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Historic Sites of Manitoba: General Byng School (1254 Beaumont Street, Winnipeg)

Link to:
Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

Built in 1921 by the Fort Garry School District No. 2047 (which also constructed and operated the General Steele School nearby), General Byng School No. 1 opened on 24 October 1921. It became part of the Fort Garry Municipal School District No. 2361 in 1959 then, later that year, part of the Fort Garry School Division. The building hosted the Fort Garry High School until the senior grades were moved to the new Viscount Alexander High School in 1949. A new four-room school, General Byng School No. 2 was erected on the grounds in 1956, to host grades 4 to 7. An eight-classroom addition was made in 1959 on a design by Winnipeg architect Laurie Ward.

The original building was still standing of the early 1990s.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1923

Mrs. E. Hill

1923-1943

William John Robinson (1882-1947)

1943-1946

?

1946-1949

Richard “Dick” Moore (1908-1996)

1949-1965

Katherine Carol Weber (1912-1986)

1965-1970

?

1970-1971

Mr. Latter

1971-1974

?

1974-1982

Fred Olson

1982-1985

Mr. Teed-Grott

1985-1987

?

1987-1989

Val Burch

1989-1990

Rick Martin

1990-1991

Val Burch

1991-1993

Rick Martin

1993-1995

?

1995-1998

Peter Francis

1998-2004

Alan Geske

2004-2005

Gerard Gill

2005-2011

Darren Juby

2011-?

Judy Pirnie

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1970-1971

Mr. Hildebrand

1971-1982

?

1982-1985

Val Burch

1985-1987

?

1987-1989

Rick Martin

1989-1990

Mr. R. C. Harvey

1990-1991

Rick Martin

1991-1992

Lorraine Evelyn Henley (1944-2018)

1992-1993

Dave Benson

1993-1995

?

1995-1996

Clair Panchard

1996-1998

Gerard Gill

1998-2002

Lisa Boles

2002-2005

Darren Juby

2005-2008

Lorraine Compayre

2008-2011

Gail Walker

2011-2013

Dawn Thompson

2013-2014

?

2014-2015

Janet Tomy

2015-?

Susan LaSpina

Teachers

School Year

Teacher

1921-1922

Alison T. Usher, ?

1922-1923

Alison T. Usher, ?

1923-1924

Jean McIntyre, ?

1924-1925

Jean McIntyre, ?

1925-1926

Jean McIntyre, ?

1926-1927

Jean McIntyre, ?

1927-1928

Jean McIntyre, ?

1928-1929

Jean McIntyre, ?

1929-1930

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1930-1931

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1931-1932

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1932-1933

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1933-1934

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1934-1935

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1935-1936

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1936-1937

Jean Gammon, Gertrude Manchester

1937-1938

?

1938-1939

?

1939-1940

C. Avery, Gertrude Manchester, Miss J. Wheelans

1940-1941

?

1941-1942

?

1942-1943

?

1943-1944

?

1944-1945

?

1945-1946

?

1946-1947

?

1947-1948

?

1948-1949

?

1949-1950

Eva Gould, Mrs. J. Ryall, Mrs. I. Sveinson, Miss M. Westgate

1950-1970

?

1970-1971

Mrs. Boyko (grade 2), Mrs. Carr (French), Mrs. Fast (grade 6), Mrs. Godard (grade 7), Mr. Hildebrand (math, science), Mr. Holowka (grades 8-9), Ms. Klapprat (grade 3), Mr. Menzies (grades 7-8), Mrs. Peterson (grade 4), Mrs. Pratt (library), Sister Rita (grade 1), Miss Rogers (grade 2), Miss Turek (kindergarten), Mrs. Wiens (grade 5), Mr. Wyatt (grade 6)

1971-?

?

Among the other teachers of General Byng School was Elsie Claire Dewar.

Photos & Maps

General Byng School No. 1

General Byng School No. 1 (circa 1922)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1922, page 5.

Portion of a Winnipeg fire insurance map showing the positions of General Byng School No. 1 and General Byng School No. 2

Portion of a Winnipeg fire insurance map showing the positions of General Byng School No. 1 and General Byng School No. 2 (1960)
Source: ManitobaMaps

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84342, W97.15967
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: General Steele School (757 Lyon Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

[General Byng school opening], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 October 1921, page 6.

“Fort Garry’s school system shows great development,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1922, page 5.

“Fort Garry,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 October 1923, page 19.

“Fort Garry,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 June 1929, page 27.

“News of the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1929, page 6.

Marriage registrations [Alison Tait Usher, Jean McIntyre], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“News of the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1934, page 23.

“News of the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1936, page 34.

“Fort Garry notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1939, page 4.

“Fort Garry schools name teaching staffs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 September 1939, page 23.

“Open house set at Fort Garry’s new high school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1949, page 3.

“20,420 pupils for suburbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1956, page 3.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Tenders for General Byng School addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1959, page 43.

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.

“South Winnipeg schools are switching principals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 2004, page S3.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Susan LaSpina.

Page revised: 20 October 2018

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