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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Collegiate Institute / Maple Leaf School (Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

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The first high school classes in Winnipeg were held in September 1882. Eight students (seven boys and one girl) assembled in the upper room of a school building on Louise Street but the facility soon proved inadequate in the cold winter weather so classes were moved to a room on the upper floor of the Central School.

In 1891, the Winnipeg School Board chose a site at William Avenue and Kate Street to build, at a cost of $30,000, the city’s first dedicated high school building. Designed by local architect Hugh McCowan, the three-storey brick structure had four classrooms on the first and second floors, and two smaller rooms and a large assembly hall on the third floor. Its initial enrolment was 360 students.

In September 1915, the collegiate was transferred to the newly built Isaac Brock School (and later to Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, as of 1922) and the building was used as an elementary facility called Maple Leaf School. Though the school’s physical systems were considered up-to-date when it was built, they eventually became too expensive to repair and the building was demolished in 1928, to be replaced at the site by Hugh John Macdonald School.

Noteworthy graduates of the collegiate included Nellie McClung, Joseph Lamont, Charles Vanstone, T. G. Hamilton, Fawcett Taylor, Helen Palk, Agnes Laut, J. T. Thorson, college professor Guthrie Perrie, Skuli Johnson, R. W. Craig, and Paul Bardal.

Principals (Winnipeg Collegiate Institute)

Period

Principal

1882-1884

James Hoyes Panton (1847-1898)

1884-1889

Allan Bowerman (1844-1923)

1889-1909

Frank Howard Schofield (1859-1929)

1909-1912

Elwood A. Garratt (1859-1950)

1912-1914

Robert Thomas Hodgson (1864-1950)

1914-1915

Elwood A. Garratt (1859-1950)

After 1915

See Isaac Brock School

Principals (Maple Leaf School)

Period

Principal

1915-1917

?

1917-1919

William Nelson Denike (1871-1948)

1919-1920

Halldora Hermann [Hermannsdottir] “Dora” Magnusson (1885-1977)

1920-1921

David Bruce Huggins (1879-1955)

1921-1928

Wilfred Sadler (1884-1951)

After 1928

See Hugh John Macdonald School

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1891-1892

Miss Clune (French), E. A. Garratt (science), Mr. A. L. Langford (classics), F. H. Schofield (mathematics), Barbara F. Stewart (commercial course), Mr. J. B. Wilson (English)

1892-1893

Miss Clune, E. A. Garratt, Miss Johnston, Miss Killock, Mr. Morrow (classics), Barbara F. Stewart, Mr. Wilson, Miss Zinkan

1893-1894

Primary Department: Miss Andrews, Miss Killoch, Miss Lant. Collegiate Department: E. A. Garratt, Miss Haverty, Mr. O. E. Morrow, Barbara F. Stewart, Mr. J. B. Wilson

1894-1895

Mr. Argue, E. A. Garratt, ?

1895-1896

D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss Hagarty, Miss M. Johnston, Miss Killoch, Miss Laut, Miss Parsons, Barbara F. Stewart, J. C. Saul

1896-1897

E. A. Garratt, R. H. Scott (commercial teacher), Miss Maud Somerset (modern languages), ?

1897-1898

Miss Brunsterman, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss Johnston, Miss Killoch, Miss McLeod, J. C. Saul, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1898-1899

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, E. A. Garratt, Miss M. Johnston, Miss A. McLeod, J. C. Saul, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1899-1900

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss M. Johnston, Miss McLeod, J. C. Saul, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1900-1901

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss M. Johnston, Miss A. McLeod, J. C. Saul, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart, Miss Margaret Young

1901-1902

D. M. Duncan (classics), E. A. Garratt (science), Miss M. Johnston (junior English and geography), J. C. Saul (English), R. H. Scott (commercial master), Barbara F. Stewart (music and drawing), Clara G. Walsh (French and German)

1902-1903

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss M. Johnston, George H. Ross, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart, Miss Clara Walsh

1903-1904

Miss Brunstermann (modern languages), D. M. Duncan (classics), E. A. Garratt (science), Miss M. Johnston (junior English, geography), C. W. Laidlaw (English literature), Miss R. Rodgers (junior English), R. H. Scott (commercial), Barbara F. Stewart (music and drawing)

1904-1905

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, Miss R. Rodgers, R. H. Scott, Miss G. Shore, Barbara F. Stewart

1905-1906

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, Miss S. Doupe, D. M. Duncan, E. A. Garratt, P. D. Harris, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, Miss R. Rodgers, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1906-1907

H. W. Watson, ?

1907-1908

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, Miss S. P. Doupe, D. M. Duncan, J. W. Forhan, E. A. Garratt, P. D. Harris, W. J. Henderson, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, Miss F. Polson, Miss R. Rodgers, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1908-1909

Miss A. L. Brunstermann, Mr. S. A. Campbell, Mr. P. C. Dobson, Miss S. E. Doupe, E. A. Garratt, P. D. Harris, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, Mr. T. Laidlaw, W. F. Loucks, Miss Polson, Miss R. Rodgers, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Mr. P. C. Dobson, Miss S. C. Doupe, Mr. W. G. Henderson, P. D. Harris, R. T. Hodgson, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, Miss F. Polson, Miss R. Rodgers, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1911-1912

Miss Anderson, Mr. P. C. Dobson, Miss S. Doupe, Mrs. E. B. Elliot, P. D. Harris, R. T. Hodgson, Mr. E. W. Jefferson, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, R. H. Scott, Barbara F. Stewart

1912-1913

Miss M. Anderson, Mr. P. C. Dobson, Miss S. C. Doupe, Miss G. Edwards, Mrs. Elliott, P. D. Harris, Miss M. Johnston, C. W. Laidlaw, J. C. Pincock, Barbara F. Stewart, Miss Towner

1913-1914

Miss M. Anderson, W. A. Cowperthwaite, Miss F. Dodd, Miss S. Doupe, Mrs. E. B. Elliot, Miss E. Fielding, P. D. Harris, Miss M. Johnston, Mr. E. A. Miller, J. C. Pincock, Barbara F. Stewart

1914-1915

Miss M. H. Anderson, W. A. Cowperthwaite, Mr. P. C. Dobson, Miss S. Doupe, Mrs. E. B. Elliott, Miss E. M. Fielding, P. D. Harris, Miss M. Johnston, J. C. Pincock, Wilfred Sadler, Barbara F. Stewart

After 1915

See Isaac Brock School

Photos & Maps

Winnipeg Collegiate Institute

Postcard of the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0091

Winnipeg Collegiate Institute

Winnipeg Collegiate Institute (circa 1910)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Collegiate #7, N5222.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90270, W97.15293
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Isaac Brock School (1265 Barratt Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (720 Alverstone Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hugh John Macdonald School (567 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Maple Leaf School No. 83 (Morden)

Sources:

“What’s in a name,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 November 1889, page 4.

“A collegiate building,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1891, page 3.

“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 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.

“Farewell to veteran,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 July 1913, page 28.

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

“817 teachers are appointed for new school term,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 August 1921, page 1.

“Many men prominent not only in city but throughout Canada passed through the portals of the old collegiate institute,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 December 1922, page 31.

“Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Winnipeg,” Manitoba Calling, May 1944, page 17.

“Hugh John Macdonald School,” unpublished file by Winnipeg School Division.

We thank Joyce Wawrykow and Olga Zaporzan for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and Reid Dickie.

Page revised: 22 October 2017

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