Historic Sites of Manitoba: Barron School No. 1930 (RM of Grey)

The Barron School District was established in May 1918, named for James Barron who had sold a three-acre lot at SE28-9-7 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Grey, for one dollar. The first schoolhouse, a wood building measuring 24 feet by 30 feet, was built in 1919. The second school was built in 1950. Grades 1 to 8 were taught. The school also served the surrounding district for Christmas concerts, social gatherings, and picnics. The school closed in 1960 and students from this area went to St. Claude Consolidated School. The former school building was moved in 1965 to a farm at SW17-9-8W (about N49.73920, W98.52716) and it was destroyed by fire in 2012.

The monument at the original school site was dedicated at a ceremony on 25 September 1999 to the parents, students, teachers, and trustees of Barron School.

The former Barron School building

The former Barron School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 507.

Barron School commemorative monument

Barron School commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Barron School commemorative monument

Barron School commemorative monument (April 2023)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.76891, W98.34800
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

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 Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 May 2023

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