"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself."

- John Dewey

​Gretna Elementary School

The first Gretna School opened in 1884 and was located on the north side of Klassen Street just west of 7th.   Although the school has been gone for over 100 years, its original bell still hangs in the Peace Tower on the corner of Montcalm and 9th Street.

A second Gretna School was built in 1893 on the corner of Berlin and 9th which served the community until it was replaced by a new "updated" brick structure in 1910.

Located on the south side of Montcalm (just east of the alley) the brick school served until the current school was opened on October 6th 1957.  The “old school” was (sadly) demolished in 1966.

Gretna Elementary School houses grades K – 8 and has undergone numerous improvements over the years.   170 students enjoy a gym second to none in the area, which allows the school to continue the community’s rich legacy of quality sports teams.   The school also has a flourishing music program which consists of music classes, choral opportunities, guitar in grade 6, and band in grades 7 and 8.   A committed staff works hard to create an experience that respects and nurtures the academic, social, and emotional growth of each student.


Gretna Elementary School continues the 128 year legacy of providing quality education that empowers and makes a difference in the lives of its students.

Mennonite Collegiate Institute

Established in 1889, MCI is an independent, residential, Christian high school located in Gretna, Manitoba, on the Canada-US border.  We offer a fully accredited Manitoba Senior high school program, open to students from every race and all religions coming from across the province and around the world.

Graduating students find they are academically well prepared for further college or university education. More importantly, they have learned to serve others and have been offered a faith perspective that can lead to a life well lived.  www.mciblues.net


MCI is also known for its outstanding music program. Guests are welcome to attend our spring and fall musical/drama productions, Christmas concerts in December, and Sangerfest, our annual music festival in June; all held in Buhler Hall.


Well beyond average, Buhler Hall is a 470-seat concert hall, specifically designed to make the most of music and the natural voice. It is an acoustically superior performance and recording venue, and after the inaugural concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), became available for recordings and performances.


Buhler Hall’s location in the inviting rural community of Gretna, is a bonus for musicians seeking a premiere, noise-free location for recording projects. Digital sound, professional grade lighting and 400 amp power supply are key components of the technical package; low-noise design principles eliminate echo and minimize vibration and distractions.  www.buhlerhall.com

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1965: School Bell becomes Peace Bell