Historic Sites of Manitoba: Murdoch Mackay Collegiate (260 Redonda Street, Winnipeg)

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This high school on Redonda Street, in the Transcona area of Winnipeg, was designed by the local architectural firm of Waisman Ross and Associates and built in 1963 by the F. W. Sawatzky Construction Company. A cornerstone was laid on 19 October 1963 at a ceremony attended by Lieutenant Governor Errick French Willis and Ruby May Mackay (1891-1980), widow of physician Murdoch Mackay for whom the school was named. Originally part of the Transcona-Springfield School Division, there is a commemorative plaque near the main south entrance doors of the building.





George Peter Derenchuk (1930-2020)


Frank Fiorentino


Joseph R. “Joe” Minarik (1930-1995)


Gary Finley




Ken Renaud (Acting)




Errol Harris


Jim Beveridge


Among the teachers of Murdoch Mackay Collegiate was Joseph Myrs “Joe” Ptashynski (?-1999).

Photos & Coordinates

Murdoch Mackay Collegiate

Murdoch Mackay Collegiate (October 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Murdoch Mackay commemorative plaque at the school

Murdoch Mackay commemorative plaque at the school (October 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89840, W96.97917
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Waisman Ross and Associates / Blankstein Coop Gillmor and Hanna / Number TEN Architectural Group

Manitoba Business: F. W. Sawatzky Construction Company / FWS Group

Memorable Manitobans: Murdoch Mackay (1884-1962)


“Business world,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 March 1963, page 29.

“Cornerstone laid for school,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 October 1963, page 17.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

From Slate to Computer in the Transcona-Springfield Area 1873-1983 by Nan Shipley, 1983, page 350.

“Opinions differ on video arcades,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1987, page 53.

“Famous Broadway bears to find permanent homes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 2006, page 15.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 May 2024

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