Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mount Hope School No. 1302 (RM of Prairie Lakes)

The Mount Hope School District was established formally in July 1904 but a school was not operated until 1913 when a building was erected in the southwest corner of 20-4-15 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Strathcona. The school closed in 1959 and its remaining students went to Belmont Consolidated School No. 441. The district was dissolved in January 1960. The former school building stood vacant at the site for a time but only a commemorative monument remains there now.

The teachers of Mount Hope School were Kathleen Kinley, “Birdie” Wood, Jean Sutherland, Mary Taylor, Annie Lawson, Violet E. Blaker, Irene Cummings, Marjorie Dunn, Mary Jane MacKenzie, Helen Brigham, Iris Garnet, Esther Aikens, Harriett Scarlett, Mabel E. Waddell, Una C. Cobb, Dorothy Lampard, Mayme White, Verna Woods, Dorothy Wilson, Ella Eliasson, Evelyn Crerar, Myrtle Harvey, Margaret Alcock, Jean McMillan, Agnes MacDonald, Beryl Matchett, Pearl E. Williamson, Mae McVicar, Margaret Heapy, June Money, Donna Bruce, Mildred Cardno, Patricia Chambers, Shirley Dubyts, and Dona Swanton.

The former Mount Hope School building

The former Mount Hope School building (no date)
Source: A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, 1994.

The former Mount Hope School building

The former Mount Hope School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1332.

Mount Hope School commemorative sign

Mount Hope School commemorative sign (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.31830, W99.47249
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.

The Path of the Pioneers: Belmont and District, 1889-1989 by Belmont History Committee, 1989. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.B44 Pat]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 May 2021

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. The information is offered for historical interest only.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Inclusion in this collection does not confer special status or protection. Official heritage designation may only come from municipal, provincial, or federal governments. Some sites are on private property and permission to visit must be secured from the owner.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at webmaster@mhs.mb.ca.

Search Tips | Suggest an Historic Site | FAQ

Help us keep history alive!