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Historic Sites of Manitoba: River Heights School / Robert H. Smith School (315 Oak Street, Winnipeg)

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Built by day labourers at the corner of Oak Street and Kingsway, in 1919, the school was known briefly as Oak Street School before being renamed River Heights School. It became Robert H. Smith School in 1929, commemorating Winnipeg School Board official R. H. Smith. The building was demolished in 1992.

Principals

Period

Principal

1920-1922

Elizabeth Jemima McArthur “Betty” Boyd (1888-1973)

1922-1930

William Wallace Pierce (1880-1965)

1930-1945

John James Wilkinson (1881-1958)

1945-1954

Carl Stirrat Gow (1900-1977)

1954-1962

Margaret Katherine McKinnon (1909-1996)

1962-1970

Rachel Margaret “Rae” Scott (1906-2000)

1970-1972

?

?-?

John Jaman (1932-2013)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1921-1922

E. Groelle, A. V. G. Jackson, A. Judge, A. M. Parlee, O. D. Playford, N. Skilling

1922-1923

C. M. Dunfield, E. M. Groelle, A. V. G. Jackson, A. Judge, E. McAllister, A. McKeague, A. M. Shearer

1923-1924

H. F. Bryce, C. M. Dunfield, E. M. Groelle, A. T. Judge, F. L. Ormond, G. B. Silcock

1924-1925

H. F. Bryce, E. M. Groelle, A. T. Judge, P. Kyle, J. Mitchell, F. L. Ormond

1925-1926

A. L. Cordiner, E. M. Groelle, A. Hammill, A. T. Judge, P. Kyle, V. McInerney, F. L. Ormond

1926-1927

A. Hammell, L. King, N. McArthur, M. E. McIntyre, V. McInerney, F. L. Ormond

1927-1928

M. Aikenhead, R. Brown, B. Harris, G. Kavanagh, M. Montgomery, M. McIntyre, N. McArthur

1928-1929

G. Atkins, M. E. Dayton, B. Harris, G. M. Kavanagh, I. Lowe, N. E. McArthur, M. E. McIntyre, M. Montgomery

1929-1930

G. I. Atkins, C. M. Cavanagh, E. E. Cochrane, B. Harris, I. D. Love, N. E. McArthur, M. E. McIntyre, M. Montgomery, F. Ormond

1930-1931

Elementary Department: G. L. Atkins, Elizabeth Goodwin, B. Harris, G. M. Kavanagh, I. V. Lowe, M. E. McArthur, E. Meech, M. Montgomery, L. M. Ormond, F. L. Ormond. Junior High Department: J. Johnson, K. S. Kinley, A. Judge, M. Peacock, J. M. Sanders, A. C. Todd

1931-1932

Elementary Department: C. Campbell, E. Goodwin, A. Hicks, N. E. McArthur, C. Ormand, F. Ormand. Junior High Department: H. S. Brown, R. G. Brown, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. S. Kinley, J. N. Miller, M. Peacock, J. M. Saunders, A. Strachan, C. Tod

1932-1933

Elementary School: C. Campbell, E. M. Goodwin, N. McArthur, F. L. Ormand. Intermediate School: H. S. Brown, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. S. Kinley, J. Miller, M. Peacock, J. M. Sanders, A. Strachan, M. Tait, G. Rod, R. T. F. Thompson, Mary Grant

1933-1934

Elementary Department: C. Campbell, E. Goodwin, N. McArthur, F. L. Ormond. Junior High Department: H. S. Brown, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. S. Kinley, M. Meech, J. Miller, T. McGillivray, M. Peacock, J. M. Sanders, A. Strachan, M. Tait, R. T. F. Thompson, G. Todd

1934-1935

Elementary Department: E. Goodwin, F. L. Ormond. Intermediate Department: H. S. Brown, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. S. Kinley, L. Lowe, E. M. Meech, J. Miller, L. A. McIntyre, M. Peacock, A. Ryckman, J. M. Sanders, A. Strachan, M. Tait, R. T. F. Thompson, C. Todd

1935-1936

Elementary Department: F. L. Ormond. Intermediate Department: A. G. Butcher, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. Kinley, I. Lowe, M. Meech, J. Miller, L. McIntyre, M. Peacock, A. Ryckman, J. Sanders, A. Strachan, M. Tait, R. Thompson, C. Tod

1936-1937

Elementary Department: F. Ormond. Intermediate Department: H. Bell, H. Brown, J. Johnson, A. Judge, K. Kinley, I. Lowe, M. Meech, J. Millar, M. Peacock, A. Ryckman, J. Sanders, A. Strachan, M. Thoms, R. T. F. Thompson, C. Tod

1937-1959

 

1959-1960

Frances L. Martin

1960-1961

Frances L. Martin

Photos & Maps

Robert H. Smith School

Robert H. Smith School (1919)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Site Location (lat/long): N49.86989, W97.18199
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: River Heights School (1350 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Winnipeg schools, No. 37—River Heights,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 November 1922, page 9.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 March 2018

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