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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shellbank School No. 1535 (RM of Riding Mountain West)

The Shellbank School District was organized formally in May 1910. The school operated on the northeast quarter of 24-23-28 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Riding Mountain West. In 1919, it relocated to the village of Lennard, at this site, on NE13-23-28W. As enrollment grew to more than 100 students, the need for additional space became dire and a second building was erected. The school closed in 1961 and the remaining students went to Inglis School No. 2107. Over the course of its 51 years of operation, 28 teachers instructed about 500 students. The school buildings are no longer present at the site but a monument commemorates them.

The two Shellbank School buildings

The two Shellbank School buildings (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 135.

Shellbank School commemorative monument

Shellbank School commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.99224, W101.26075
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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2021

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