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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ness Junior High School / Ness Middle School (3300 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Based on a design by the Winnipeg architectural firm of Pratt Lindgren and Associates for the Kirkfield Park School District No. 30, the structure was built at a cost of $537,929 by Taubensee Construction Limited. The school took its name from the adjoining street which, in turn, commemorates Frank Ness, a local municipal official and long-serving the Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Assiniboia. The school opened to students in grades 7 and 8 on 1 September 1965 and an opening ceremony occurred on 10 November 1965. The facility is now known as Ness Middle School.

Principals

Period

Principal

1965-1975

John Walter Atamanchuk (1930-2009)

1975-1977

?

1977-1981

Thaddeus Edward “Ted” Witoski (1932-2014)

1981-1987

Henry A. Wiebe

1987-1988

?

1988-1990

John “Jack” Elliott

1990-1993

?

1993-1994

Ernest Baydock

1994-1996

?

1996-1999

Fred Bilous

1999-2003

David James Bertnick (1947-2017)

2003-2006

Lynn Land

2006-2015

?

2015-2016

Tammy Baydock

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1969-1970

Mr. G. Derenchuk

1970-1973

Roger E. M. Cathcart (1937-2020)

1973-1974

Gordon Charles “Gord” Tovell (1939-2021)

1974-1977

?

1977-1978

Ray H. Magel

1978-1979

John Carlyle

1979-1980

Ewart David Carruthers (1926-1992)

1980-1983

Glen Bennett

1983-1985

Mr. B. Rogers

1985-1986

Ross Narick

1986-1987

Fred Bilous

1987-1988

?

1988-1989

J. Nedecky

1989-1990

D. Barton

1990-1996

?

1996-1997

Irene Thiry

1997-1998

Lynn Land

1998-2005

?

2005-2006

Rex Ferguson-Baird

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

2005-2006

Grant Betz, Dina Coutris-Hrousalas, Nancy Findlay, Kristin Ford, Shaanna Heerah, Shelley Herbert, Angela Hillier, Marissa Hirsch, Brenda Huntington, Leanne Jamison, Whitney Jensen Kostiuk, Milton Jones, Meredith Keizer, Stacey Kent, John Kostiuk, Erica Lindgren, Christine Michalyshen, Shannon Nesbitt, Thomas Passey, Annelie Peters, Michael Riddell, Pamela Smith, Audrey Workman, Christopher Zant, Wayne Zelisney

Among the other teachers of Ness School were Judy A. Ward Demers (1965-1970) and Corrine Ellen Barrett (1983-?, French).

Photos & Coordinates

Ness Middle School

Ness Middle School (May 2008)
Source: Dean Mullin

Ness Middle School

Ness Middle School (July 2016)
Source: Dean Mullin

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88782, W97.29611
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Pratt Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associates

Sources:

“Tender Ness Junior High School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1964, page 22.

“Registration dates,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1965, page 3.

Obituary [Judy A. Demers], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1970, page 24.

History of Ness Junior High, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

“Graduations [Corine Ellen Barrett],” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1983, page 28.

“St. James - Assiniboine School Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1993, page A11.

We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall, Dean Mullin, and Dorothy Young for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 June 2021

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