Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rocky Hill School No. 1781 (RM of Coldwell)

The Rocky Hill School District was established originally in March 1915 but existed for only a few months before being consolidated with Nordur Stjarna School District No. 1226. It was re-formed in March 1917 and operated a school on the northeast quarter of 7-20-3 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Coldwell. The school closed in June 1943. The former school building was sold to the Clarkleigh United Church in February 1963 and later to a local resident. A sign at the site commemorates it.

Among the teachers who worked at Rocky Hill School through the years were John V. Straumfjord, Bergthor Johnson, Rannveig Thorsteinson (Gudmundson), Violet OIive, Lillian Edwards, Marie Herron, Mary Thomas, Miss M. Holmes, Kristbjorg Oddson, Aurora Hordal (Johnson), Havardur Eliasson, Sarah Rafnkelsson (Sandmoen), Emma Thomasson (Danielson), Olafia Palsson (Florence), Gudrun Rafnkelsson, Kristbjorg Benson, Kristjana Stefanson (Moldowan), Catherine Crandall, and Pauline Johnson.

Rocky Hill School

Rocky Hill School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 34.

The former Rocky Hill School building

The former Rocky Hill School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 253.

Rocky Hill School commemorative sign

Rocky Hill School commemorative sign (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.71280, W97.86206
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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