S. Little, W. F. Loucks, W. K. Mulock, F. H. Schofield, R. H. Scott, E. R. Williams, E. F. Willoughby, J. M. F. Wilson, A. Yates

1919-1920

Elementary Department: R. Buchanan, K. M. Kennedy, M. Philp, O. D. Playford. High School Department: D. Baker, J. M. Brown, L. Brown, M. Bell, E. Caldwell, E. Flanagan, H. V. Fanshaw, P. P. Fox, C. M. Greenway, M. E. Garland, F. E. Harper, C. A. E. Hensley, E. M. Hall, E. F. Jefferson, D. B. Huggins, W. F. Loucks, S. McKenzie, F. E. McColl, E. M. McDougall, M. McBeth, W. Martin, C. M. Robinson, H. E. Ross, B. F. Stewart, H. Stewart, H. M. Sweet, L. Staples, R. H. Scott, M. Stewart, E. F. Willoughby

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.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

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

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Two new schools to open,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 January 1920, page 5.

“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.

“Principal takes risks to achieve her goals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1994, page B4.

“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 and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 June 2015

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