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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kent Road School (361 Kent Road, Winnipeg)

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A sod-turning ceremony for the beginning of construction for what was initially known as Kent-Manhattan School, formally named Kent Road School, was conducted by trustee E. G. Hanson on 7 August 1952. Design work for the new seven-classroom school was done by the Winnipeg architectural firm of Green Blankstein Russell and Associates, and construction was undertaken by the Peter Leitch Construction Company, at a cost of $132,000. Laying of the cornerstone was done by school trustee Joseph Zuken at a ceremony on 4 September 1952. The facility opened for classes in January 1953 and an official opening ceremony took place on 28 May 1953, attended by Winnipeg School Division Chair A. N. Robertson.

The original school was expanded in 1955, with six more classrooms added in 1962. An auditorium was built in 1976, named the Williston Memorial Auditorium in tribute to local athletes Donald Lynn Williston (c1959-1971) and David William Williston (c1961-1971) who died in a boating accident.

Principals

Period

Principal

1953-1955

Dorothy May Allward (1904-1968)

1955-1956

Gerald Leopold Kramer (1908-1977)

1956-1962

Amy Jean Mitchell (1904-1996)

1962-1970

Clifford Wesley Biglow (1908-1980)

1970-1977

John Arthur Buchanan (1913-1999)

1977-?

?

?-1985

Johann “John” Hamm (1925-2017)

1985-?

?

?-1999

Phyllis McConaghy

1999-?

Diane Zakala

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1953-1954

W. Nazeravich, R. Baron, Miss R. Dubovsky, Mrs. O. Hawryluk, Mrs. K. MacDonald, Miss N. A. Reimer

1954-1955

Miss M. Amos, R. Baron, Miss A. Dandy, Mrs. O. Hawryluk, Miss G. F. McDonald, Miss A. Zink

1955-1956

R. Baron, Miss A. Dandy, Miss I. Homiak, Miss I. McIvor, Miss K. Klowak, Miss G. MacDonald, Mrs. A. Troyer

1956-1957

Miss M. E. Allen, R. Cross, Miss E. Gibson, Miss M. Graham, Miss K. Klowak, Miss P. Moore, Mrs. I. Robinson, Miss E. Siemens, Mrs. A. Sokolski, Mrs. A. Troyer, Mrs. B. Zakaluk

1957-1958

Mrs. J. Adams, Mrs. F. Ayre, Mr. R. Cross, Miss E. Gibson, Miss M. Graham, Miss K. Klowak, Miss E. Maksimow, Mrs. P. Moore, Mrs. I. Robinson, Miss E. Siemens, Mrs. A. Troyer, Miss K. Wilson, Mrs. B. Zakaluk, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1958-1959

Miss J. Adams, Mrs. F. Ayre, Mrs. L. Barnholdt, R. Cross, Miss E. Gibson, Miss M. Graham, Miss V. Hume, Miss E. Maksimow, Miss P. Moore, Miss E. Siemens, Mrs. H. Todd, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. B. Zakaluk, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1959-1960

Mrs. J. Adams, Mrs. F. Ayre, Mrs. L. Bernholdt, R. Cross, Miss B. Gibson, Miss M. Graham, Miss M. Hagyard, Miss V. Hume, Miss G. Keane, Miss E. Maksimow, Miss E. Siemens, Mrs. H. Todd, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1960-1961

Mrs. J. Adams, Mrs. L. Bernholdt, R. Cross, Miss E. Gibson, Miss M. Graham, Miss G. Keane, Miss E. Maksimow, Mrs. M. Martin, Mrs. H. Nagy, Mrs. Z. Piotrkowsky, Miss L. Siemens, Mrs. A. Sweet, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1961-1962

Mrs. J. Adams, Miss A. Anklesaria, Mrs. E. Bornholdt, Miss B. Gibson, Mrs. G. Griffin, Mrs. E. Kroes, Miss A. Labossiere, Miss E. Maksimow, Mrs. J. McLeod, Mrs. H. Nagy, R. Reid, Mrs. A. Sweet, Mrs. R. Wallace, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

P. Bilawka, Eva Bonkowski, Mrs. E. Bornholdt, Mrs. S. Buck, Mrs. M. Duncan, Miss H. Foth, Mrs. S. Grant, Miss C. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. M. Knudson, Mrs. E. Kroes, Miss A. Labossiere, Miss E. Maksimow, Miss S. McIntyre, R. Reid, Miss O. J. Smith, Miss E. Tottle, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1964-1966

Eva Bonkowski, ?

1966-1967

P. Bilawka, Eva Bonkowski, Mrs. S. Buck, Mrs. K. Cope, Mrs. M. Duncan, Mrs. E. Galloway, Miss A. Kroeker, Mrs. A. Krucik, Mrs. A. Labossiere, Mrs. C. Madsen, Miss E. Maksimow, Miss L. Mang, Mrs. H. Neufeld, R. Reid, Miss O. Smith, Miss C. Sprintz, Miss D. Wilson, Mrs. J. Zulkowski

1967-1968

P. Bilawka, Eva Bonkowski, Mrs. S. Buck, Mrs. K. Cope, Mrs. M. Duncan, Miss M. Foster, Mrs. E. Galloway, Miss A. Kroeker, Mrs. A. Krucik, Miss A. Labossiere, Mrs. C. Madsen, Miss L. Mang, Mrs. H. Neufeld, R. Reid, Miss L. Ritchie, Miss O. Smith, Miss C. Sprintz, Miss D. Wilson

1968-1969

Mrs. I. Avery, P. Bilawka, Eva Bonkowski, Mrs. S. Buck, Mrs. M. Duncan, Miss M. Foster, Mrs. E. Galloway, Mrs. S. Grant, Miss S. Greenberg, Mrs. A. Krucik, Miss A. Labossiere, Mrs. C. Madsen, Miss L. Mang, Mrs. H. Neufeld, R. Reid, Miss M. Reimer, Miss L. Ritchie, Miss O. Smith, Mrs. B. Wark, Mrs. A. Wiebe

Photos & Maps

Kent Road School

Kent Road School (August 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90456, W97.08212
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Trustees list more changes in principals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1952, page 3.

“Trustee Hansen to turn first sod at new school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1952, page 3.

“Trustees to witness cornerstone-laying,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1952, page 3.

“2 new city schools open, total cost tops $300,000,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1953, page 3.

“Club calendar [official opening],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1953, page 16.

“Tenders for school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1955, page 21.

“To build school, addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1961, page 16.

Obituary [Donald Lynn Williston and David William Williston], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1971, page 33.

“Tender for school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1976, page 20.

“Trustees urged to create stability in principal’s office,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1999, page A8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 December 2017

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