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Historic Sites of Manitoba: McDermott School No. 810 (RM of Dufferin)

The McDermott School District was established in March 1894, using in part some land taken from the St. Daniel School District. Before a school building was constructed, classes were held in a house belonging to Frank McDermott, for whom the district was named. About 1902, a wood frame building was erected at SW36-7-5W in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. It was moved one and a half miles south, to SW25-7-5W, in 1916. It was replaced three years later by a concrete block building. In 1968, the district was dissolved and its land joined the Carman Consolidated School District. The building is no longer present at the site but a sign commemorates it.

Among the teachers of McDermott School were Frank White and Ila Clark Lang (1943-1944).

McDermott School commemorative sign

McDermott School commemorative sign (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

McDermott School commemorative sign

McDermott School commemorative sign (June 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.59180, W98.02797
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks


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.

Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.

School Bells & Honey Pails: A GPS Tour of Local Country Schools, Dufferin Historical Museum, circa 2011, 74 pages.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2022

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