Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Charles School No. 2071 (77 Dandurand Avenue, Winnipeg)
The St. Charles School District was established in March 1921 and, by the autumn, a one-storey, three-room stone and brick school building was constructed at a cost of $25,000 by contractor Patrick H. Hedges, on Lot 94 in St. Charles. A small room on a mezzanine between the two classrooms served as a library and “scolding room.” A small stable behind the building accommodated the horses ridden by students to school. Teachers Annie Cameron and Regina Champagne taught students in ten grades. In 1946, a third teacher was hired to teach a class housed in the basement.
In 1955, four more classrooms were constructed on the back of the building and, four years later, laboratories, a gymnasium, and more classroms were added, bringing the total classroom complement to twelve. In 1967, the school became part of the Assiniboine North School Division. As student enrollment declined through the 1970s, especially after construction Hedges Junior High School, the number of classrooms in active use decreased. Finally, in June 1983, with only 146 students, the school closed and the remaining students moved to Buchanan School. The building was demolished and its cornerstone (laid on 22 July 1921 by Deputy Education Minister Robert Fletcher) was also transferred to Buchanan.
Some of the teachers at St. Charles School included Annie Cameron (1921), Regina Champagne (1921), and Christopher S. O’Grady (1958-1963).
Photos & Coordinates
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
A Brief History of Buchanan Elementary School, St. James Assiniboia School Division.
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.
We thank the St. James - Assiniboia School Division and Brenda Beck for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 October 2021