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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rockwood School (350 Rockwood Street, Winnipeg)

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A sod-breaking ceremony for Rockwood School, a facility of the Winnipeg School Division, was held on 25 April 1949 with trustee Mrs. D. A. P. McKay performing the honours. The cornerstone was laid by trustee Stanley B. Laing on 17 February 1950 at an event attended by former and present school board chairs G. P. MacLeod and Campbell Haig. Inside the cornerstone were lists of federal, provincial, city, and school officials, along with school reports, coins, and newspapers.

The building designed by local architect William A. Martin consisted of seven classrooms and a gymnasium and was built for $205,464. The main contractor was the Gunn-Walen Construction Company with plumbing and heating was installed by the John Plaxton Company. It opened to students in grades kindergarten through four on 1 May 1950, alleviating crowding at the La Verendrye School, Grosvenor School, and River Heights School. In 1952, six more classrooms were added on a design by Winnipeg architect J. N. Semmens, providing space for classes in grades five and six.

Principals

Period

Principal

1949-1954

Olive Adeline Armstrong Hensley (1893-1980)

1954-1956

Sybil Francis Shack (1911-2004)

1956-1964

Georgina Ronald “Ina” Samuel (1911-1990)

1964-1973

Myrtle Rietta Conway (1908-2005)

1973-?

Frank J. Froese

?-1983

?

1983-?

Vernon “Vern” Peters (c1927-1998)

?-2003

?

2003-2006

Roberta Hechter

2006-2014

Curtis Belton

2014-?

Jamie Hutchison

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1949-1950

Miss E. Burdney, Miss E. R. Dawson, Miss B. M. Hawkins, Miss M. Humphries, Miss W. Sadlier

1950-1951

Mrs. A. Arnason, Miss E. Burdney, Mrs. V. L. Galston, Miss M. Hawkes, Miss B. M. Hawkins, Miss G. Kasperski, Miss Una Parr, Miss M. Prygrocki, Miss R. Scarth, Miss A. Steen

1951-1952

Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss E. O. Burdeny, Mrs. S. Chatwell, Miss M. A. Cranston, Miss D. P. Ferguson, Mrs. V. L. Galston, E. Gillies, Miss M. Hawkes, Miss B. M. Hawkins, Miss U. A. Parr, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. D. Scarth, Miss J. Sladek, Miss A. Steen

1952-1953

Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss E. O. Burdeny, Mrs. B. M. Chorneyko, Miss E. R. A. Edwards, Miss M. J. Fraser, Mrs. H. V. Galston, E. Gillies, Mrs. G. Johnson, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss U. A. Parr, Miss F. M. Pearson, Miss G. Staples, Miss A. Stein, John L. Wright

1953-1954

Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss B. Burdeny, Miss J. Buckingham, Mrs. B. Chorneyko, Mrs. E. Colyer, Miss U. A. Dare, Mrs. H. V. Galska, E. A. Gillies, Mrs. V. Johnson, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss M. McGarry, W. F. Murrell, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. M. M. Reilly, Miss D. Reimer, Mrs. L. M. Smith, Miss T. Sorenson, Miss A. Stein, Miss B. Wiggins

1954-1955

Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss E. Burdeny, Mrs. B. M. Chorneyko, Mrs. E. Colyer, Mrs. H. V. Galston, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. V. Johnson, L. L. Kawlowsky, Miss M. Kiez, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss M. McGarry, Miss U. A. Parr, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. M. M. Reilly, Miss D. R. Reimer, Mrs. L. M. Smith, Miss T. Sorenson, Miss A. Steen

1955-1956

Mrs. E. A. Arnason, Miss E. Burdeny, Miss C. Campbell, Mrs. E. Colyer, Mrs. H. V. Galston, Mrs. L. Grant, Miss E. Greenburg, Miss E. Halpenny, J. G. Hunter, Mrs. V. Johnson, L. Karlowsky, Miss M. Kiez, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. M. Reilly, Miss D. Reimer, Mrs. L. Smith, Miss S. Steal, Miss A. Steen, Mrs. M. Woronchuk

1956-1957

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss C. Campbell, Mrs. E. Colyer, Miss A. Cross, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. V. Johnson, Mrs. M. Kampen, L. Karlowsky, Miss H. Klassen, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss M. E. Lennox, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. I. Grant, Mrs. L. Smith, Miss D. Staples, Miss A. Steen, Mrs. M. Woronchuk

1957-1958

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. E. Arnason, Miss C. Campbell, Mrs. E. Colyer, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Mrs. I. Grant, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. V. Johnson, Mrs. M. Kampen, L. Karlowsky, Miss H. Klassen, Miss B. A. Lee, Miss E. Lennox, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. L. Smith, Miss D. Staples, Miss A. Steen, Mrs. M. Woronchuk

1958-1959

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. D. Clerihew, Mrs. E. Colyer, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. C. Hayden, Mrs. B. Johnson, Mrs. V. Johnson, Miss M. Kendrick?, Miss E. Lennox, Miss A. Lower, Miss A. ?, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. J. Redgwell?, M. ?, Miss A. Steen, Miss D. Staples

1959-1960

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. D. Clerihew, W. J. Cook, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. C. Hayden, Mrs. B. Johnson, Mrs. V. Johnson, J. Jones, Miss E. Lennox, Miss A. Lower, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. J. Redgwell?, Miss A. Steen, Miss D. Staples, Miss J. L. Tennani?

1960-1961

Elementary Department: Mrs. D. Clerihew, Mrs. E. Colyer, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. C. Hayden, Mrs. B. Johnson, Mrs. V. Johnson, J. Jones, Miss E. Lennox, Miss A. Lower, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Raferty, Mrs. D. Staples, Miss A. Steen. Intermediate Department: Mrs. N. Oxby, M. Swidinsky

1961-1962

Mrs. C. Clerihew, Mrs. E. Colyer, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Miss M. M. Derby, Mrs. R. Freeman, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. C. Hayden, Mrs. V. Johnson, J. Jones, Miss E. Lennox, Mrs. F. McDonald, Miss M. McMillan, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. E. Ruddy, Mrs. L. Stocks

1692-1963

?

1963-1964

Mrs. V. Ackland, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss M. Crocker, Miss A. Cross, Miss M. Darby, Miss E. Greenberg, J. Elias, Miss L. M. Erickson, Mrs. T. Flom, Mrs. R. Freeman, Miss M. Gibb, Mrs. L. Last, Miss E. Lennox, Mrs. B. Lunn, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Miss E. Ruddy, Mrs. J. Segal 

1964-1965

Mrs. V. Ackland, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss M. Crocker, Miss A. Cross, Miss M. Darby, Miss M. Erickson, Mrs. R. Freeman, Miss M. Gibb, Miss E. Greenberg, Mrs. C. Halliday, T. Howard, Miss E. Lennox, J. Longstaffe, Mrs. M. Lunn, Miss F. Pearson, Miss G. Rafferty, Mrs. D. Wright

1965-1966

Mrs. V. Ackland, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss M. Crocker, Miss A. Cross, Mrs. R. Freeman, Miss M. Gibb, Mrs. M. Habing, Mrs. C. Halliday, T. Howard, Miss E. Lennox, J. Longstaffe, Mrs. M. Lunn, Miss F. Pearson, Miss H. Sparrow, Mrs. V. Thornton, Mrs. W. Varga, Mrs. D. Wright, Mrs. E. Zetaruk

1966-1967

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. M. Bourdon, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. R. Cooper, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Miss A. Cross, Mrs. R. Freeman, Mrs. M. Habing, Mrs. C. Halliday, Miss E. Lennox, J. Longstaffe, Mrs. M. Lunn, Miss M. Neil, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. R. Robinson, Miss H. Sparrow, Mrs. V. Thornton, Mrs. W. Varga, Mrs. D. Wright

1967-1968

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. S. Bates, Mrs. M. Bourdon, Mrs. R. Cooper, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Mrs. R. Freeman, Mrs. M. Habing, Mrs. C. Halliday, Miss E. Halpenny, J. Longstaffe, Mrs. M. Lunn, Miss M. Neil, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. R. Robinson, Miss H. Sparrow, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss J. Walkinshaw, Mrs. D. Wright

1968-1969

Mrs. V. Ackland, Mrs. S. Bates, Mrs. M. Bourdon, Mrs. K. Corrigan, Mrs. P. Coughlin, Mrs. R. Freeman, Mrs. N. Fulcher, Mrs. B. Giesbrecht, Mrs. M. Habing, Mrs. C. Halliday, Miss M. Hauk, J. Longstaff, Mrs. M. Lunn, Mrs. F. Milne, Miss M. Neil, Mrs. G. Newcombe, Miss F. Pearson, Mrs. R. Robinson, Mrs. V. Thornton, Miss D. Williamson, Miss M. Wright

Photos & Coordinates

Rockwood School

Rockwood School (July 2016)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86165, W97.16740
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rockwood School No. 19 (RM of Rockwood)

Sources:

“Contracts for two schools awarded totaling $491,160,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1949, page 3.

“Woman trustees to turn sods,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1949, page 3.

“Receive city school appointments,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1949, page 3.

“Trustees ask $710,700 boost in school tax levy for 1950,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1949, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1950, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 1950, page 21.

“School posts filled,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1973, page 74.

“Reception honors Myrtle Conway,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1973, page 27.

We thank Curtis Belton and Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 May 2019

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