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Historic Sites of Manitoba: River East Collegiate (295 Sutton Avenue, Winnipeg)

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The River East Collegiate was built in 1960 based on designs of the Winnipeg architectural firm of Ward and Macdonald. It opened to students on 20 December 1960, who had previously been attending staggered classes at the East St. Paul Collegiate. The River East School Division facility, built at a cost of $508,970, had 15 classrooms, auditorium/gymnasium, commercial rooms, home economics rooms, shops, and an assortment of additional rooms. It was opened officially on 27 February 1961. The original structure was expanded greatly in 1963, adding 20 classrooms, two commercial rooms, one laboratory, and increased automotive shops space. The expanded facility opened in late November 1963.

In June 1990, the River East Collegiate Student Association erected a monument in front of the school in honour of late Principal J. Bruce Brown.





Alexander J. “Alex” Smaluk (c1921-2016)


James Bruce Brown (c1940-1985)




William “Bill” Welsh (1936-2017)




D. Posthumus





Joseph Anthony “Joe” Degen (1929-2016)


Among the other teachers of River East Collegiate were Peter Jacob Olchowecki (1961-1974) and Harold Melville Stinson (?-1969).

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Entrance to River East Collegiate with commemorative monument
for Principal J. Bruce Brown

Entrance to River East Collegiate with commemorative monument
for Principal J. Bruce Brown
(October 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.94304, W97.08108
denoted by symbol on the map above


“River East School Division No. 9,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1960, page 29.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1961, page 6.

“Know your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1964 page 3.

“Male lead Mike finds lost chord,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1967, page 21.

“Students not rushing to bars at noon, Syms says,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1977, page 4.

“Staggered classes set at East St. Paul Collegiate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1960, page 48.

“River East School Division No. 9 public notice,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1962, page 36.

“Many suburban acclamations but bylaws may lure voters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1962, page 3.

“Tenders - addition to River East Collegiate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1963, page 36.

New River East Collegiate addition opening Friday,” [newspaper clipping], November 1963. Jim Smith / MMC Alumni.

We thank Jim Daher for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2018

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