Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ness Junior High School / Ness Middle School (3300 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg)
Based on a design by Winnipeg architect John M. Venables 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.
Among the teachers of Ness School were Judy A. Ward Demers (1965-1970) and Corrine Ellen Barrett (1983-?, French).
Photos & Maps
“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 and Dean Mullin for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 11 February 2018
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