Vice Principal Fillion - 1964
Message to students
History of Dakota Collegiate
Dakota Collegiate opened its doors in 1963 to 200 students and 20 teachers. There were 72 students in the first graduating class in 1964. Dakota began as an experimental team-teaching school and offered only University Entrance-level courses. Today, Dakota continues to provide educational leadership in academics, computer technology, performing arts, sports and the inclusion of Special Needs students into the high school setting. Dakota now has more than 1,150 students, approximately 125 staff, and offers more than 120 courses. In 2012, it had a graduating class of 288 students.
When you attend Dakota Collegiate you become part of a community that values high levels of accomplishment in academics, arts, sciences, sports and languages. You become part of a school community that values co-operation, acceptance, understanding and respect for self and others, participation and involvement, and safety and security.
Dakota offers a rich variety of programs, courses and co-curricular activities. By attending this school, you have the opportunity to share your high school years with a diversity of students representing many languages and cultures. Each of our students brings unique strengths to our school community. By working together, sharing these strengths and accepting each others' differences, our students develop a positive
self-concept, a desire and will to succeed in our ever-changing society.
Academics continue to be the major focus at Dakota Collegiate. Students at Dakota Collegiate have developed an outstanding academic reputation throughout our 50 year history. Our school continues to produce a high number of students who go on to graduate from university and colleges. Several of our alumni have received Gold Medals in various faculties at both the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. Each year students from our graduating class receive entrance scholarships from either the University of Manitoba or University of Winnipeg.
In addition, no public school in Manitoba can match the athletic achievements of the Dakota Lancers. In its 50 year history, Dakota has won 58 provincial championships in various sports. These accomplishments have only been possible because of our students. As you can see, by becoming a member of Dakota Collegiate’s student body you are expected to make a full commitment to the school and to its rich variety of activities. By doing so, you will be able to take advantage of, and contribute to, Dakota’s pursuit of excellence and tradition of success.
Principal Downie - 1964
Message to students
Vice-Principal Fillion’s message to the class of 1964
Dakota Collegiate has now been in operation for one year. A great deal has been expected of you in this first year. We asked you to assume the responsibility of setting the general standards in academic excellence, student behaviour, and extracurricular activities. It has been pointed out to you that these standards would influence the program in the future years.
Looking back the first year’s activities, we note with pride that you have met this challenge with determination and enthusiasm. I am sure you are leaving Dakota with a feeling of accomplishment and with confidence in the future. No matter what your choice of occupation may be for the next year, we know that the knowledge and the sense of responsibility that you have gained will contribute to your success.
May I express the hope that you will bring into your new ventures the same enthusiasm that you have demonstrated here.
Principal Downie’s message to the class of 1964
At the first student assembly in our new building I pointed out that during this first year we were all confronted with a heavy responsibility to build a firm foundation for traditions which would be lasting and worthwhile. Now, at the end of the year, I am in the enviable position of being able to congratulate you on having established just a base.
In athletics you have already made apparent that in all conference activities, Dakota will be a major power in terms of BOTH skill and sportsmanship. In student government, your willingness to accept the responsibility that is the corollary to privilege has made our student activity and general conduct, the model for others. In the academics, you have risen to the challenge of “responsibility for learning” and have pioneered a new dimension in education which is continually evoking expressions of surprise and enthusiasm from parents, teachers AND students.
For our first graduating class, my sincere hope is that your efforts may have been as profitable for you as they have been for you as those of us who remain.
Enjoy breakfast with friends from the past. Take a walk down memory lane and view memorabilia from the past 50 years displayed in the halls.
Cheer on the 10 Dakota Alumni that will be inducted into Dakota Collegiate's
Sports Hall of Fame.
See Who is Attending!
Performances by the
Dakota Collegiate Pep Band!
The chaperons are preoccupied with the punch bowl, now's the time to make your move!
Late lunch & silent auction with proceeds going to the Dakota Collegiate 50th Anniversary Fund.
Jonathan Toews Community Centre
1188 Dakota St.
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Pancake Breakfast: May 3rd 2014 9am - 11am
Open House: May 3rd 2014 11am - 2pm
Breakfast tickets $10.00
Dakota 50th Anniversary Social: May 3rd 2014 8pm - 1am
Social tickets $20.00
Dakota 50th site developed by JEAHSUN