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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Killarney School No. 252 (Killarney, Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

The first school in the vicinity of the Town of Killarney was erected around 1884, on the road south to Lena and the US border. A two-storey, four-classroom brick and stone school was erected in town between Fall 1905 and early 1906, based on a design by Winnipeg architect J. H. G. Russell. Construction was supervised by stonemason Samuel Hossack (1832-1913).

As one-room schools in the surrounding area closed during the 1960s, their students came to Killarney School. Among them were Lyonshall School No. 223, Wakopa School No. 308, West Lake School No. 311, Oak Ridge School No. 328, Northcote School No. 396, Fairfield School No. 418, Glendenning School No. 552, Jaques School No. 605, Hullett School No. 700, Long River School No. 720, and Lake Lorne School No. 1105. The Killarney schools were eventually closed and demolished, and the site is now a public green space.

Principals (High School)

Period

Principal

1898-1900

R. R. Earle

1900-1901

Hugh William Watson (1872-?)

1901-1904

Fred C. Wilson

1904-1909

David J. Hartley

1909-1910

William Joseph Cram (1861-1940)

1910-1912

?

1912-1920

Rollie Lee Miles (1889-1976)

1920-1927

Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)

1927-1930

John Elwin Laird (1876-1950)

1930-1934

Arni Kristinson (1883-1969)

1934-1936

George Isaac Herman Garrett (1884-1977)

1936-1938

John Albert “Jack” George (1899-1970)

1938-1940

Charles William Havelock (1906-2000)

1940-1941

George Harold Laycup (1902-1960)

1941-1953

Edgar John Jarvis (1894-1972)

1953-1954

Harold V. Vidal

1954-1970

Robert Stanley “Stan” McGill (1909-1994)

1970-1975

O. Al Olson

1975-1978

Nick Olynyk

1978

Garry Campbell

1979-1980

Len Neufeld

1980-1988

Levi Reimer

1988-1996

Dr. Bob Gustafson

1996-2000

Rob MacTavish

2000-?

Terry Beazley

Principals (Elementary)

Period

Principal

1956-1969

Ed Mauthe

Vice-Principals (High School)

Period

Principal

1959

Harold V. Vidal

1962-1974

Al Hill

1970-1971

Ed Mauthe

1972-1974

Nick Olynyk

1975-1978

Garry Campbell

1975-1976

Bill McBride

1977-1987

Richard Dow

1988-1995

Rob MacTavish

1995-2002

Con Erickson

2002-?

Darlene Shaw

Teachers

Noteworthy teachers at Killarney School included Ethel Kinley, T. Albert Scholes, Mr. Watson, Rufus Earle, D. H. Hartley, Mr. Finkbiener, Miss Jennie Sharman, Miss Dowler, Miss MacGregor, Miss Hopwood, Miss Parker, Annie Eccles Kent, and Arthur F. Kerr.

Photos & Maps

Killarney School

Killarney High School building erected in 1906 (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 6.

Killarney School

Postcard of the Killarney High School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0031.

Killarney School

Postcard of the Killarney High School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, MN03646.

Killarney School

Postcard of Killarney Elementary School, left, and Killarney High School, right (no date) by P. C. Edwards
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0034

Killarney School

Killarney Schools (October 1963)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7454, Album 21, Page 57.

Killarney School

Killarney School (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Killarney 5.

Killarney School

The former Killarney School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1382.

Killarney School

The former Killarney School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1383.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.18069, W99.66552
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

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

Killarney Memories by J. C. Treleaven, Manitoba Pageant, Volume 23, Number 3, Spring 1978.

“Killarney, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

More Reflections: R.M. of Turtle Mountain, Town of Killarney, 1982-2007, page 40.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2017

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