Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley School No. 9 (Headingley)

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A monument for Headingley School is situated along Bridge Road in the Rural Municipality of Headingley. Built in 1910 on a design by architect Arthur F. Nesbitt, the two-classroom structure replaced an earlier school destroyed by fire on 14 January 1910. Students in grades 1 to 5 had classes in one room while those in grades 6 to 10 had classes in the other.

After the school closed, the building stood vacant. It was vandalized extensively and school records left in the building were destroyed. The building was later demolished. Students went to a newly-constructed Phoenix School nearby. The monument at the former school site was erected in 1999 by the Headingley Historical Society.





E. Mary McDougall




Hugh Clarke Fairfield (1877-1961)




Emerson Lloyd Arnett (1911-1975)


Dorothy Ellen Swinburne Levine (c1905-1971)


Charlotte M. Finlay




Alexander Russell “Alex” Paterson (1882-1958)




Abram William “Abe” Krahn (1923-2016)

After 1956

See Phoenix School




Before 1910

see Headingley School


Spring only: E. Mary McDougall [MacDougall] (senior grades), Jessie Taylor (junior grades)


Linda L. Norris


Alice Sharer (Spring), Jennie Sharman (Fall)


K. Fairoot? (Spring), Kate Forrest (early pt. Fall), Jennie Sharman (late pt. Fall)


Estella McManus


Estella McManus


Estella McManus


Irene Morris


Irene A? Morris


Annie Cameron


Hugh Clarke Fairfield (senior grades), Hazel M. King (junior grades, Spring), James B. Taylor (junior grades, Fall)

Among the other teachers who worked at Headingley School were Jessie Matheson Iverach (1936-1940, daughter of David Iverach), Dorothy Currie (1943-1944), Mrs. Emily Priest (1944-1947), Mr. A. R. Patterson (1944-1947), Mrs. Selma M. Hardy (1947-1951), Molly Charlotte Finkbeiner (1952-1953), Miss Sarah B. Steel (1953-1954), Mr. P. Alexiuk (1954-1955), and Mrs. Viola Dufresne (1955-1956).

Photos & Coordinates

Headingley School

Headingley School (1920s) by E. D. Parker
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 5.

Headingley School commemorative monument

Headingley School commemorative monument (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87432, W97.40494
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley School No. 9 (Headingley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Phoenix School No. 1528 (Headingley)


Canada voters lists, Ancestry.

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

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

“Jessie Taylor of Headingly becomes bride of T. V. Ellaby,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 October 1941, page 10.

“Ex-city fireman dies at 67 [Thomas Victor Ellaby],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1954, page 30.

Obituary [Jessie Ellaby], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1969, page 37.

History of Headingley & Phoenix Schools: 1856-1974 by Mrs. N. Ramsay, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

Headingley: Pioneers Past & Present by Murray Peterson and Georgia Anderson Taillieu, Headingley Historical Society, 2003.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Larry Taylor, James Arnett, and William McArthur for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2022

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