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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Griffiths School No. 1736 (RM of Alonsa)

The Griffiths School District (referred to by some sources as Griffith) was organized formally in March 1914. A wood-frame, one-room schoolhouse was erected at this site in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa. It became part of the Glenella municipal school system in 1936. After the school closed in 1960, due to lack of enrollment, the building was sold to a local farmer. A monument at the site was erected in 1998 to commemorate the pioneers, teachers, and students of Griffiths School.

Among the teachers who worked at Griffiths School were H. R. McConnell, J. R. Johnson (1920), M. D. Grant, Anna D. Carson (1927-1928), E. Grey (1928), F. M. Westwood (1928), Mrs. McDonald, Mr. Warkton, Mr. Harnilton, Miss Mary Homen (1941-1950), Mrs. Dorothy Sellman (1950s), Mrs. Napier, Ray Zaffery, and Mr. Zapshale (1957-1959).

Griffiths School

Griffiths School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 25.

Griffiths School with teacherage at left

Griffiths School with teacherage at left (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 25.

Griffiths School commemorative monument

Griffiths School commemorative monument (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.74252, W99.02086
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Rainbow's End: Kinosota - Alonsa District, Alonsa Book Committee, 1985, Manitoba Legislative Library F5648.A46.

Tracks of Time: Glenella and Districts by Glenella History Committee, 1990, pages 128-129. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.G65 Tra]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2023

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