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Isbister School, one of the first three-storey
school buildings in Winnipeg is the oldest public school
building in Winnipeg. Together with Somerset School (1901)
and Pinkham School (1902-03), these schools mark a period
of dramatic reformation of the public school system.
Mandatory attendance and new teacher training programs paralleled
the construction of larger school facilities in the city.
With ten classrooms and an auditorium, it was among the largest
facilities of its day. Finely finished with detailed woodwork,
metal ceilings, and stained glass and central ventilation
and heating the school embodied the new attitudes towards