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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rapid City School No. 124 (Rapid City, RM of Oakview)

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Designed by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott and built in 1902, the Rapid City School replaced an earlier school in Rapid City established in 1881. It became Rapid City Consolidated School No. 2392 in January 1961, combining Rapid City School with several rural schools, including Little Saskatchewan School No. 134, Wallace School No. 405, McBride School No. 558, Centreview School No. 858, and Oakleigh Union School No. 914. In 1968, it joined Rolling River School Division. After the school closed, it was used as a local museum and cultural centre until around 2004. It became a municipally-designated historic site in 2014.

A plaque erected on the school grounds by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba commemorates Frederick Philip Grove, who taught at various schools in south-central Manitoba before moving to Ontario in 1929. He is buried in the southwest corner of the Rapid City Cemetery.

Principals

Period

Principal

1880s

Dr. Schnaffer

1880-1897

?

1897-1899

John Whyte (1850-1927)

1899-1901

John Wesley Peters (1863-1962)

1901

Mr. Laidlaw

1901-1905

George Albert Sproule (1872-1936)

1905-1907

Duncan Crerar (1877-1910)

1907-1916

Charles T. Cresswell (1872-1961)

1916-1918

Harold Elwin Riter (1892-1967)

1918-1920

Arthur Herbert Hoole (1889-1991)

1920-1922

Benjamin Hodkinson (1864-1948)

1922-1924

Frederick Philip Grove (1871-1948)

1924-1926

Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-?)

1926-1929

Wilfred Gilbert Pearce (1893-1975)

1929-1937

John Sigfus Helgason (?-1978)

1937-1942

John Samuell Dickison (1906-1995)

1942-1944

Garnet Milton Morrison (1915-1992)

1944-1946

John Ernest Ingot (?-2001)

1946-1956

Archibald George Hickling (1910-1968)

1956-1957

Frank Cecil Jacobs (1914-2002)

1957-1965

Robert Octavius Picken “Barney” Bolton (1907-1985)

1965-1967

Edwin Fedak

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1882

Miss Allan (junior grades), Miss J. Butcher (junior grades), Dr. Schnaffer (senior grades)

1965-1966

Mrs. Merle Arbuckle, Mrs. Elsie Boys, Steve Dmytriw, Miss Ruth Jacobs, Mrs. Delce Shanks

1966-1967

Mrs. Elsie Boys, Steve Dmytriw, Morris J. Stefaniuk

Among the other teachers of Rapid City School was Effie Weir (early 1920s).

Photos & Maps

Rapid City School

Rapid City School (circa 1925) by William C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 41.

Rapid City School

Rapid City School (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Rapid City 3.

Rapid City School

Rapid City School (1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7454, Album 21, Page 41.

Rapid City School

Rapid City School (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Grove Monument

Grove monument on school grounds (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.11905, W100.03604
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Philip Grove (1871-1948)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rapid City Mill Office (Rapid City, RM of Oakview)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

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

“Rapid City school board requires two teachers,” Rapid City Reporter, 28 April 1966, page 1.

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.

Rapid City and District - Our Past for the Future, Rapid City Historical Book Society, 1978.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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