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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Schools / Victoria-Albert School (110 Ellen Street, Winnipeg)

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In 1877, this site, bounded by William and Bannatyne avenues, and Ellen and Gertie streets, was purchased for $5,000 from A. G. B. Bannatyne and Joseph LeConte. The school built on it was described as “away out on the prairie” because it was thought to be so far from the centre of Winnipeg. Yet, it became known as Central School, and eventually Central School No. 1 when, five years later, a second school, designed by Winnipeg architect James Chisholm and known as Central School No. 2, was built nearby. The school names became even more confusing with the construction of South Central School (later known as Carlton Street) and North Central School (later Norquay School) in other parts of the city.

Central School No. 1 was extensively renovated between 1877 and 1898, being first enlarged in 1881, and having a central heating plant installed in 1889 (replacing inadequate stoves that had been installed in each classroom). In 1898, it was replaced by a new structure, built at a cost of $17,000, that could accommodate up to 500 students with a staff of 12 teachers. At that time, the school was formally renamed Victoria School, and Central School No. 2 became Albert School, the names commemorating the reigning monarch Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert.

Victoria School was destroyed by fire on 13 March 1930 and, later that year, a new two-storey brick building was constructed on its site, supervised by W. A. Martin. Named Victoria-Albert School, it was designed to accommodate 800 students. When it opened in early November 1930, the old Albert School building stopped being used for classes, and was instead used for repairing desk and storing equipment. It was later demolished.

Principals (Central Schools)

Period

Principal

1876-1878

John Cameron (c1850-1878)

1878-1879

M. J. Fletcher (?-?)

1879-1882

John Bowerman Ferguson (1851-1919)

1882-1886

?

1886-1887

Elwood A. Garratt (1859-1950)

1887-1889

?

1889-1891

Frank Howard Schofield (1859-1929)

1891-1896

?

1896-1898

John Wentworth “Buckshot” Beckett (1870-1953)

Principals (Victoria School / Central School No. 1)

Period

Principal

1892-1894

Alexander S. Rose (1858-1928)

1894-1898

?

1898-1907

John Wentworth “Buckshot” Beckett (1870-1953)

1907-1909

Melvin L. Hooper

1909-1920

John W. Forhan (1869-1949)

1920-1922

William Wallace Pierce (1880-1965)

1922-1924

John Paul Mellors (1866-1924)

1924-1925

?

1925-1930

Amber L. Glenn (1879-1964)

Principals (Albert School / Central School No. 2)

Period

Principal

1888-1900

Sarah Eliza “Sadie” Sharpe (c1848-1928)

1900-1901

Miss M. Dowler

1901-1912

Leona Rebecca Chapman (1864-1924)

1912-1913

Eleanor Bell Garwood “Nellie” McDowell (1891-1974)

1913-1914

Leona Rebecca Chapman (1864-1924)

1914-1915

Ethel Margaret Gillespie (1885-1970)

1915-1916

M. M. Elliott

1916-1919

Kathleen Isabel Thorpe Broatch Best (1880-1968)

1919-1929

Mary Walker Dobson (1871-1955)

1929-1930

Margaret Norma McGougan (1886-1972)

Principals

Period

Principal

1930-1931

William Wallace Pierce (1880-1965)

1931-1949

David Alfred Patterson (1891-1974)

1949-1956

Linden John Crocker (1898-1965)

1956-1959

Isabelle Betsy Smith MacDonald (1906-2005)

1959-1963

Cornelius Calvin Neufeld (1906-1977)

1963-1964

Luella Jean Sprung (c1909-1975)

1964-1972

Cornelius Calvin Neufeld (1906-1977)

Teachers (Victoria School)

School Year

Teachers

1899-1900

Mrs. M. Adair, Miss Jean Campbell, Miss B. Conklin, Miss W. P. Hayes, Helen Hislop, Miss M. McCrossan, Miss M. Moir, Miss N. Parsons, Miss E. E. Rankin, Annie B. Stewart

1900-1901

Mrs. Adair, Miss B., St. J. Baker, Miss C. Brooking, Miss J. Campbell, Miss B. Conklin, Miss Grace Emalie, Miss W. P. Hayes, Miss M. Moir, Miss Ada Newell, Annie B. Stewart

1901-1902

Mrs. Adair, Miss G. Brookling, Miss B. Conklin, Miss M. Davidson, Miss N. Earl, Miss Grace Emslie, Miss W. P. Hayes, Miss M. Moir, Miss A. Newell, Miss M. Newton, Annie B. Stewart

1902-1903

Mrs. M. Adair, Miss M. Davidson, Miss Grace Emslie, Olive E. Gray, Miss W. P. Hayes, Miss M. Moir, Miss M. Montgomery, Miss A. Newell, Miss Newton, Annie B. Stewart

1903-1904

Miss Davidson, Miss Grace Emslie, Olive E. Gray, Miss Hayes, Miss Hislop, Miss Hilton, Miss A. Milne, Miss Moir, Miss Montgomery, Miss Newell, Annie B. Stewart

1904-1905

Miss Davidson, Miss Grace Emslie, Olive E. Gray, Miss M. Hislop, Miss Little, Miss Milne, Miss Moir, Miss Montgomery, Miss Newall, Annie B. Stewart

1905-1906

Miss Grace Emslie, Olive E. Gray, Miss M. L. Hislop, Miss L. P. Little, Miss Elsie McLean, Miss M. Moir, Miss M. L. Montgomery, Miss J. Roy, Annie B. Stewart

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Mrs. Burch, Miss Grace Emslie, Miss C. M. Greenway, Miss M. Hislop, Miss M. Little, Miss M. E. Moir, Miss M. Montgomery, Miss E. M. Philip, Annie B. Stewart

1908-1909

Miss Davidson, Miss Grace Emslie, Miss Gray, Miss M. Hislop, Miss Little, Miss Milne, Miss Moir, Miss Montgomery, Miss Newall, Annie B. Stewart

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Mrs. M. Adair, Miss M. H. Anderson, Miss C. E. Brown, Miss G. Charnock, Amber L. Glenn, Miss C. Greenway, Miss M. L. Hislop, Miss N. C. Kelty, Miss L. P. Little, Annie B. Stewart

1911-1912

Mrs. Adair, Miss C. E. Brown, Miss E. Eason, Amber L. Glenn, Miss C. Greenway, Miss N. C. Kelty, Miss L. P. Little, Annie B. Stewart, Miss H. Tracey

1912-1913

Miss C. E. Brown, Miss E. M. Eason, Amber L. Glenn, Miss C. Greenway, Miss N. C. Kelty, Annie B. Stewart, Miss H. M. Tracey

1913-1914

Amber L. Glenn, Miss C. Greenway, Miss N. C. Kelty, Miss B. MacDougall, Miss M. McKinnon, Miss E. Sanders, Annie B. Stewart, Miss H. Travey, Miss E. West

1914-1915

Miss A. B. Dougall, Amber L. Glenn, Miss C. Greenway, Miss N. Kelty, Miss B. C. Macdougall, Miss T. C. McGillivray, Annie B. Stewart, Miss H. Tracey, Miss E. West

1915-1916

A. B. Dougall, Amber L. Glenn, N. C. Kelty, E. P. Ludlam, S. MacCleary, B. McDougall, Ada Reive, Annie B. Stewart, H. Tracey

1916-1917

A. B. Dougall, Amber L. Glenn, N. C. Kelty, L. P. Ludlam, S. McCleery, B. C. McDougall, Ada Reive, Annie B. Stewart

1917-1918

A. B. Dougall, Amber L. Glenn, N. C Kelty, B. C. McDougall, Ada Reive, E. P. Ludlam, S. Maxwell, S. Rabinovitch, Annie B. Stewart

1918-1919

A. B. Dougall, Amber L. Glenn, N. C. Kelty, B. C. MacDougall, Ada Reive, S. Rabinovitch, M. C. Johnstone, Mrs. E. M. Green, Annie B. Stewart

1919-1920

A. B. Dougall, E. Crookshanks, Amber L. Glenn, M. C. Johnstone, N. C. Kelty, B. C. McDougall, S. Rabinovitch, Ada Reive, Annie Reive, Annie B. Stewart

1920-1921

Ada Reive, ?

1921-1922

Ada Reive, ?

1922-1923

Ada Reive, ?

1923-1924

Ada Reive, ?

1924-1925

Ada Reive, ?

1925-1926

 

1926-1927

 

1927-1928

 

1928-1929

 

1929-1930

 

Among the other teachers of Victoria School and Victoria-Albert School were Reginald Palmer (Manual Training, c1912-1914), and Eliza Briggs Dolmage (1927-1945).

Teachers (Albert School)

School Year

Teachers

1887-1888

Sadie Sharpe, ?

1888-1899

?

1899-1900

Miss Brooking, Miss Broatch, Miss Burke, Miss Desbrisay, Miss Drake, Miss Horn, Miss Yuill

1900-1901

Miss M. Desbrissay, Miss C. E. Drake, Miss M. Dulmadge, Miss M. L. Hislop, Miss L. Little, Miss C. M. Yuill

1901-1902

Miss M. DesBrissey, Miss M. Dulmadge, Miss M. L. Hislop, Miss L. L. Kennedy, Miss L. Little, Miss C. McCullough, Miss C. Yuill

1902-1903

Miss M. DesBrisay, Miss Dulmadge, Miss D. L. Kennedy, Miss L. Little, Miss A. Schmidt, Miss K. C. Young, Miss C. Yuill

1903-1904

Miss DesBralsay, Miss Dulmadge, Miss Kennedy, Miss Little, Miss Miller, Miss Schmidt, Miss K. C. Young, Miss Yuill

1904-1905

Miss Banning, Miss DesBrisey, Miss Dickle, Miss Kennedy, Miss Schmidt, Miss W. Smith, Miss Young

1905-1906

M. DesBrisay, J. Dickie, L. L. Kennedy, E. O’Donnell, A. Schmidt, W. Smith, K. Young

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Miss A. Jaffray, Miss A. Schmidt, Miss W. P. Hayes, Miss M. Desbrisay, Miss L. Connell, Miss E. M. Gillespie, Miss W. Smith

1908-1909

Miss E. Gillespie, Miss A. B. Jeffrey, Miss L. Kirkland, Miss H. Lawrence, Miss C. McGiverin, Miss Winnifred Smith, Miss K. C. Young

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Miss L. R. Chapman, Miss D. Charnock, Miss Garwood, Miss E. M. Gillespie, Miss I. T. Haig, Miss C. E. McCallum, Miss E. W. McGraw, Miss W. Smith

1911-1912

Miss M. Crease, Miss N. Garwood, Miss E. Gillespie, Miss I. Haig, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss B. McDougall, Miss W. Smith

1912-1913

Miss E. Bissett, Miss M. Crease, Miss E. M. Gillespie, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss M. MacKinnon, Miss M. McDougall, Miss W. Smith

1913-1914

Miss A. Dougall, Miss V. Graham, Miss N. Garwood, Miss W. Smith, Miss E. Gillespie, Miss P. Ludlam, Miss Ethel Reeves, Miss Hazel Stothard

1914-1915

Miss M. Black, Miss I. Davidson, Miss N. Garwood, Miss V. Graham, Miss E. P. Ludlam, Miss E. K. Reeves, Miss W. Smith

1915-1916

C. Aaron, V. Duff, V. Graham, M. E. McDonald, N. McGougan, A. Price, E. K. Reeves

1916-1917

B. M. Blanchard, V. Duff, V. Graham, M. Harpley, N. McGougan, A. S. Price, E. K. Reeves

1917-1918

Victoria Bousfield, V. Graham, E. M. Green, M. Harpley, N. McGougan, A. Price, E. K. Reeves

1918-1919

M. Cuthbert, D. Dafoe, M. Harpley, P. Kyle, N. McGougan, A. S. Price, E. K. Reeves

1919-1920

M. Cuthbert, D. Dafoe, M. Harpley, P. Kyle, N. McGougan, A. S. Price, E. K. Reeves

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

M. Cuthbert, E. S. Galbraith, M. Harpley, P. Kyle, I. McCallum, N. McGougan, E. K. Reeves

1922-1923

 

1923-1924

 

1924-1925

 

1925-1926

 

1926-1927

 

1927-1928

 

1928-1929

 

1929-1930

 

Teachers (Victoria-Albert School)

School Year

Teachers

1930-1931

?

1931-1931

?

Photos & Maps

Victoria School

Architectural drawing of Central School No. 1, later known as Victoria School (1883)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Central #2.

Victoria School

Postcard of Victoria School (circa 1915)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Victoria #21.

Albert School

Albert School (1903)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Albert #1.

Victoria-Albert School

Map of the Central Schools, later renamed Victoria School and Albert School, along with the Winnipeg School Board office building on the site (1906)
Source: Library and Archives Canada, Winnipeg Fire Insurance Map, 1906, No. 17.

Victoria School

Victoria School following a fire on 13 March 1930
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Victoria #18, ON247.

Victoria-Albert School

Victoria-Albert School (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90070, W97.14678
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Albert School No. 152 (RM of Dufferin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria School No. 302 (RM of Whitewater)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Lake School No. 446 (Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria School (32 Fifth Street SE, Portage la Prairie)

Sources:

Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1898, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1.

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The Somerset School,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1902, page 10.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“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.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 1—Victoria,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1922, page 3.

“Victoria School is destroyed by fire,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 March 1930, page 1.

“New Victoria-Alberta School to open today,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 November 1930, page 12.

Three R’s and Three l’s: Immigration, Innovation and Imagination: The Story of Victoria-Albert School by Ron Lyseng. Winnipeg: Victoria-Albert School Committee, [197?]. 60 pp. illus.

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

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2017

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