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

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

In 1921, a one-storey, brick school was constructed at this site by the Fort Garry School District No. 2047 (which also built and operated the General Byng School nearby), based on a design by local architects John Woodman and Arthur E. Cubbidge. Like its counterpart in northeast Winnipeg, the school commemorated soldier and policeman Sir Sam Benfield Steele. Initially a two-classroom structure, two additional classrooms were added in 1943. It was closed in 1957 and was converted into offices for the School District, which in 1959 became part of the Fort Garry Municipal School District No. 2361 and, later that year, the Fort Garry School Division. The building was later used as a dance studio, child care facility, and church. In 2005, it was removed from the City of Winnipeg’s inventory of historic buildings and, the following year, the structure was demolished to make way for a residential block.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1922

James Henry Kiteley (1871-1955)

1922-1923

Miss J. Parkinson

1923-1943

William John Robinson (1882-1947)

1943-1949

?

1949-1950

Mr. J. Genron

1950-1951

?

1951-1957

Harry Sharpe (c1905-1958)

Teachers

School Year

Teacher

1921-1922

?

1922-1923

?

1923-1924

?

1924-1925

?

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

?

1927-1928

Margaret Rixon, Clara Watkins

1928-1929

?

1929-1930

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald, Miss Etella McQuarrie

1930-1931

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald

1931-1932

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald

1932-1933

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald

1933-1934

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald

1934-1935

Mildred Crawshaw, Muriel Hopkins, Violet Labey, Oonah MacDonald, Eleanor Slagerman, Natanis Vaux

1935-1936

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald

1936-1937

Muriel Hopkins, Violet Labey, Miss O. MacDonald, Frieda Porter, Eleanor Slagerman

1937-1938

Mildred Hopkins, Margaret Lawson, Miss O. MacDonald, Eleanor Slagerman

1938-1939

Muriel Hopkins, Miss O. MacDonald, ?

1939-1940

Doreen Handell, Mildred Hopkins, Violet Labey, Miss O. MacDonald, C. Warren

1940-1941

Violet Labey, ?

1941-1942

Violet Labey, ?

1942-1943

Violet Labey, ?

1943-1944

Violet Labey, ?

1944-1945

Violet Labey, ?

1945-1946

Violet Labey, ?

1946-1947

Violet Labey, ?

1947-1948

Violet Labey, ?

1948-1949

Violet Labey, ?

1949-1950

Mrs. G. Anderson, Mrs. J. Burt, Miss I. Cowie, Emily Fitzpatrick, Violet Labey, Mrs M. Munson, Miss I. Cowie

1950-1951

?

1951-1952

?

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

?

1954-1955

?

1955-1956

?

1956-1957

?

Photos & Maps

The former General Steele School building

The former General Steele School building (1994)
Source: Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg

The former General Steele School building when in use as a dance studio

The former General Steele School building when in use as a dance studio (1996)
Source: Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg

The former General Steele School building prior to its demolition

The former General Steele School building prior to its demolition (2005)
Source: Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84593, W97.14439
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sir Sam Steele School (15 Chester Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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

“News from the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1923, page 11.

“News of the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1928, page 6.

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

“News of the suburbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1930, page 16.

“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.

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.

The Year Past 2005, Annual Report of the City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, City of Winnipeg, page 22.

Winnipeg Building Index.

We thank Murray Peterson and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2018

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