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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Miami School No. 74 (Miami, RM of Thompson)

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The Miami School District was organized formally in January 1879. Four years later, a log school building was constructed at NW32-4-6W, one mile south of the present village of Miami, in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Thompson. Called Blair School, it closed in 1889 and a disused Presbyterian Church building was used as a school until 1893.

With the arrival of a railway in the area, in 1893, the town site for Miami was laid out and a two-storey, two-classroom wood frame school building was erected there. Known as the “Red School,” it was expanded in 1903 with two more classrooms, although one of the new classrooms was not used until 1908.

In 1912, a two-storey, four-classroom bridge structure replaced the “Red School,” at a cost of $15,425. In August 1917, it became Miami Consolidated School No. 74, consolidating with Morton School No. 652 and Nobleton School No. 1119.

The present elementary school was constructed in 1954. It became part of the Midland School Division in 1961 and the Miami Collegiate for grades 9 to 12 was built.

Principals

Period

Principal

1898-1901

Thomas Edgar Argue (1869-1927)

1901-1903

F. W. Turnbull

1903-1904

H. Heasman

1904-1906

Melvin L. Hooper

1906-1907

W. H. King

1907-1909

Elbridge Doty Parker (1884-1981)

1909-1910

Winfred Elmore Marsh (1872-1932)

1910-1911

?

1911-1916

Angus McNevin (1862-1923)

1916-1918

Grace Frances Huntley (1891-1977)

1918-1919

Florence Smith

1919-1920

John William Morris (1891-1959)

1920-1925

Duncan Scott McIntyre (1899-1975)

1925-1926

Dorothy Ivy Mudge Jones (c1904-?)

1926-1933

James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)

1933-1934

John Clayton Stewart (1906-1990)

1934-1938

John Adrian Ashley (1902-1987)

1938-1940

M. R. Thompson

1940-1942

Ross Laverne Donald (1907-1992)

1942-1944

Alex Cummings

1944-1945

?

1945-1948

William Harold Copeland (?-?)

1948-1950

George Oswald Hinds (1906-1969)

1950-1956

John Lyzun (1913-1984)

1956-1959

Donald M. Muir (?-?)

1959-1961

Maurice Wesley “Moe” Cryderman (1909-1991)

1961-1963

Joseph Watson Kachor (1923-1985)

1963-1968

G. W. Scott

1968-1972

D. E. Simpkin

1972-?

Donald James Alexander (1932-2009)

Teachers

Among the teachers of Miami School were Dorothy Irene Madill Hudson, Marjorie Ann Dewar, and Carolyne Alexandra McBean.

Photos & Maps

The “Red School”

The “Red School” (no date)
Source: Miami & R. M. of Thompson Chronicles

Postcard view of Miami School

Postcard view of Miami School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 31.

Postcard view of Miami School

Postcard view of Miami School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, MN0253

Site Location (lat/long): N49.37246, W98.23932
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Miami & R. M. of Thompson Chronicles by Thompson History Book Committee, c1998. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.M50Mia]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 December 2017

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