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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Willow Heights School No. 1029 / McTavish School No. 1029 (RM of Morris)

The Willow Heights School District was formally established in August 1899. A school building operated in the Rural Municipality of Morris, initially at SW14-6-1E. In 1950, the district was renamed to McTavish and a new building was erected at SW11-6-1E, about one mile south. The school closed in June 1966 and henceforth students in this area went to Rosenort Consolidated School No. 2455. In September 2015, a sign commemorating the school was erected at the site.

Among the teachers who worked at Willow Heights School were Maude A. Moore (1899-1900) and Arnold Hildebrand (1965-1966).

Willow Heights School

Willow Heights School (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 43.

Willow Heights School commemorative sign

Willow Heights School commemorative sign (September 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.47331, W97.35923
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Organization: Morris-Macdonald School Division School District No. 19


Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

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.

Furrows in the Valley: A History of the Municipality and its People compiled by the Morris History Book Committee, edited by Lenore Eidse, 1980.

Aerial photograph A11638-142 [1948], Manitoba Air Photo Library.

We thank Mariette Allen for assistance in locating an aerial photograph of Willow Heights School.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2020

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