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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shoal Lake School / Raven Lake School No. 287 (RM of Yellowhead)

Known originally as the Shoal Lake School District when it was established in 1884, a one-room log schoolhouse was located on the Templeton farm in what is now the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead until a wood frame building could be built on the northeast corner of 18-16-23W. The schoolhouse was detroyed by fire in 1898 and a new structure replaced it the following year. In 1921, the building was moved to NW9-16-23W and, in 1926, it was renamed Raven Lake School. In 1954, it became Raven Lake Consolidated School No. 287, combining Sylvester Hill School and Ethel School. It occupied the former Ethel School building at NE13-16-24W. A monument commemorates the school at its earlier location, although it misidentifies the school district as 278.

Among the teachers of Raven Lake School were Mrs. McDougall (1884), Mr. Harper (1899), and Claris Gray.

Raven Lake School

Raven Lake School (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 14.

Raven Lake School commemorative monument

Raven Lake School commemorative monument (October 2014)
Source: Ken Storie

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.35838, W100.59883
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Raven Lake Consolidated School No. 287 (RM of Yellowhead)


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.

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

We thank Malcolm Bell and Ken Storie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2021

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