Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Central School (Tenth Street, Brandon)
In 1881, the Brandon Protestant School Board constructed a two-storey brick school along the 100 block of Tenth Street. It opened for classes in February 1882. (Meanwhile, Catholic students attended a school at the St. Joseph’s Convent, adjacent to St. Augustine’s Cathedral.) It was quickly overcrowded, so a two-storey brick addition was made two years later. By the early 1890s, the school was again found to be inadequate so the New Central School was constructed nearby.
The building continued to be used by the Brandon School Board until 1903 when the property was sold to the firm of Hughes & Company. The original part of the building was demolished to make way for construction of the Strathcona Block along Tenth Street, but the 1883 addition remained, as an attachment to the block. It is visible today from Eleventh Street.
Photos & Maps
“1,000 children now on the rolls,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 September 1901, page 1.
“School notes,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1902, page 1.
“New school to be built,” Brandon Daily Sun, 14 October 1903, page 1.
“The city schools reopen Thursday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1904, page 4.
“Teaching staff of schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 September 1905, page 6.
“Public schools were re-opened this morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1909, page 1.
“Many changes on the teaching staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 August 1910, page 1.
“Left for East [Miss Mildred McKee],” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1910, page .
“The city schools will re-open Friday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1911, page 1.
“Public schools opened today,” Brandon Daily Sun, 3 September 1912, page 1.
Old Central School, Brandon School Division.
Page revised: 11 December 2014
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