Victoria School (Saskatoon)

Victoria School is the name given to three public schools in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, one of which was the first permanent school constructed in the city.

Victoria School
Little Stone Schoolhouse.jpg
Original Victoria School
General information
TypeOne room schoolhouse
LocationSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Coordinates52°7′46″N 106°38′27″W / 52.12944°N 106.64083°W / 52.12944; -106.64083Coordinates: 52°7′46″N 106°38′27″W / 52.12944°N 106.64083°W / 52.12944; -106.64083
Construction started1888
Completed1888
Design and construction
Main contractorAlexander Marr

First and Second Victoria SchoolsEdit

The original Victoria School is a designated historic building. The stone school house was built in 1888 by stonemason Alexander (Sandy) Marr as the first school house of the temperance colony that helped establish the city. Funding for the school was approved by the Saskatoon Board of Trustees in 1887, when the school board was authorized to borrow $1,200 for the purpose of building a one room school that could accommodate 40 pupils.[1]

Originally located at the "Five Corners" intersection at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street, in 1905, a two-room school was built beside it; it was also named Victoria School.[1]

Both remained in concurrent use until a larger replacement Victoria School was built in 1909. Afterwards, the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire undertook a project to relocate the original one-room schoolhouse to the University of Saskatchewan campus in 1911, in recognition of the coronation of George V (the two-room school was demolished).[2] Once relocated to the campus, the building was used for storage until 1965, when the Saskatoon Council of Women undertook a project of restoring the school and opening it up to public tours.[2][1]

École Victoria SchoolEdit

The present-day École Victoria School was constructed in 1909. Originally known as Victoria School, for many years it offered both an English language program and a French immersion program, leading to it adopting a bilingual name. In the 2020-2021 school year the last of the English-only classes were moved to other schools and it became solely a French immersion school. Walter William LaChance was the architect for the building. The school is owned and operated by the Saskatoon Public School Division.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Heritage Property Details" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  2. ^ a b "Victoria School House (Little Stone School House)". University of Saskatchewan Archives. Retrieved 2011-09-18.