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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shoal Lake School No. 458 (Shoal Lake, RM of Shoal Lake)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

The Lake View School District was organized formally in July 1885, named for the Shoal Lake in close proximity. With the coming of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway, the town of Shoal Lake developed here. Classes were held in a railway freight shed until a schoolhouse could be built. With growing enrollment, elementary classes were later moved to the nearby Thompson’s Hall.

In 1906, a two-storey brick school building was erected by contractor E. R. Snider based on a design by F. R. Evans. It was replaced in 1926 with a one-storey red brick school designed by Winnipeg architect Gilbert C. Parfitt. (Similar schools were constructed in Brookdale, Deloraine, and Ninette.) The district was renamed Shoal Lake School in April 1937.

In 1956, it joined the school consolidation movement, becoming Shoal Lake Consolidated School No. 2352, by merging with rural schools in the surrounding area: Edgehill School No. 130 and King School No. 1337. It joined the Birdtail River School Division in 1959 and, two years later, a two-storey addition containing eight elementary classrooms, principal’s office, teachers’ room, library, and gymnasium was made to the red brick school, which became the high school. The older building was taken down and its lumber was used to construct two houses on Jane Street.

In 1978-1979, a larger gymnasium, science lab, library, and principal’s office were constructed, and officially opened in November 1979. The 1926 brick school building was demolished in the 1990s but a pair of metal signs at the site commemorate it.

Principals

Period

Principal

1899-1900

John Wesley Shipley (1878-1943)

1900-1910

Alfred Dickson (1876-1957)

1910-1912

?

1912-1913

John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)

1913-1914

Neil D. Reid

1914-1918

George Herbert Robertson (1876-?)

1918-1920

Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)

1920-1924

Arthur Herbert Hoole (1889-1991)

1924-1926

Albert Hill (1882-?)

1926-1931

John Francis Goodwin (1885-1975)

1931-1934

Tordur “Theodore” Sigurdson (1896-?)

1934-1936

John Albert “Jack” George (1899-1970)

1936-1937

Clifford W. Biglow

1937-1938

John Leslie “Jack” Morrow (1896-1989)

1938-1940

William George Delgaty (1901-?)

1940-1941

John Melville Brown (1913-1996)

1941-1945

Wesley Sterling McGill (1904-1986)

1945-1959

Elmenia Jean Mollard (1901-1991)

1959-1961

Paul Robinson

1961-1962

Ernest Lorne Moffat (1899-1982)

1962-1963

J. W. Milner

1963-1965

Mrs. Helen Hepworth

1965-1967

Mr. R. V. Buschau

1967-1968

Andrew John Legebokoff (c1924-2014)

1968-1969

R. D. Bell

1969-1973

Andrew John Legebokoff (c1924-2014)

1973-c1978

?

c1978

Wayne Basso

c1978-1998

?

1998-1999

Dennis Schoonbaert

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1961-1962

Mr. H. Giesbrecht, Miss M. Graffin, Mrs. Helen Hepworth

Among the other teachers who worked at Shoal Lake School were Mr. Ambler (1886), Alice Victoria Short (1910s), Dorothy Strachan (1927-1928), Alys D. Hunter (1935-1939), Sybil Shack, and Charles T. Cresswell.

Photos & Maps

Shoal Lake School

Shoal Lake School building erected in 1906 (1906)
Source: Education Department Report, 1906, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Shoal Lake School

Postcard view of Shoal Lake School (circa 1912)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0303

Shoal Lake School

The first Shoal Lake School, built in 1906 (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

Shoal Lake School

The second Shoal Lake School, built in 1926 (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

Shoal Lake School

The former Shoal Lake School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1228.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.43292, W100.59194
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Shoal Lake, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, 16 October 1916, Archives of Manitoba.

“School report,” Shoal Lake Star, 26 April 1928, page 1.

“Council reports,” Birtle Eyewitness, 3 October 1961, page 10.

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.

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

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

“Teacher assistants,” Shoal Lake Star, 27 July 1998, page 8.

We thank Reid Dickie, Tricia Tennant, Malcolm Bell, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2017

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