Historic Sites of Manitoba: John Taylor Collegiate (470 Hamilton Avenue, Winnipeg)
In October 1963, local voters approved a proposal to construct a new high school, named in commemoration of local settler John Taylor, in this area of Winnipeg to alleviate overcrowding at Westwood Collegiate. The proposal had a budget of $984,000 and called for a structure containing 24 classrooms, four science laboratories, three commercial rooms, three home economics rooms, three industrial arts rooms, a library and guidance rooms, two music and audio-visual rooms, an art room, and an auditorium. The architectural firm of Herman and St. Lawrence was hired and the Winnipeg Construction Company commenced construction in March 1964.
Teachers at Westwood Collegiate were given the option of transferring to the new John Taylor Collegiate, along with Vice-Principal Doug Bridge, for the fall of 1964. Five teachers accepted the offer along with eleven new teachers. The first year of operation had five grade 9 classes, four grade 10 classes, and one grade 11 commercial class.
Among the other teachers of John Taylor Collegiate were David J. McDowell and James Norman Houck.
Photos & Coordinates
A History of John Taylor Collegiate, 1964-1975, St. James Assiniboia School Division.
We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 February 2020
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