Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. George School (151 St. George Road, Winnipeg)

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St. George School, designed by the Winnipeg architectural firm of Smith Carter and Katelnikoff, was built between 1954 and 1955 to relieve overcrowding at Norberry School and Fernwood School in the St. Vital School Division. Completed around March 1955, the school did not open its doors for students until 25 May 1955 on account of muddy roads that prevented the delivery of furniture.

Within two years, the 14-classroom school was expanded with four more classrooms and a four-classroom-sized assembly room as part of a $240,000 expansion. In 1961, another six classrooms were added based on the work of local architect John Alexander Chivers, with renovations in 1966 on designs of Etienne J. Gaboury.

The school is operated by the Louis Riel School Division.

Principals

Period

Principal

1955-1957

John Lawrence Thistlethwaite (1916-2012)

1957-1958

David Alexander “Dave” Downie (1921-2014)

1958-1965

Robert Ross Smith (1913-2006)

1965-1967

Gordon “Gord” Newton

1967-1972

Alexander George Boyes (1934-2022)

1972-2005

?

2005

Greg Meade

2005-2014

?

2014-?

Barb Schwab

Teachers

No information.

Photos & Coordinates

St. George School

St. George School (early 1970s)
Source: Beau Hajavitch

St. George School

St. George School (April 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84843, W97.10445
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Smith Carter and Katelnikoff / Smith Carter Architects and Engineers / Architecture49

Memorable Manitobans: John Alexander Chivers (1909-2004)

Memorable Manitobans: Étienne-Joseph “Steve” Gaboury (1930-2022)

Sources:

“Notice of tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1954, page 42.

“School opens after muddy delay,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1955, page 3.

“Tender Notice,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1955, page 50.

“St. Vital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1955, page 4.

“Tenders for school building St. Vital School Division No. 6,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1961, page 36.

“‘Treasure’ isle casts no spell for couple,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1965, page 3.

“Families tell of phone calls,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1966, page 3.

“Notice of tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1966, page 16.

“Fellowship advisers named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1969, page 4.

“Boyes named superintendent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1972, page 19.

“St. George School turns 50 with week of activities,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 2005, page B6.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Beau Hajavitch and Michelle Meade for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 December 2022

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