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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Technical High School (Machray Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Designed by Winnipeg school architect J. B. Mitchell and built between 1910 and 1912, St. John’s Technical High School opened for classes in 1912. Its twin, Kelvin Technical High School, opened around the same time for students from the southern part of the city.

With exteriors of Tyndall stone and red brick, the interior floor plans for the two schools were identical. The basement housed rooms for “technical” instruction in machining, woodworking, electrical work, mechanical drawing, and plumbing; dressing rooms for the gymnasium; the boiler room; four toilets; and two offices for teachers. On the ground floor was the auditorium, gymnasium, eight classrooms, household science room, and four toilets. On the second floor was a balcony overlooking the auditorium, a running track over the gymnasium, five classrooms, library, commercial classroom, typewriting classroom, and rest rooms and toilets for teachers. Finally, the third floor had eight classrooms, chemical and physical laboratories, museum, and two toilets. Altogether, there were 38 rooms where instruction was done. At the time of their construction, the schools were thought to be the most thoroughly modern schools in Canada.

The original St. John’s building served the community into the 1960s. By that time, its layout was seen as obsolete and its structure and mechanical systems needed repairs. Rather than make a large capital investment for renovations, a new St. John’s school was constructed nearby and the old building was demolished in 1967.

Noteworthy alumni of St. John’s High School include Burton Cummings, Monty Hall, Sybil Shack, Louis Slotin, Arnold Spohr, David Steinberg, Adele Wiseman, Abe Yanofsky, and Joe Zuken.

Principals

Period

Principal

1910-1925

Alexander Charles Campbell (1874-1951)

1925-1952

George Joseph Reeve (1886-1968)

1952-1961

John Elwood Ridd (1896-1986)

1961-1971

Allan J. Ryckman (1910-1982)

1971-1982

Richard Malcolm “Dick” Mutchmor (1928-2000)

1982-?

?

?-2001

Ruth Suderman

2001-?

Jack Solomon

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1945-1952

Dwight Nugent Ridd (1900-1976)

1952-1955

Rose Eileen McCord (1897-1961)

1955-1957

Lorne Albert Finlay McIntyre (1903-1966)

1957-1967

Stanley Norman McFarlane (1915-1978)

1962-1963

Henry Hewson “Harry” Guest (1920-1985)

1963-1969

Henry Bert “Hank” Promislow (1924-1998, husband of H. M. Promislow)

1967-1969

F. Isaak

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1912-1913

Elementary Department: Miss T. Fox, Miss L. Redmond, Miss E. G. Connell, Miss A. B. Dougall, Miss B. M. Bradshaw, Miss E. Buckley, Miss N. Sullivan, Miss L. P. Corbett. Collegiate Department: Mr. C. Cornish, Mr. W. R. Cottingham, Mr. J. H. Russel, Mr. W. D. Bailey, Mr. E. W. Jefferson, Mr. G. J. Price, Miss S. C. Irwin, Miss K. Haffner, Miss G. Miesner, Miss F. Polson, Miss M. E. Day. Technical Department (joint with Kelvin Technical High School): Mr. J. M. F. Wilson, Mr. E. Williams, Mr. A. Yates, Mr. W. Mulock, Mr. S. T. Newton, Mr. R. B. Vaughan, Miss A. Sterritt. Mrs. Brostedt (music), Miss Stalschmidt (art), Miss Trotter (physical culture)

1913-1914

Elementary Department: Miss L. P. Corbett, Miss E. MacAulay, Miss Eva Smith, Miss D. J. McManus, Miss N. Sullivan, Miss M. Grease, Miss E. G. Connell, Miss F. Fox. Collegiate Department: Mr. C. Cornish, Mr. G. J. Reeve, Mr. H. J. Russell, Mr. E. W. Jefferson, Mr. H. W. Huntley, Dr. Gillen, Miss K. E. Haffner, Miss F. B. Polson, Miss H. Ross, Miss M. E. Day, Miss V. Towner, Miss Newton, Mr. G. Price, Mr. J. Jones, Mr. W. F. Baskerville, Mr. H. Pascoe, Mr. G. Gallimore, Miss S. C. Irwin, Miss E. A. Lawrence

1914-1915

Elementary Department: Miss L. Corbett, Miss E. McIntosh, Miss C. E. Mitchell, Miss J. Sutherland, Miss L. A. Weir, Miss E. Truesdale. Collegiate Department: Mr. C. Cornish, Dr. C. T. Gillen, Mr. E. W. Jefferson, Mr. H. J. Russell, Mr. H. W. Huntley, Mr. Skuli Johnson, Miss F. B. Polson, Miss K. E. Haffner, Miss M. E. Day, Miss H. E. Ross, Miss Florence Dodd, Mr. G. G. Price, Mr. John Jones, Mr. W. F. Baskerville, Mr. G. Gallimore, Mr. H. Passoe, Mr. F. Foye, Mr. W. J. Phillips, Mr. S. C. Irwin, Mr. E. A. Larwence, Mr. E. Fabian

1915-1916

Elementary Department: L. P. Corbett, L. A. Weir, C. E. Mitchell, F. Mellors, E. Truesdale, E. P. McIntosh, J. Sutherland, L. McCord. Collegiate Department: W. F. Baskerville, C. Cornish, M. E. Day, F. E. Dodd, E. Fabien, T. Foye, G. Gallimore, C. F. Gillen, K. E. Haffner, E. G. Hewton, H. W. Huntley, S. C. Irwin, E. W. Jefferson, T. C. Jerrom, S. Johnson, J. Jones, E. A. Lawrence, B. L. Lightcap, H. Pascoe, W. J. Phillips, F. B. Polson, G. G. Price, G. J. Reeve, R. J. Russell, A. C. Thompson

1916-1917

Elementary Department: L. P. Corbett, L. A. Weir, Chrissie E. Mitchell, F. Mellors, E. Truesdale, E. P. McIntosh, L. McCord. Collegiate Department: C. Cornish, C. F. Gillen, H. J. Russell, H. W. Huntley, H. A. Nicholson, G. J. Reeve, T. C. Jerrom, W. J. Phillips, M. S. Day, K. E. Haffner, E. G. Hewton, F. E. Dodd, A. E. Thompson, M. C. Dunbrack, J. Jones, W. F. Baskerville, G. Gallimore, H. Pascoe, T. Foye, S. C. Irwin, E. A. Lawrence, B. L. Lightcap, E. Fabian

1917-1918

Elementary Department: B. C. O’Brien, L. A. Weir, C. E. Mitchell, McCord, E. Truesdale, A. MacDonald, E. Hicks, E. P. McIntosh, L. McCord. Collegiate Department: W. K. Baskerville, C. Cornish, M. E. Day, M. Dowler, F. E. Dodd, M. C. Dunbrack, E. Fabian, K. E. Haffner, E. G. Newton, H. W. Huntley, S. C. Irwin, T. C. Jerrom, J. Jones, E. A. Lawrence, B. L. Lightcap, H. A. Nicholson, H. Pascoe, W. J. Phillips, E. Reaney, G. J. Reeve, H. J. Russell, A. C. Thompson, W. T. Whiteford

1918-1919

Elementary Department: A. Calder, L. A. Weir, M. Crease, B. C. O’Brien, M. McMannus, F. Forrester, E. Truesdale, E. Hicks, E. P. McIntosh, M. McCord, I. Steeper, F. Mellors. Collegiate Department: M. E. Day, F. E. Dodd, M. C. Dunbrack, E. Fabian, K. E. Haffner, E. G. Hewton, S. C. Irwin, E. A. Lawrence, B. L. Lightcap, C. McConkey, H. A. Nicolson, A. A. Thompson, J. MacDougall, W. F. Baskerville, C. Cornish, G. Gallimore, C. F. Gillen, H. W. Huntley, J. Jones, H. Pascoe, W. J. Phillips, C. J. Triggerson, G. J. Reeve, H. J. Russell

1919-1920

Elementary Department: E. Hick, D. McLeod, E. McIntosh, L. McCord, M. Willoughby. High School Department: F. D. Baragar, M. E. Day, F. E. Dodd, C. M. Ewing, E. Fabian, F. Fox, M. C. Dunbrack, K. E. Haffner, H. W. Huntley, E. G. Hewton, M. Hamilton, M. Horner, S. C. Irwin, A. E. Lawrence, B. Lightcap, J. L. McDougall, L. Middlebrooke, F. J. McDonald, W. J. Phillips, H. A. Nicholson, H. J. Russell, G. J. Reeve, H. E. Snyder, A. Turner, C. J. Triggerson, A. C. Thompson, J. E. Parkin, O. V. Jewitt, C. McConkey

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

David Alfred Patterson

1922-1923

David Alfred Patterson

1923-1924

David Alfred Patterson

1924-1925

David Alfred Patterson

1925-1926

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1926-1927

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1927-1928

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1928-1929

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1929-1930

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1930-1931

David Alfred Patterson, John Elwood Ridd

1931-1932

John Elwood Ridd

1932-1933

D. Allison, A. E. Bailey, W. F. Baskerville, James W. Beer, J. Blount, Miss T. V. Carson, Miss T. L. Coleman, Linden John Crocker, Miss I. Cumming, Miss M. Cumming, J. P. Duffin, Thomas O. Durnin, G. Gallimore, J. A. S. Gardner, Miss Gauer, F. C. Grusz, Miss Haffner, Miss E. G. Hewton, Miss M. M. Horner, Miss S. C. Irwin, R. J. Johns, W. P. Johnson, Miss M. C. Johnston, J. Jones, Miss E. A. Lawrence, Miss B. L. Lightcap, Miss D. H. Luke, Miss J. L. Macdougall, Miss F. E. McColl, Miss R. E. McCord, Miss M. L. McKerchar, Alfred W. Muldrew, Miss H. A. Nicolson, Miss M. M. Norton, Dwight N. Ridd, John Elwood Ridd, H. J. Russell, Miss L. E. Scholes, J. B. Smalley, G. E. Snider, Miss P. L. Snider, Henry E. Snyder, Miss A. C. Thompson, Dr. Charles J. Triggerson, Miss A. E. Turner, James C. Wherrett, W. T. Whiteford

1933-1934

John Elwood Ridd

1934-1935

John Elwood Ridd

1935-1936

John Elwood Ridd

1936-1937

John Elwood Ridd

1937-1938

George Melvin Newfield, John Elwood Ridd

1938-1939

George Melvin Newfield, John Elwood Ridd

1939-1940

George Melvin Newfield, John Elwood Ridd

1940-1941

George Melvin Newfield, John Elwood Ridd

1941-1942

George Melvin Newfield

1942-1943

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1943-1944

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1944-1945

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1945-1946

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1946-1947

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1947-1948

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1948-1949

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1949-1950

George Melvin Newfield, Jack Silverberg

1950-1951

Jack Silverberg

1951-1952

Jack Silverberg

1952-1953

Jack Silverberg

1953-1954

Jack Silverberg, William J. Woodrow

1954-1955

William J. Woodrow

1955-1956

William J. Woodrow

1956-1957

?

1957-1958

Frederick Drury Baragar

1958-1959

?

1959-1960

George Harold Laycup

1960-1961

?

1961-1962

?

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

James W. Beer, Miss D. Bokofsky, Miss R. J. Brown, P. Brown, C. J. Burrows, Mrs. H. B. Charney, Miss M. V. Christie, Miss E. Collisson, D. Costantini, Miss F. M. Cubbon, S. G. Dack, Mrs. E. Davidow, A. Diamond, H. Dmytryshyn, Miss F. Doiron, Miss J. Endersby, Mrs. T. Frechette, L. A. Friedman, Mrs. S. Gannon, K. Gerstmar, Mrs. P. Gilbert, G. Goodman, Mrs. J. C. Graham, Miss R. Grosser, D. Hadfield, Elsa Handel, B. Hanuschak, W. Hinkel, Miss L. Hodgson, W. Holowka, R. Hunt, Miss M. Hyman, C. W. Johnson, W. P. Johnson, J. Kahana, Miss E. Knapp, W. Korchik, A. Laser, Miss E. Lavender, D. Lawrence, M. Manishen, B. Margolis, D. McNair, B. D. Melman, Miss R. Michnowsky, Miss M. Milgrom, D. Oldroyd, H. J. Ostermann, Miss M. E. Owens, H. Paetkau, B. Pastuck, Mrs. Z. Piotrowsky, B. Pippy, Miss R. Piper, Harold Pollock, E. Popiel, M. Procaylo, W. Prochuk, H. Promislow, Mrs. I. Shaw, J. D. Smith, W. P. Solypa, M. W. Thierry, Douglas A. Thomson, Miss M. Vant, Miss R. Whiteside, J. Wilkinson, A. D. Willows, Mrs. J. Witwicki

1964-1965

James W. Beer, Miss D. Bokofsky, Miss R. L. Brown, F. Brown, Miss E. J. Burdzy, C. A. Burrows, Mrs. H. B. Charney, Miss M. V. Christie, D. Costantini, Miss P. Dansereau, A. Diamond, H. Dmytryshyn, Miss F. Doiron, Miss J. Endersby, L. A. Friedman, K. Gerstmar, Mrs. P. Gilbert, Mrs. G. Goodman, Miss R. Grosser, D. Hadfield, Elsa Handel, B. Hanuschak, H. Herstein, Mrs. M. M. Hijmns, W. Hinkel, Miss L. Hodgson, Miss S. J. Holowka, W. Holowka, R. Hunt, Miss M. Hyman, C. W. Johnson, W. P. Johnson, J. Kahana, Miss E. Knapp, W. Korchik, A. Laser, Miss E. Lavender, I. H. Lockett, M. Manishen, B. Margolis, D. McNair, Miss M. McWilliams, D. B. Melman, Miss R. Michnawsky, Miss M. Milgrom, Mrs. H. Nicolie, D. Oldroyd, H. J. Ostermann, Miss M. E. Owens, H. Paetkau, R. Pastack, Mrs. Z Poitrkowsky, B. Pippy, Miss R. Piper, N. M. Podolsky, Harold Pollock, B. M. Polonsky, E. Popiel, M. Procsylo, W. Prochuk, Mrs. I. Shaw, E. Skahar, J. D. Smith, W. P. Solypa, M. W. Thierry, Douglas A. Thomson, H. T. Tobias, Mrs. M. D. Tracy, D.M. Turner, Miss M. Vant, J. Wilkinson, A. D. Willows, F. A. Wilson, Mrs. J. Witwield

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

?

1967-1968

?

1968-1969

Miss J. Baker, E. Bavasah, W. Bochinski, B. Boland, Joseph Russell “Bud” Boyce, W. Bristow, Miss S. Buhl, P. Burdz, A. Carr, D. Caruthers, Mrs. H. Charney, O. Cochrane, Mrs. D. Cooper, D. Costantini, R. Cross, Mrs. E. Dawson, A. Diamond, J. Doerksen, Miss J. Endersby, M. L. Firman, L. Friedman, M. L. Gordon, Mrs. J. Graham, Miss E. Handel, W. Hinkel, J. Hodgkinson, Miss L. Hodgson, W. Holowka, Mrs. B. J. Israels, C. W. Johnson, M. Karpiak, Mrs. A. Kedziora, Miss E. Knapp, Miss H. Korba, W. Korchik, P. Kozoris, Miss C. Kostaniuk, Miss M. R. Kraut, E. W. Kustra, Miss C. Laird, A. Laster, G. Leagero, Miss H. Los, D. McNair, Miss M. McWilliams, M. Manishen, A. Mansour, Miss M. Manusow, B. Margolis, Miss B. Martin, B. Melman, Miss S. Mercer, D. Morland, D. Morros, D. Nazaeravich, Mrs. N. Neufeld, G. Nicholson, H. Ostermann, Miss E. Owen, Mrs. W. Parent, Miss J. Parks, R. Pastuck, Miss M. Peters, Mrs. Z. Piotrokowsky, Mrs. M. Pluhar, B. Polonski, P. Press, Miss C. L. Prichodko, W. Prochuk, Mrs. D. Randell, Miss D. Reimer, M. Robertson, Mrs. J. Romeyn, L. M. Rosolowich, L. G. Rozelle, Miss P. Salmon, Miss A. Smith, G. Soble, B. Sookram, D. Stasiuk, Miss L. Stonyk, Mr. H. Swandel, Mrs. V. Taylor, Miss S. Teplitsky, Mrs. C. Thexton, M. Thierry, Miss H. Wellwood, D. White, Mrs. C. Willis, A. Willows, F. Wilson, Mrs. J. Witwicki, T. Wolfe

Among the other teachers of St. John’s High School were Henry Andrew Moroz, Margaret Gow (1960s), John Lawrence Thistlethwaite, Victoria Morris “Vicki” Cielen, Dwight Nugent Ridd, Leslie George Robinson, Orville Ernest Holmes, and Thomas A. Farenhurst.

Photos & Maps

St. Johns High School

St. John’s High School under construction (circa 1911)
Source: Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1921, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

St. Johns High School

St. John’s High School (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Site Location (lat/long): N49.92492, W97.13425
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kelvin Technical High School (55 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Winnipeg’s new technical high schools – Kelvin and St. John’s,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 April 1911, page 52.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Miss M. Horner gets school music post [Elsa Handel],” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1946, page 11.

Obituary [Rose Eileen McCord (1897-1961)], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1961, page 30.

“Winnipeg School Board tells who is teaching where,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1963, page 18.

“Teachers, Principals of Winnipeg Schools listed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1964, page 12.

“20 school board appointments made,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1971, page 3.

Obituary [Hank Promislow], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1998, page C7.

“New principals named,” Winnipeg Free Press Community Review, 11 July 2001, page 28.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 February 2016

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