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Historic Sites of Manitoba: River Heights School (1350 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Constructed between 1947 and 1948 as a two-storey, ten-classroom structure with a gymnasium, on a design by local architects E. Fitz Munn and William A. Martin, River Heights School was expanded with four classrooms (1951-1952) and fifteen more classrooms (1953). It became a Junior High School in 1953 with elementary students going to Robert H. Smith School. Expansion in 1967 included a library and theatre.

Principals

Period

Principal

1948

Thomas Bell (1913-1996)

1948-1954

Victor Snelgrove Dotten (1908-1977)

1954-1955

Carl Stirrat Gow (1900-1977)

1955-1965

Dwight Nugent Ridd (1900-1976)

1965-1972

Ross Laverne Donald (1907-1992)

1972-1975

Sybil Francis Shack (1911-2004)

1975-1977

Robert Roger Roy (1926-1990)

1977-1982

Henri John Enns

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1954-1956

Marshall Roscoe “Ross” Thompson (1914-1990)

1956-1960

Frederick Adam Hodgkinson (1912-2004)

1960-1965

Thomas Bell (1913-1996)

1965-1966

?

1966-1968

Cameron Laird Connell (1913-2010)

1968-1969

Alice Mary Elizabeth Cheatley (1918-2017)

1969-1975

?

1975-1976

Mr. L. Mainella

?-?

Ethel Marguerite Arnott (?-1991)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1948-1949

Miss M. Bastin, Miss C. Campbell, Miss E. R. Dawson, Miss B. Hilding, Miss M. M. McIntyre, Ethel E. Muir, Miss C. Ormond, Mrs. F. Taylor, Miss R. M. Thackeray

1949-1950

Miss C. Campbell, Miss V. M. Clegg, Miss L. M. Downing, Miss L. E. Ferguson, Miss M. Hawkes, Miss B. E. Hilding, Miss A. M. Jackson, Miss A. M. McIntyre, Miss C. M. Ormond, Miss M. Price, Mrs. D. Softley, Mrs. M. Sundberg

1950-1951

Miss C. Campbell, Miss V. Clegg, Mrs. M. J. Daniels, Miss L. M. Downing, Miss B. Hilding, Miss A. Jackson, Miss M. M. McIntyre, Miss M. S. Metcalfe, Miss C. Ormond, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss D. A. Ukena, Mrs. R. Wismer

1951-1952

Miss C. Campbell, Miss V. Clegg, Mrs. M. Daniel, Miss L. Downing, Mrs. B. J. Fedick, Miss B. Hilding, E. V. Hjartarson, Miss A. Jackson, Mrs. I. K. Jefferies, Miss M. MacIntyre, Miss M. E. McLaughlin, Miss D. Ukena

1952-1953

Miss G. Barber, Miss C. Campbell, Miss V. Clegg, Miss L. M. Drowning, Mrs. L. L. Ellison, Mrs. B. J. Fedick, Mrs. F. A. Gibson, Miss B. E. Hilding, E. Hjartarson, Miss A. Jackson, Miss M. M. MacIntyre, Miss N. J. Marsland, Miss M. E. McLaughlin, Mrs. K. M. McMurchy, Miss E. Shorthose

1953-1954

Miss G. Barber, Mrs. I. Biglow, Miss V. Clegg, Miss L. M. Downing, Mrs. B. J. Fedick, Mrs. F. A. Gibson, Miss B. Hilding, E. Hjartarson, Miss A. Jackson, Miss N. J. Marslend, Miss M. McIntyre, Miss M. M. McLaughlin, Miss G. Menzie, Miss E. Shorthose, Mrs. W. Snow, H. L. Sutton

1954-1955

T. Bell, Mrs. A. Bidard, J. J. Browning, S. J. Chapman, Miss B. Cruikshanks, R. N. Currie, Miss E. Gillies, Lionel T. Glaser, W. Glover, C. Henry, Miss A. Judge, H. Douglas Kemp, Edna K. S. Kinley, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Mrs. A. MacKenzie, R. Mackenzie, Miss D. H. MacKay, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. F. Morgan, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, Mrs. Amy R. Sadler, M. Smith, Miss B. Vandersteen, H. Walker, A. Williams

1955-1956

T. A. Arnason, T. Bell, Miss A. Bidard, S. J. Chapman, R. N. Currie, Miss E. Gillies, W. Glover, Miss F. Harper, C. Henry, Miss A. Judge, H. Douglas Kemp, Mrs. K. Kennedy, Edna K. S. Kinley, G. Kroeker, Miss G. Law, W. S. Lint, Miss L. Lowe, R. J. W. Lyons, R. Mackenzie, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. F. Morgan, L. Peto, Miss F. Port, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, Mrs. Amy R. Sadler, M. Smith, Miss B. Vandersteen, H. Walker

1956-1957

T. Bell, Mrs. A. Bidard, S. J. Chapman, Miss V. A. Craig, Miss E. Gillies, W. Glover, R. Grymonpre, Miss L. Israels, Miss A. Judge, Mrs. K. Kennedy, Edna K. S. Kinley, G. Kroeker, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, R. J. W. Lyons, R. MacKenzie, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. F. Morgan, Miss G. Morrison, Mr. L. Peto, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, M. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Stanley Steinman, H. Vidal, H. Walker

1957-1958

Mr. T. Bell, Mrs. A. Bidard, Mr. S. Bullock, Mrs. Frances Christie, Mr. D. Creamer, Mrs. L. Crocker, Mr. J. Forrest, Mr. E. Gillies, Mr. W. Glover, Mr. L. Greenberg, Miss A. Judge, Edna K. S. Kinley, Mr. C. Kitchen, Mr. G. Kroeker, Mrs. H. Kroft, Mr. W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Mr. R. MacKenzie, Mrs. W. McEwen, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. F. Morgan, Mr. L. Peto, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, Mr. M. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Stanley Steinman, Mr. G. Turner, Miss B. Vandersteen

1958-1959

Miss S. Adcroft, Mrs. Frances Christie, Miss M. Colpitts, D. Creamer, Mrs. A. Crocker, O. Derraugh, Mrs. J. Fleming, E. Gillies, W. Glover, Mrs. J. Johnston, Miss A. Judge, R. Kerr, Edna K. S. Kinley, Mrs. H. Kroft, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. E. J. Parkinson, L. Peto, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, K. Smith, M. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Stanley Steinman, L. Sutton, G. Turner, Miss B. Vanderstein

1959-1960

Mrs. Frances Christie, Miss M. Colpitts, E. Cooke, D. Creamer, Mrs. A. Crocket, O. Derraugh, E. Gillies, W. Glover, William A. “Bill” Hallonquist, Mrs. J. Johnston, Miss A. Judge, R. Kerr, Edna K. S. Kinley, C. Kitchen, George Kroeker, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. E. J. Parkinson, L. Peto, Miss R. Pybus, Miss M. Ryan, K. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Stanley Steinman, G. Turner, Miss B. Vandersteen

1960-1961

Mrs. Frances Christie, Miss M. Colpitts, E. Cooke, D. Creamer, Mrs. A. Crocker, O. Derraugh, E. Gillies, W. Glover, Mrs. E. J. Gunn, William A. “Bill” Hallonquist, F. Hastings, Mrs. J. Johnston, R. Kerr, Mrs. R. Keynes, Edna K. S. Kinley, C. Kitchen, George Kroeker, Miss H. Lee, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Miss J. Menzies, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. E. J. Parkinson, L. Peto, Mrs. M. J. Phillips, Miss R. Pybus, K. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Stanley Steinman

1961-1962

J. Brook, Mrs. Frances Christie, Miss M. Colpitts, E. Cooke, D. Creamer, Mrs. A. Crocker, Mrs. M. Cuddy, O. Derraugh, Mrs. Kathleen Fleming, Miss E. A. Fyles, F. Hastings, R. Kerr, Mrs. R. Keynes, Edna K. S. Kinley, C. Kitchen, Miss H. Lee, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Miss J. Menzies, Miss S. Mercer, Mrs. R. Mercer, Miss J. N. Miller, Mrs. E. J. Parkinson, L. Peto, Mrs. M. J. Phillips, Miss R. Pybus, G. G. Sanguin, K. Smith, Miss M. Speers, Miss D. Zelska

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

J. R. Bone, F. Borowski, J. Brook, Mrs. Frances Christie, Miss M. Colpitts, Mrs. A. Crocker, O. Derraugh, J. L. Finlay, W. Fraser, F. Hastings, R. Kerr, Miss H. Lee, W. S. Lint, Miss I. Lowe, Miss J. Menzies, Miss S. Mercer, Miss J. N. Millern, Mrs. E. J. Parkinson, L. Peto, P. Phangureh, Mrs. M. J. Phillips, Miss M. Polson, Miss R. Pybus, G. G. Sanguin, K. Smith, Miss M. Thompson, Miss E. Ward, A. Whittam

1964-1965

Donalda Stanbra, ?

1965-1966

Donalda Stanbra, ?

1966-1967

W. E. Berry, W. Blackburn, W. Bochinski, J. Brook, Mrs. Frances Christie, Mrs. A. Crocker, Miss E. Dawson, Miss F. Doiron, F. Hellidge, Mrs. D. Kellett, G. Koffman, Miss M. Lipkin, W. Lint, Mrs. H. Lo, Mrs. A. McKinnon, Miss J. Menzies, F. Mikolayenko, Miss J. Miller, Mrs. L. Nosen, L. Peto, M. Pronin, Miss R. Pybus, Miss G. Rosner, Miss D. Ross, G. Sanguin, K. Smith, Donalda Stanbra, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. M. Tracy, Mrs. N. Ursuliak

1967-1968

Miss S. Bailey, Mr. W. E. Berry, Mr. J. Brook, Mrs. M. Cowan, Mrs. A. Crocker, Miss F. Dawson, Miss F. Doiron, Mrs. G. Fine, P. Gudauskas, Mr. J. Klassen, G. Koffman, A. Krentz, A. Lint, Mrs. H. Lo, Miss J. Merenek, Miss J. Millern, Mrs. L. Nilsen, L. Peto, R. Pollon, Miss R. Pybus, Mrs. D. Rizzo, G. Sanquin, Miss J. Schacter, Mrs. G. Searle, K. Smith, Donalda Stanbra, S. C. T. Tanner, Miss R. Teskey, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. T. Young, Mrs. N. Ursuliak

1968-1969

Miss J. Ackerman, Mrs. S. Buss, W. E. Berry, J. Brook, Mrs. Frances Christie, Mrs. M. Cowan, Miss E. Dawson, R. P. Dueck, Mrs. B. Goldenberg, P. Gudauskas, B. Hanuschak, J. Klassen, G. Koffman, A. Krentz, W. A. Lint, Mrs. H. Lo, Mrs. F. Magee, Miss J. Maronek, Miss J. Millern, Mrs. L. Nilsen, Miss T. K. Patson, L. Peto, C. Pickering, Miss J. Schacter, K. Smith, L. J. Spiller, Donalda Stanbra, S. C. T. Tanner, Miss R. Teskey, J. Thistlethwaite, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. T. Young, Mrs. N. Ursullak, Miss S. Wiseman

Photos & Coordinates

River Heights School

River Heights School (July 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86553, W97.18055
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robert H. Smith School (315 Oak Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“30,000 children back at work after holiday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 1948, page 3

“This old school” by Reid Dickie, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 2005.

We thank Nathan Kramer, Alison Sopotiuk Phosy, and Dorothy Young for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2020

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