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St. Joseph’s (Dunbow)

 -  1884 -1922

Religious Entity: Catholic

The Dunbow school in High River, in what is now Alberta, was one of the first three industrial schools established by a partnership between the Canadian government and Canadian churches. Dunbow (also known as St. Joseph’s) was a Roman Catholic school and its first principal was Father Albert Lacombe. Built on the High River, southeast of Calgary in 1884, the school had trouble recruiting and retaining students from the outset. In 1918 the principal and three students died of influenza. In 1922 the school, which had only 26 students at that point, was closed.

St. Josephs Dunbow school building
St. Josephs Dunbow school building
St. Josephs Dunbow school building


Remembering the Following Students:

NameDate of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Adam Stieman1947-01-01 – 1947-03-31
Agnes KeevinNot known
Eusebe Crow FlagNot known
John Sophie1901-01-01
Kate Mcgibbonca. 1892
Leo Pipe1898-01-25
Lucy SinclairNot known
Maxine Kingca. 1898-01-25
Sam Simon OskisinNot known
Samuel Stimsonca. 1892
V.F. Davin1896-01-01 – 1896-01-31
Victoria Hunt1892-11-01