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Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sir Sam Steele School (15 Chester Street, Winnipeg)

Link to:
Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

Designed in the “bungalow style” by local architect J. N. Semmens, and constructed in 1921, the one-storey, six-classroom Sir Sam Steele School in the Elmwood area of Winnipeg was one of two buildings erected that year in commemoration of policeman and soldier Samuel Benfield Steele, the other being General Steele School in Fort Garry. A gymnasium was added to the north end in 1957, along with an additional classroom wing on the south end. Facing declining enrollment through the 1970s, the school finally closed in June 1981.

Later that year, the Winnipeg School Division leased the building to the University of Manitoba which used it until 2005 as a educational facility for special programs in education and social work. When Andrew Mynarski Junior High School was flooded in 2007, Sam Steele was used as temporary classrooms for some its students. The site was purchased by Habitat For Humanity in 2007, which built low-income housing on the playground area east of the school building. It sold the building to a private investor in 2009 but it remained vacant as of mid-2011.

Formally a municipally-designated historic site, it was delisted in September 2011. The school’s building materials were salvaged in the spring of 2012 and the remainder was demolished by the fall of that year. The site is now occupied by private residences.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1935

Alice S. Price (1889-1976)

1935-1937

Lillian Ford Moffett Laing (1893-1985)

1937-1939

Maude Jarrett Peacock (1886-1973)

1939-1940

Christine Forrester Allen (1890-1972)

1940-1946

Gladys Mildred Robertson (1896-1971)

1946-1947

Elizabeth H. Donaldson “Bessie” Maguet (1912-1997)

1947-1948

Elva Jane Robertson (1901-1959)

1948-1953

Dorothy May Allward (1904-1968)

1953-1954

Agnes MacDonald (1908-1999)

1954-1959

Catherine “Caye” Scott (1907-2003)

1959-1964

Madge Olwyn Stevens (c1918-2008)

1964-1967

John Douglas “Doug” MacFarlane (1920-2004)

1967-1969

Phyllis I. Moore

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

Thomas “Tom” Springman (1932-2008)

1971-1973

Clifford R. Wilde

1973-1979

W. Gary Lally

1979-1980

Janet M. Schubert

1980-1981

Fred Smith

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1921-1922

?

1922-1923

B. Calman, L. Rodgers

1923-1924

B. Calman, L. Rodgers

1924-1925

B. Calman, L. Rodgers

1925-1926

B. Calman

1926-1927

H. Dougall, N. Goldstraw

1927-1928

E. Cross, H. Dougall, N. Goldstraw, E. A. Wilson

1928-1929

E. Cross, H. Dougall, E. A. Wilson

1929-1930

H. Dougall, E. A. Wilson

1930-1931

H. Dougall, A. Gardiner, E. A. Wilson

1931-1932

H. Dougall, A. Gardiner

1932-1933

L. Sullivan, R. Wilson

1933-1934

A. Metzak, R. Wilson

1934-1935

R. Wilson, A. Metzak

1935-1936

M. Irvine, A. Metzak, S. Silver

1936-1937

M. E. Irvine, A. Metzak, S. Silver

1937-1938

M. C. Irvine, S. Silver

1938-1939

Katherine de Jong, E. Peterson, S. Silver

1939-1940

E. Peterson

1940-1941

E. Peterson

1941-1942

E. Peterson, A. Phillips

1942-1943

E. Peterson, A. Phillips

1943-1944

?

1944-1945

I. Dawson, E. Prowse

1945-1946

I. Dawson, O. Lestition

1946-1947

R. Barber, O. Ewashkiw

1947-1948

E. Andrews, O. Ewashkiw, O. Lestition, E. Pettypiece, R. O’Connor, G. Werier

1948-1949

Mrs. E. Andrews, Mrs. R. Bohemier, Miss O. Ewashkiw, Miss C. Lang

1949-1950

Mrs. E. Andrews, Mrs. R. Bohemier, Miss O. Ewashkiw, Ruth Peterson, Miss F. Yeomans

1950-1951

Mrs. E. Andrews, Mrs. R. Bohemier, Miss O. Ewashkiw, Ruth Peterson, Miss F. Yeomans

1951-1952

Mrs. E. Andrews, Miss O. Ewashkiw, Miss G.M. Georgison, Miss E. Kuchta, Ruth Peterson

1952-1953

Miss G.M. Georgison, Mrs. O. Hawryluk, Miss E. Kuchta, D.M. Muir, Ruth Peterson, Miss O. Stachiw

1953-1954

Miss G. M. Georgison, Miss C. I. Hodge, Miss T. I. Lambert, Mrs. B. L. Morrison

1954-1955

Miss G. M. Georgison, Miss C. I. Hodge, Miss T. I. Lambert, Mrs. B. L. Morrison

1955-1956

Miss C. Hodge, Mrs. E. Krol, Miss T. Lambert, Mrs. L. B. Morrison, Mrs. G. Winick

1956-1957

Miss C. Hodge, Mrs. E. Krol, Miss T. Lambert, Miss S. Steel, Mrs. G. Winick

1957-1958

Miss E. Chonstkewich, Mrs. J. Hindson, Miss C. Hodge, Mrs. G. Olfert, Miss S. Steel, Mrs. G. Winick, Miss T. Lambert

1958-1959

Miss E. Chonstkewich, Mrs. J. Hindson, Miss C. Hodge, Mrs. G. Olfert, Miss T. Lambert, Mrs. C. M. M. Smith, Miss S. Steel, Mrs. G. Winick

1959-1960

Miss E. Chonstkewich, Miss C. Hodge, P. Kruszelnicki, Miss T. Lambert, Mrs. M. A. Starodob, Mrs. C. Smith, Miss S. Steel, Miss J. L. Thornson

1960-1961

Mrs. E. Bukoski, P. Kruszelnicki, Mrs. M. Persch, Mrs. C. Smith, Mrs. M. Starodub, Miss S. Steel, Mrs. S. Thiessen, Mrs. C. Warren

1961-1962

Mrs. J. Chubaty, P. Kruszelnicki, Miss A. Martens, Miss H. Ollynyv?, Mrs. M. Poersch, Mrs. C. Smith, Mrs. M. Stardub, Miss S. Steele, Mrs. C. Warren

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

?

1964-1965

D. Brethauer, Miss R. Holland, Miss A. Martens, Mrs. M. Neal, Miss L. Neill, Miss K. Schellenberg, Mrs. E. Schellenberg, Miss S. Steel, Mrs. L. Tegelberg, Miss P. Whiting

1965-1966

D. Brethauer, Mrs. R. Cameron, Mrs. L. Craven, Miss R. Holland, Miss B. Law, Miss A. Martens, Miss K. Schellenberg, Mrs. A. Smythe, Mrs. L. Tegelberg, Miss E. G. Waluk

1966-1967

Mrs. L. Craven, Miss R. Holland, S. Isfeld?, Mrs. R. Kahana, Miss B. Law, Miss A. Martens, Mrs. A. Smythe, Mrs. L. Tegelberg, Miss E. Waluk

1967-1968

Mrs. M. Baxter, Miss H. Compton, Mrs. L. Craven, Mrs. B. Giesbrecht, Mrs. H. Kleiman, Miss B. Law, P. Pukie, Mrs. M. Monkman, Mrs. M. O’Neil, Mrs. M. Rogers, Mrs. F. Simpson, Mrs. A. Smythe

1968-1981

?

Photos & Maps

Sir Sam Steele School

Sir Sam Steele School (1921)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Sir Sam Steele School

Sir Sam Steele School (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

John Dafoe School

The former Sir Sam Steel School building being salvaged (April 2012)
Source: Google

John Dafoe School

The former Sir Sam Steele School building being demolished (August 2012)
Source: Google

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90222, W97.08798
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: General Steele School (757 Lyon Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

“Winnipeg schools, No. 45—Sir Sam Steele,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 December 1922, page 4.

“31 teachers get posts on staff,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 June 1938, page 4.

“A man ‘starred with greatness’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1957, page 3.

“School posts filled,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1973, page 74.

“George V parents battle transfer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1978, page 156.

“School chiefs named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1979, page 18.

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

Sir Sam Steele School (15 Chester Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1996.

Flooding closes Winnipeg junior high school,”CBC News, 2 February 2007.

Old Sam Steele School a mess,” Winnipeg Sun, 17 April 2010.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Fred Smith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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