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The Great Flood and Re-location of the Schools.
1950, the year known for the Great Flood, Winnipeg was swamped in water and SJCS and Ravenscourt School fared no better. The students had to immediatly be located especially due to the buildings being so close to the Red River. For a short period of time students from Ravenscourt School (then located in Thomson House), were re-located to the University of Saskatchewan to write their exams at the end of term.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.