Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shoal Lake School No. 458 (Shoal Lake, RM of Yellowhead)

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The Lake View School District was organized formally in July 1885, named for the Shoal Lake in close proximity. With the coming of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway, the town of Shoal Lake developed here. Classes were held in a railway freight shed until a schoolhouse could be built. With growing enrollment, elementary classes were later moved to the nearby Thompson’s Hall.

In 1906, a two-storey brick school building was erected by contractor E. R. Snider based on a design by F. R. Evans. It was replaced in 1926 with a one-storey red brick school designed by Winnipeg architect Gilbert C. Parfitt. (Similar schools were constructed in Brookdale, Deloraine, and Ninette.) The district was renamed Shoal Lake School in April 1937.

In 1956, it joined the school consolidation movement, becoming Shoal Lake Consolidated School No. 2352, by merging with rural schools in the surrounding area: Edgehill School No. 130 and King School No. 1337. It joined the Birdtail River School Division in 1959 and, two years later, a two-storey addition containing eight elementary classrooms, principal’s office, teachers’ room, library, and gymnasium was made to the red brick school, which became the high school. The older building was taken down and its lumber was used to construct two houses on Jane Street.

In 1978-1979, a larger gymnasium, science lab, library, and principal’s office were constructed, and officially opened in November 1979. The 1926 brick school building was demolished in the 1990s but a pair of metal signs at the site commemorate it.





John Wesley Shipley (1878-1943)


Alfred Dickson (1876-1957)




John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)


Neil D. Reid


George Herbert Robertson (1876-?)


Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)


Arthur Herbert Hoole (1889-1991)


Albert Hill (1882-1941)


John Francis Goodwin (1885-1975)


Tordur “Theodore” Sigurdson (1896-?)


John Albert “Jack” George (1899-1970)


Clifford W. Biglow


John Leslie “Jack” Morrow (1896-1989)


William George Delgaty (1901-1988)


John Melville Brown (1913-1996)


Wesley Sterling McGill (1904-1986)


Elmenia Jean Mollard (1901-1991)


Paul Robinson


Ernest Lorne Moffat (1899-1982)


J. W. Milner


Mrs. Helen Hepworth


Mr. R. V. Buschau


Andrew John Legebokoff (c1924-2014)


R. D. Bell


Andrew John Legebokoff (c1924-2014)




Wayne Basso




Dennis Schoonbaert





Lyall Wilson
Nelson Luhowy


Among the early teachers who worked at Shoal Lake School were Mr. Ambler (1886), Alice Victoria Short (1910s), Sarah Ann Sproat (1920-?), Dorothy Strachan (1927-1928), Sybil Francis Shack (1934-1935), Alys D. Hunter (1935-1939), Charles T. Cresswell, and F. Douglas Crandle.

School Year



Mr. H. Giesbrecht, Miss M. Graffin, Mrs. Helen Hepworth

Photos & Coordinates

Shoal Lake School building erected in 1906

Shoal Lake School building erected in 1906 (1906)
Source: Education Department Report, 1906, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of Shoal Lake School

Postcard view of Shoal Lake School (circa 1912)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0303

Postcard view of Shoal Lake School

Postcard view of Shoal Lake School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2021-0097

The first Shoal Lake School, built in 1906

The first Shoal Lake School, built in 1906 (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

The second Shoal Lake School, built in 1926

The second Shoal Lake School, built in 1926 (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

The former Shoal Lake School building

The former Shoal Lake School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1228.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.43292, W100.59194
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

“Shoal Lake, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, 16 October 1916, Archives of Manitoba.

“School report,” Shoal Lake Star, 26 April 1928, page 1.

“Council reports,” Birtle Eyewitness, 3 October 1961, page 10.

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.

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

“Trustees conduct regular meeting,” Hamiota Echo, 13 September 1988, page 7.

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

“Teacher assistants,” Shoal Lake Star, 27 July 1998, page 8.

We thank Reid Dickie, Tricia Tennant, Malcolm Bell, Nathan Kramer, Ken Kristjanson, and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 June 2024

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