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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dakota Collegiate (661 Dakota Street, Winnipeg)

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Designed by the Winnipeg-based architectural firm of Pratt Lindgren and Associates, construction of this St. Vital School Division facility began in the fall of 1962. Opened in September 1963, an official opening ceremony, attended by Education Minister George Johnson, occurred on 11 March 1964. Originally called the Dakota Collegiate Institute, it is now known merely as Dakota Collegiate.





David Alexander “Dave” Downie (1921-2014)


Walter Nowosad (1918-2003)


George Jersak (1936-2015)


Wayne Ruff




Jill Mathez





Robert Bend


Among the teachers of Dakota Collegiate was Harold David Christie.

Photos & Coordinates

Architectural drawing of Dakota Collegiate by Pratt Lindgren

Architectural drawing of Dakota Collegiate by Pratt Lindgren (November 1962)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune, 10 November 1962, page 42.

Dakota Collegiate

Dakota Collegiate (October 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.83522, W97.10965
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Plans and specifications for the new Dakota Collegiate Institute ...,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 November 1962, page 42.

“Teen tidings,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1963, page 30.

“New teaching ways to be tried out on returning students,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1963, page 3.

“Collegiate opening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1964, page 28.

“St. Vital School Div. No. 6,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1981, page 44.

“A return to old values,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly South Edition, 29 May 1988, page 1 & 4.

“St. Vital parents find allies on board in flap over principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1995, page A3.

“School division shuffles the deck,” Brandon Sun, 11 June 1997, page 2.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 December 2021

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