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Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Ward School / Victoria School / Ruth Hooker School (430 Morris Avenue, Selkirk)

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Located along Selkirk’s Superior Avenue, North Ward School was built in the Selkirk School District (later Lord Selkirk School Division) in 1906 to accommodate recent and substantial residential development in that area. Originally envisioned as a facility to match the Central School in size, it was proposed to have around eight classrooms and to cost about $11,000. A 1907 report described a scaled-down facility of four classrooms. In 1909, district voters overwhelmingly approved a grade re-alignment, also affecting South Ward School and Central School, whereby North Ward School was changed to host primary and grade 1 in one classroom, and grades 2, 3 and 8 in a second classroom. Around 1920, the North Ward School was renamed Victoria School. It was expanded in 1930 and 1952.

Backing onto Victoria School, Ruth Hooker School was built along Morris Avenue in 1958. Named for Chair of the Selkirk School Board Ruth Caroline Moody Hooker, the building initially had four classrooms and an office/teachers room. In 1965, it was enlarged on a design by the Winnipeg architectural firm of Waisman Ross Blankstein Coop Gillmor Hanna Associates.

Victoria School and Ruth Hooker School operated separately though the 1967-1968 school year, after which they became the Victoria - Ruth Hooker School (1968-1971), then Ruth Hooker School (1971-1972). The original North Ward School building no longer stands at the site.

Principals (North Ward School / Victoria School)




Edward Arthur Bathgate [Batke] (1887-1961)




Peter Robert Loutit (1878-1961)




Elizabeth Blanche Teeter “Betha” Moody (1886-1971)




Amy Adelaide Ditch Browning (1893-1981)


H. J. McDonald


Allan Alexander “Andy” Anderson (1892-1981)


Gladys Kathleen McQueen (1906-1978)

Principals (Ruth Hooker School)




Margaret Ellen Eames (1904-1962)




Tony Maksymyk (1925-2007)




Steven Lawrence “Steve” Banera (1933-2018)




Oakley Southern


Barry Kuly


Bob Jesson


Sharon Chanas


Gayle Halliwell




Kerry Skarban




Tamara DeiCont


Ms. L. McGillivray

Teachers (partial lists)

School Year



Miss Thorlackson


4 teachers


Miss Anderson, Mrs. Finnsson, Miss Nixon, Miss Tester


Miss N. Bird, Miss D. Daly, Lottie Olafson, Rose Shline


Lottie Olafson


Miss N. Bird, Alice Daly, Miss E. McKay, Miss A. Neville, Rose Shline


Miss N. Bird, Alice Daly, Miss E. McKay, Miss A. Neville, Rose Shline


Miss N. Bird, Alice Daly, Mr. T. Harriott, Miss E. McKay, Rose Shline


Ethel Bird, Alice Daly, Mr. T. Harriott, Sophie Olafson, Nita Romanche (sewing), Rose Shline


Ethel Bird, Alice Daly, Mr. T. Harriott, Miss J. McConnell, Nita Romanche (sewing), Rose Shline


Ethel Bird, Alice Daly, S. Olafson, Mrs. E. L. Reid, Nita Romanche (sewing), Rose Shline


Alice Daly, Mrs. E. L. Reid, Miss E. D. Persoage, Nita Romanche, Rose Shline


Alice Daly, Mrs. Munson, Miss E. Persoage, Rose Shline


Alice Daly, Mrs. A. Munson, Miss E. D. Persoage, Nita Romanche, Rose Shline


Alice Daly, Mrs. M. Munson, Miss E. Persoage, Nita Romanche (sewing and handwork), Rose Shline


Mrs. A. A. Browning (grade 6), Alice Daly (grade 2), Miss I. Howelko (grade 1), Kathleen McQueen (grade 4), Rose Shline (grade 3), Miss C. Tricker (grade 5), Miss W. Wotton (sewing)


Alice Daly, Rose Shline, Miss L. Sawchuk (home making), Miss A. Simpson, Ruth Swanson


Miss Elsie Baird, Alice Daly, Miss F. M. Giasson, Miss P. Klym, Rose Shline, Miss A. Simpson, Ruth Swanson


Elsie Baird, Alice Daly, Pauline Klym, Jean Labossiere, Lucille Manaigre, Rose Schline, Ruth Swanson


Alice Daly, Mrs. E. Dewar, Miss P. Klym, Miss J. LaBossiere, Miss L. Manaigne, Ruth Swanson


G. Andrew, I. Brigden, M. Crinchuk, Alice Daly, Mrs. E. Dewar, H. I. Hagglund, Ruth Swanson


Mrs. G. Andrews, Miss I. Brigden, Miss R. Clark, Alice Daly, Mrs. E. I. Dewar, Mrs. O. A. Lynch, Ruth Swanson, Miss M. Thatcher


Mrs. G. Andrew, Miss R. Clark, Alice Daly, Mrs. W. Harriott, Miss M. Kirvan, Mrs. O. A. Lynch, George Schmidt, M. J. Shsarchuk, Ruth Swanson




Mr. Kozak (grade 5)


Ms. Eames (grade 6)

Other teachers: Gladys Kathleen McQueen (1942-1955)

Photos & Maps

North Ward School

Fire insurance map showing the location of the North Ward School (September 1916)
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Site Location (lat/long): N50.14776, W96.87579
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 April 1906, page 24.

“Selkirk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1907, page 8.

“Wanted - male principal,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 July 1907, page 28.

“Changes school policy,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 August 1909, page 3.

“Selkirk news and local events,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 august 1914, page 31.

“Selkirk, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, September 1916, Library and Archives Canada.

“Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1920, page 11.

“Interesting newsy items from Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 September 1921, page 4.

“Grade 12 to be tought [sic] at Selkirk Collegiate” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 September 1932, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1936, page 3.

“Teachers are named for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 August 1937, page 2.

“One thousand pupils for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1939, page 2.

“Thousand to enroll in Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1940, page 4.

“Schools of Selkirk to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1941, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1942, page 2.

“Schools to reopen in Selkirk Sept. 7,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1943, page 10.

“Selkirk schools to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1944, page 3.

“Selkirk school staff engage for new term,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1945, page 19.

“Selkirk school staff named,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1946, page 20.

“Selkirk news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1947, page 9.

“Selkirk schools re-open on Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 August 1949, page 19.

“Selkirk schools have record teaching staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1950, page 23.

“Selkirk notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 11.

“Staffs named for schools at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1952, page 10.

“School starts Sept. 1 for Selkirk pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1955, page 12.

“Tenders for Ruth Hooker School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 July 1965, page 56.

Schools in the Interlake - Manitoba - Vol. 1, Local Government Boundaries Commission, Revised March 1968. [Archives of Manitoba]

“Lord Selkirk S.D. # 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1980, page 36.

“Lord Selkirk S.D. # 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1984, page 35.

“Lord Selkirk S.D. # 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1985, page 36.

“Lord Selkirk S.D. # 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1987, page 45.

“Lord Selkirk S.D. # 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1989, page 29.

“Program aims to teach kids to ‘learn not to burn’,” Winnipeg Free Press Rural Edition, 21 April 1992, page 2.

“Lord Selkirk School Division No. 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1992, page E48.

“School breakfast clubs a success in Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1999, page A12.

“Lord Selkirk School Division No. 11,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1999, page D10.

“Lord Selkirk School Division,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 2004, page 87.

“Lord Selkirk School Division,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 2007, page 113.

“Lord Selkirk School Division,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 2009, page 99.

School division half-yearly attendance reports, Schedule: E 0757, Accession: GR 1196, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Wendy Stefanyshyn for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 October 2018

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