Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Dauphin School No. 531 (RM of Dauphin)

The Old Dauphin School District was established formally in May 1888 as the first school in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin. A one-room schoolhouse operated at SW19-25-18W. It closed in June 1961 and a monument at the site commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Old Dauphin School were Anna Parker (Spring 1915), Ellen G. Whitmore (Fall 1915), Hazel N. Rundle (Spring 1916), Martha J. Trew? (Fall 1916), Cora Lee (Spring 1917 - Spring 1918), Stella Chute (Fall 1918), Kathleen Johanna Dewar (1938), Mrs. Elizabeth Kay (1954-1955), Arthur Roy (1955-1958), and Mrs. Mary McNaughton (1958-1961).

Old Dauphin School

Old Dauphin School (no date) by H. J. Everall
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 84.

Old Dauphin School commemorative monument

Old Dauphin School commemorative monument (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.17493, W99.99276
denoted by symbol on the map above


“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

“Teaching staffs named for “A” and “B” groups,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 9 September 1954, page 1.

“Record-breaking enrollments expected here in collegiate, elementary schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 1 September 1955, page 1.

“All-time high enrollments expected for town schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 30 August 1956, page 1.

“Town schools open today, high enrollments expected,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 29 August 1957, page 1.

“Total of 110 teachers assigned to schools in Dauphin-Ochre area,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 4 September 1958, page 1.

“Teaching staffs assigned to rural, village schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 3 September 1959, page 1.

“26 rural schools start fall term classes Tuesday,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 31 August 1960, page 4.

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.

Obituary [Kathleen Johanna Durston], Dauphin Herald, 23 September 1997, page 70.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2023

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