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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexander Ross School / Manitoba School for the Deaf (242 Stradford Street, Winnipeg)

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Named for Sheriff and Councillor of Assiniboia Alexander Ross, this masonry and steel-framed building in west Winnipeg contained a gymnasium and 29 rooms (classrooms and office space) totaling some 52,498 square feet. It was based on designs of the Winnipeg architectural firm of Pratt, Lindgren, Snider, Tomcej and Associates. Built at a cost of around $1,500,000, operation of the school began in 1975 but, until construction was completed, classes were held at various locations in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Kindergarten and grade one classes were held at Lakewood School while grades two to six were held at Strathmillan School, and grades seven to nine were housed at Spring Valley School. The building was ready in March 1976 and an official opening ceremony was held on 29 September 1976.

The school closed in the summer of 1989 and the building later became the home for the Manitoba School for the Deaf.

Principals

Period

Principal

1975-1979

Leonard Harvey “Len” Goldsborough (1931-2012)

1979-1981

John Proudfoot (?-2013)

1981-1987

John “Jack” Elliott

1987-1988

?

1988-1989

Nick Yacheson

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1975-1978

William F. “Bill” Moore

1978-1979

Don Loadman

1979-1980

John Carlyle

1980-1982

Hardy Enns

1982-1983

Sharon Smith

1983-1985

Victor A. Mollot

1985-1987

Vona Edgar

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1975-1976

Miss B. Hooper (Physical Education, Language Arts, Art), Miss L. Hovorka (French), Miss K. MacDonald (Math, Science), Miss P. Maskell, Lawrence Melnyk (Math, Science), Miss G. Michaluk, Mr. D. Parsons (Band), Mrs. G. Roberts, Mrs. V. Robertson (Physical Education, Language Arts, Health), Miss Irene Schmidt (Kindergarten), Mr. W. Shurraw (Math, Language Arts), Anne Stadnyk (Social Studies, Science), Miss L. Steindele (Music, Language Arts, Glee Club), Mrs. Pearl Stewart, Miss Mureen Szymanski, Neil Whitley, Mrs. M. Waithman (Resource)

1976-1977

Gerry Bolin, Mrs. Joanne Booth (grade 7), John Chalaturnyk (grade 5), David Chaze (grade 7), Mrs. S. Deverdenne (grade 3), Stan Dychko (grade 8), Mrs. Margaret Dykes (grade 4), Mrs. Kerri Elliott (grade 5), Mrs. L. Fraser, Margaret Gibson (grade 3), Miss B. Hooper, Victor Hooper, Mrs. L. Horrill, William “Bill” Humiski (grade 7), Mr. F. Linklater, Miss K. MacDonald (grade 9), Lawrence Melnyk (grade 6), Miss Grace Michaluk (grade 1), Mrs. E. Perchaluk, Frieda Psooy, Miss Irene Schmidt (kindergarten), Mrs. S. Sellors (grade 7), Walter Shurraw (grade 8), Mr. D. Skinner (grade 8), Anne Stadnyk (grade 9), Mrs. Pearl Stewart (grade 2), Miss Mureen Szymanski (grade 2), Mrs. P. Ternovetsky (grade 1), Mr. H. Wahl, Neil Whitley (grade 6), Mrs. B. Wynes (grade 4)

1977-1978

Gerry Bolin, Mrs. Joanne Booth, John Chalaturnyk, David Chaze, Mrs. S. Deverdenne, Stan Dychko, Mrs. Margaret Dykes, Miss Colleen Einarson, Mrs. Kerri Elliott, Margaret Gibson, Ray Guenther, Victor Hooper, Mrs. L. Horrill, Mrs. Howie, William “Bill” Humiski, Mr. F. Linklater, Miss K. MacDonald, Miss Loretta Martin, Lawrence Melnyk, Miss Grace Michaluk, Frieda Psooy, Miss Irene Schmidt, Mrs. S. Sellors, Anne Stadnyk, Mrs. Pearl Stewart, Miss Mureen Szymanski, Mr. H. Wahl, Neil Whitley, Mrs. B. Wynes

1978-1979

Gerry Bolin (grade 9), Mrs. Joanne Booth (grade 7), John Chalaturnyk (grade 5), David Chaze (grade 8), Mrs. Gerdine Crawford (grade 7), Philip Desilet (physical education), Stan Dychko (grade 8), Mrs. Margaret Dykes (pre-intermediate), Miss Colleen Einarson (library technician), Mrs. Kerri Elliott (grade 4), Mrs. L. Fraser, Margaret Gibson (grade 1), Mrs. Gregory, Ray Guenther (guidance), Miss Brenda Hooper (grade 8), Victor Hooper (grade 5), William “Bill” Humiski (grade 9), Miss Sharon Kempa (grade 4), Miss MacFadyen, Miss Loretta Martin (grade 3), Lawrence Melnyk (grade 9), Miss Grace Michaluk (grade 1), David Negrych (grade 6), David Nestruck (band), Mrs. Parr, Mrs. Freda Psooy (resource), Miss Irene Schmidt (kindergarten), David Skinner (grade 7), Anne Stadnyk (guidance), Mrs. Pearl Stewart (grade 2), Miss Mureen Szymanski (grade 3), Mrs. Annette Turko (grade 2), Mr. H. Wahl, Neil Whitley (grade 6)

1979-1980

?

1980-1981

?

1981-1982

?

1982-1983

?

1983-1984

?

1984-1985

Mr. Baydock, Mrs. Beaudry, Mr. G. Bolin, Mr. Bratland, Ms. Craig, Mr. Diehl, Mr. Farrant, Mrs. Fast, Mrs. Fetterly, Mrs. Forsyth, Miss Friesen, Mrs. Gates, Mrs. Gillies, Mrs. Gould, Mrs. Halligan, Mrs. Hickey, Miss Hill, Miss Hooper, Mr. Hooper, Miss Kempa, Miss Lockhart, Miss MacFadyen, Mrs. MacLean, Miss Martain, Mrs. Matsyk, Mrs. Matthews, Miss Michaluk, Mr. Moore, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Parr, Mr. Redgwell, Miss Schmidt, Mrs. Smith, Ann Stadnyk, Mr. Turko, Mrs. Turko, Ms. Warachka

1985-1986

?

1986-1987

?

1987-1988

?

1988-1989

?

Photos & Coordinates

Architectural Sketch of Alexander Ross School

Architectural Sketch of Alexander Ross School (circa 1976)
Source: St. James Assiniboia School Division

The former Alexander Ross School

The former Alexander Ross School (May 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Alexander Ross School

The former Alexander Ross School (May 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89609, W97.31945
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deaf and Dumb Institute / Manitoba School for the Deaf (Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba School for the Deaf / Manitoba Teachers’ College / Canadian Mennonite University (500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba School for the Deaf / Manitoba Vocational Centre / Prince Charles School / Prince Charles Education Resource Centre (1075 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1975, page 41.

“Ross School still has no building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1975, page 3.

“Temporary spots set for Ross School pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1975, page 91.

“Subdivision plan angers school board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1989, page 2.

“The St. James - Assiniboia School Division requests proposals to lease,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly West Edition, 18 June 1989, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 8 May 2020

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