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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robertson School (550 Robertson Street, Winnipeg)

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The school construction began with a sod-turning ceremony on 14 August 1951, performed by H. L. Stevens, followed on 17 September 1951 with the cornerstone laying by Saul Mark Cherniack. Also present at the cornerstone ceremony were Board Chairman Campbell Haig, trustee A. Zaharychuk, Secretary-Treasurer F. A. Allden, trustee Joseph Zuken, trustee Stan Carrick, and Commissioner of Works and Buildings W. A. Martin.

A controversy arose when school trustee and building name committee chair Andrew N. Robertson suggested the name of Robertson School, in accordance with the Winnipeg Schoool Division policy of naming schools for the adjacent roads on which they stood. At the request of School Board Chairman Haig, fellow-trustee W. S. McEwen replaced Robertson as committee chair. Other suggestions were entertained, including North Western School, Monreith School, Col. J. B. Mitchell School, and Robertson Street School. In the end, Robertson School prevailed. The naming honours are attributed to the Scottish historian and Presbyterian minister William Robertson (1721-1793) who served as Principal of Edinburgh University in 1762, rather than James Robertson, for whom the street is named. The building featured 14 rooms and a gymnasium, and was built by the Genn-Walon Construction Company. It cost $274,410 and opened to students in September 1952. The official opening was held during Education Week, on 5 March 1953.

Capacity was quickly expanded in 1953, with the brick and steel addition of six rooms at a cost of $83,623. The work was undertaken by Peter Leitch Construction Limited and opened in September of the same year. Later additions were made in 1970 (three rooms), 1996 (two classrooms), and 2003 (two portable classrooms). A large expansion was undertaken in August 2008 and opened to students in September 2009. The addition was designed by Calnitsky Associates Architects and undertaken at a cost of $4,800,000 by Red Lake Construction. It officially opened in December 2009 and featured a new gymnasium, library, computer laboratory, special needs facility, and solar heating wall.

Principals

Period

Principal

1952-1962

George Harvey Warren (1904-1967)

1962-1965

Franklin Edward “Frank” Bothe (1908-2002)

1965-1966

Grace Ida Keith (1905-1995)

1966-1971

Gladys Marshall

1971-1974

?

1974-1976

Donalda Ruth Stewart “Donna” Stanbra (1925-2011)

1976-1977

?

1977-1993

Blair Thompson

1993-1997

Robert “Bob” Mak

1997-1999

Carol Dubnicoff

1999-2004

Paul Sutherland

2004-present

?

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1952-1953

Mrs. M. Bourdon, Mrs. C. Brister, Miss J. M. Bull, Miss G. Crowe, Mrs. E. Dennis, J. Elias, Mrs. C. B. Giles, Miss K. M. Duffy, Mrs. F. Jonasson, Miss K. J. Ketchen, Miss M. Martin, Mrs. M. Pankiw, Mrs. E. Thorne, Miss J. Tweed

1953-1954

Mrs. L. Bornholdt, Mrs. M. Bourdon, Mrs. C. Brister, Miss G. Crowe, Miss M. Darby, Teresa Demchuk, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss K. Duffy, J. Elias, David Froese,  Mrs. G. R. Giles, Miss P. Ison, Mrs. F. Jonason, Miss J. K. Ketchen, Miss M. Martin, W. C. Perry, Miss J. Rich, Miss A. Slusman, Miss A. Spraggs, Miss J. Tweed

1954-1955

Mrs. J. A. Bornholdt, Mrs. M. Bourdon, Mrs. C. Brister, Miss G. Crowe, Miss M. Darby, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, J. Elias, Miss J. Gibson, Miss R. Ison, Miss J. K. Ketchen, Miss M. Martin, Miss B. McPhail, Miss L. Olafson, Miss J. Scott, Miss A. Slusman, Miss A. Spraggs, Mrs. R. Starr, Miss J. Tweed

1955-1956

Mrs. C. Brister, Miss G. Crowe, Miss M. Darby, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, J. Elias, Mrs. D. B. Flood, Miss S. Richmond, Miss R. Ison, Miss J. Kitchen, Miss M. Marth, Miss L. Olafsson, J. O'Neill, Miss M. Sak, Miss J. Scott, Miss A. Slusman, Mrs. R. Starr, Miss L. Thompson, Miss M. White

1956-1957

Mrs. C. Brister, Miss G. Crowe, Miss M. Darby, Miss G. Dubovsky, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss K. Duffy, Miss A. Kell, Mrs. D. Flood, Miss R. Ison, Miss J. Ketchen, Miss M. Martin, Miss L. Olafson, J. O'Neil, Miss S. Richmond, Miss M. Sak, Miss J. Scott, Miss R. Slusman, Mrs. R. Starr, Miss L. Thompson, Miss M. White

1957-1958

Mrs. C. Brister, Mrs. M. Christie, Miss G. Crowe, Miss E. Crowston, Miss M. Darby, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Miss S. Deegan, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Mrs. O. Hunnie, Miss K. J. Ketchen, Miss A. Kolt, Mrs. E. McCowan, Miss M. Martin, Miss M. Martin, Mr. J. O'Neill, Miss S. Richmond, Miss M. Sak, Miss C. Shearer, Miss L. Stratychuk

1958-1959

Mrs. S. Augustine, Miss V. Campbell, Mrs. M. Christie, Miss G. Crowe, Miss K. Crowston, Miss S. Deegan, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Mrs. O. Hunnie, Miss J. Ketchen, Miss M. Martin, Mrs. E. McCowan, J. O'Neill, Mrs. E. Patterson?, Miss M. Sak, Mrs. E? Smith, Miss L. Stratychuk, Mrs. A. Wall

1959-1960

Mrs. S. Augustine, Miss V. Campbell, Miss G. Crowe, Miss K. Crowston, Miss S. Deegan, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Miss H. Forrest, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Mrs. O. Hunnie, Miss J. Ketchen, Mrs. P. Kirk, Miss J. Krawchuk, Miss M. Martin, Mrs. E. McCowan, W. McKee, J. O'Neill, Miss H. Sandberg, Miss W. Skeavington, Miss L. Stratychuk, Mrs. C. Ungrin

1960-1961

Mrs. S. Augustine, Mrs. V. Cumer, Miss G. Crowe, Miss K. Crowston, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss P. Dickie, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Miss S. Deegan, Miss H. Forrest, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Mrs. H. Karasiuk, Miss J. Ketchen, W. Kowalchuk, Miss J. Krawchuk, Mrs. E. McCowan, Miss A. Mowat, Miss M. Martin, J. O'Neill, Miss H. Sandberg, Miss W. Skeavington, Miss L. Stratychuk, Mrs. C. Ungrin

1961-1962

Mrs. S. Augustine, Mrs. H. Borsuk, Miss M. Bunting, Miss K. Crowston, Mrs. V. Crummer, Mrs. E. Dennis, Miss G. Dubovsky, Miss K. Duffy, Miss H. Forrest, Mrs. E. Glendenning, Mrs. M. Jaslowsky, Mrs. H. Karasiuk, Miss J. Ketchen, W. Kowalchuk, Miss J. Krawchuk, Miss Hildegard Martens, Mrs. E. McCowan, Miss A. Mowat, J. O'Neill, Miss H. Sandberg, Miss H. Slusky, Miss L. Stratychuk, Mrs. C. Ungrin

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Miss T. Bauman, Mrs. H. G. Borsuk, Miss M. Bunting, Miss K. Challoner, Miss C. Chislett, Miss M. J. Collinson, Miss K. Crowston, Mrs. E. F. Glendinning, Mrs. G. G. Goodridge, Mrs. H. Gruber, Miss J. Hill, J. Jones, W. Kowalchuk, Miss K. Krawchuk, Mrs. E. McCowan, Miss A. Mowat, J. O'Neill, A. Peters, Miss H. E. Sandberg, Mrs. M. R. Schroeder, Mrs. B. Stashko, Mrs. C. A. Ungrin

1964-1965

Mrs. J. Adanac, Miss T. Mauman, Mrs. H. Borsuk, Miss M. Bunting, Miss K. Challoner, Miss K. Crowston, Miss L. Dirks, Mrs. B. Giesbrecht, Mrs. H. Gruber, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Miss J. Hill, J. Jones, W. Kowalchuk, Miss J. Krawchuk, Mrs. E. McCowan, Miss A. Mowat, J. O'Neill, A. Peters, Miss H. Sandberg, Mrs. M. Stashko, Mrs. C. Ungrin

1965-1966

Mrs. C. Aitken, Miss T. Bauman, Mrs. H. Borsuk, Miss M. Bunting, Miss K. Challoner, Miss I. Dirks, Mrs. M. E. Duffill, Mrs. B. Giesbrecht, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Mrs. A. Gordon, Miss M. Grevstad, W. Kowalchuk, Miss A. Mowat, A. Peters, Miss H. Sandberg, A. Shalay, Mrs. M. Stashko, W. Waterman

1966-1967

Mrs. C. Aitken, Mrs. L. Bell, Miss M. Bunting, Miss K. Challoner, Miss I. Dirks, Mrs. M. Dufill, Miss L. M. Ferguson, Mrs. B. Giesbrecht, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Mrs. A. Gordon, Miss A. Johanneson, W. Kowalchuk, Miss C. Letch?, A. Peters, Miss H. Sandberg, A. Shalay, Miss M. Stashko, W. Waterman

1967-1968

Miss L. Bell, Miss M. Bunting, Miss I. Dirks, Miss L.M. Ferguson, Mrs. E. Glendinning, Mrs. A. Gordon, Miss A. Johannesson, W. Kowalchuk, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss J. Kwawchuk, Mrs. E. Larson, Mrs. M. Little, A. Peters, Miss Schroeder, Miss H. Sandberg, Mrs. H. Solar, Mrs. M. Stashko, Miss J. Thomas

1968-1969

Mrs. I. Avery, Miss M. Bunting, Mrs. R. Clyde, Miss I. Dirks, Miss L. M. Ferguson, Mrs. E. Glendenning, Mrs. A. Gordon, Mrs. Gertrude Horvath (special education), Miss J. Kelm, Mrs. E. S. Klassen, W. Kowalchuk, Miss J. Krawchuk, Mrs. E. Larson, Mrs. A. M. Lyons, A. Peters, Miss H. Sandberg, Miss E. Schroeder, Mrs. H. Solar, Mrs. F. Stevenson, Mrs. A. Silver, Mrs. Anne Yuzyk (special education)

Photos & Maps

Site Location (lat/long): N49.93411, W97.15769
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1951, page 3.

“What’s in a name? A trustee by any other ... would help,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1951, page 3.

“First new school of ’52 to be opened next week,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1952, page 3.

“Expense decides school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1952, page 7.

“2,500 extra pupils due in September,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1952, page 3.

“Tender for school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1953, page 33.

“School contract let,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1953, page 2.

“Principals, teachers for Winnipeg School Division,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1967, page 11.

“Winnipeg teachers’ list announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1968, page 28.

“150 picket house,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1971, page 5.

“School safety program,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1977, page 13.

“School bus collision shakes up children,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1988, page 4.

“Winnipeg School Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1993, page A11.

“Robertson school students helped flood victims through fund-raising efforts,” Winnipeg Free Press Community Review, 2 July 1997, page 5.

“School victim of ‘random act of bad driving’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1999, page A3.

“Police dog track robberies suspect,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2004, page B8.

“The Winnipeg School Division invitation to bid for Robertson School addition and renovations,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 2008, page B4.

History of Robertson School, Winnipeg School Division.

We thank Mary Anne Shore for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 April 2019

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