McNally School was officially opened on April 1, 1947 in a ceremony honouring Dr. G. Fred McNally, the chancellor of the University of Alberta, after whom the school was named. The new school served the districts of White, Wilson, McLean, McMahon and River Junction.
McNally Community Association would like to acknowledge the members of the community, residents of Lethbridge, friends of members of the community, organizations and businesses that donated to the Bertha, the Boiler Project, which allowed us to modernize the heating/cooling system of the community center and was essential in keeping the center going. Using funds donated to the association for the purpose of recognizing the history of the school, we have chosen to develop a donation board that will serve the dual purpose of recognizing those who assisted the association financially and a history of the school districts.
The recognition/history board will have five panels, representing the five original schools that merged to form McNally School; and McNally School itself. Each school will be represented by a drawing of the actual school or the closest representation of the one/two room school of the time along with a brief history. Beneath each school picture will be listed the names of our donors. McNally School will be the center panel.
The panels are not a hierarchy nor will they represent donation amounts.
If this year had been 1927, which of the five school districts (which later amalgamated to become McNally School) would have been your community’s school? Did you or a member of your family go to one of the five one-roomed schoolhouses? Do you live close to one of the original five schools? The design committee would like you to let us know under what school would you like to see your name listed and how you would like it listed.
If you have not already donated to the Bertha, the Boiler replacement fund, we are still accepting donations. Please go to the How to Donate Page.
Lethbridge Herald April 1, 1947
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