The Cypress Valley School District was established formally in April 1885, with a building was erected in the northeast quarter of 24-6-13 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. In 1910, the original building was replaced by a wood frame structure. The school closed in January 1958 and its students went to Cypress River Consolidated School No. 2357. As of 1986, the building was still standing on its original site and being used as a granary. It was demolished in July 2002.
Among the teachers of Cypress Valley School were Joan Aileen Swindell (1944-1945), Dorothy Ellen Turnbull (1945-1946), Irene Roberts (1954-1955), and Rudolph Reimer (1957-1958).
Cypress Valley School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 40.
The former Cypress Valley School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 79.
The former Cypress Valley School building and commemorative monument (April 2002)
Source: Justin De Baets
Cypress Valley School commemorative monument (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.50277, W99.08867
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cypress River Consolidated School No. 2357 / Cypress River Museum (Cypress River, RM of Victoria)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cypress River Pioneers Monument (Cypress River, RM of Victoria)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Baldur District Schools (RM of Argyle)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church (Municipality of Lorne)
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.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Cypress Valley School District No. 394 Daily Registers, GR2049, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank Justin De Baets for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 22 January 2021
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