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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westview School (600 Hoka Street, Winnipeg)

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In December 1952, the Transcona School District residents approved a school bylaw by a 4:1 margin so plans for a 12-classroom school for grades 1 to 8 were drawn up by the architectural firm of Edgar Prain and Ward. A “name the school” contest was held, sponsored by School Board Chairman Arthur Henry Day, and the $25 winning prize for “Westview School” was split by district students Carole Venn and Bruce Pearson, both of whom also received a 1953 silver dollar.

The construction contact for $150,477 was awarded to builders L. Ducharme and W. Hamilton, and work began on the frame building with brick exterior in late April 1953. Completed at a cost of $178,000, the school was opened officially on 6 November 1953 at a ceremony attended by Minister of Education W. C. Miller, Deputy Minister B. S. Bateman, and Arthur Day. In 1957, the school was expanded with four more classrooms and an auditorium, at a cost of $39,750, by the Van Ginkel Brothers Construction Company.

A noteworthy student of Westview School was William Alexander “Bill” Blaikie.





Christopher Stephen Quelch (1898-1986)


Margaret “Maggie” Underhill (1898-1986)


Nicholas Frederick Kasian (1913-1996)


Maryan Victor “Vic” Woyna (1905-1983)


Aleck Robson


Ben Shuvera




Jason Jones




Tom Code




K. Gould

Teachers (partial list)

School Year



Miss F. C. Matheson, Mrs. D. Woods, Mrs. A. E. Peck, Miss M. Hurst, Miss L. Boese, Miss N. Beyko, Margaret “Maggie” Underhill, Miss J. Sinclair, and Mr. W. Enns.

Other teachers through the years included Shirley Slovin (c1959-2002) and Art Peters.

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Westview School

Westview School (October 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89777, W97.01594
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1953, page 15.

“New school now going up in Transcona,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1953, page 3.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1953, page 10.

“New school to open,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1953, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1953, page 3.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1954, page 24.

“Transcona buys block of land,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1954, page 3.

“Transcona,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1956, page 3.

“5 suburbs pass school bylaws,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1956, page 3.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1957, page 15.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1957, page 43.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1957, page 51.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1957, page 12.

“Transcona notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1958, page 12.

“Black History month fades into the background,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1999, page A8.

“Westview School to hold 50th anniversary reunion,” Winnipeg Free Press Transcona Views, 1 December 2002, page 14.

“Giant of a teacher humbled by honour,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2003, page A10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 January 2019

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