Aden Bowman Collegiate

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Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute
1904 Clarence Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7J 1L3
School type High School
Religious affiliation(s) AVC
Founded 1958
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Superintendent Patricia Prowse
Area trustee Bronwyn Eyre
School number (306) 683-7600
Principal Cody Hanke
Vice principal David Fisher
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 624[1]
Language English
Area Saskatoon
Colour(s) Green and Gold ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
Team name Bears

Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute is located in the Queen Elizabeth subdivision, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, serving students from grades 9 through 12. It is also known as Aden Bowman, Bowman, or ABCI. The school was opened on September 2, 1958.

Currently its feeder schools are Buena Vista School, Hugh Cairns V. C. School, John Lake School, Queen Elizabeth School, and Victoria School.

Fine arts[edit]

Aden Bowman is home of the Robert Hinitt Castle Theatre. The theatre, designed by a former teacher, includes a fly tower, a thrust stage and seating for about 600 people. Renovations occurred in the late 1990s which improved but altered the look of the original design of the theatre. A new ceiling was installed over the house, the thrust stage was redesigned and its ability to move under the proscenium stage was removed, a loading gallery for the fly gallery was installed, seating which came from the Capitol Theatre was removed and replaced with new seating and the lobby was reconfigured. The theatre is rented to many outside groups. Robert Hinitt died on November 11, 2011, at Oliver Lodge, Saskatoon. Senior Drama Productions are held each fall. They are open to Grade 11 & 12 students Youth Theatre and Musicals happen every 2nd year alternating One Acts take place each spring and are directed by senior students

Hordern Hall, designed by the school's first band director, houses the music facility. The Hall includes a large rehearsal hall (none of the walls are at 90 degrees for acoustics) and has 4 smaller music practice rooms and 2 larger ensemble rooms. Hordern Hall also has easy access to Robert Hinitt Theatre.


Sport Grade Season
Junior and Senior Football 9-12 Aug-Nov
Frosh, Junior and Senior Volleyball 9-12 Sept-Nov
Freshmen, Junior and Senior Basketball 9-12 Nov-March
Junior and Senior Badminton 10-12 March–May
Senior Soccer 9-12 Aug-Nov
Cross Country Running 9-12 Aug-Oct
Wrestling 9-12 Dec-March
Track 9-12 March–May
Girl's and Boy's Curling 9-12 Oct-Mar

Aden Bowman's Sr. Football team competes in the Saskatoon League, in the 4a division which is the highest level of collegiate football in

Saskatchewan. The team has played 52 seasons since forming in 1958, and has won eight city championships (1963, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1976, 2007, 2008 and

2009) and three provincial 4a titles (1970, 2007, 2009). Since the rebirth of its program in the 2004 season, Aden Bowman football has led Saskatoon

with 27 alumni completing at least one season on the roster of either a Canadian Junior Football League or CIS Football roster (up to and

including the 2011 season). In this time Aden Bowman has amassed the leagues best winning percentage in both regular season (.85), playoff contests

(.80) and have played in six of the last seven city league championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Bears' traditional rivals are

fellow Taylor street schools Holy Cross High School (Saskatoon) and Walter Murray Collegiate.


The name for the school comes from a local business man, Aden Bowman, who came to Saskatoon in 1907 at the age of nineteen with no more than a grade

nine education(ironic). With little knowledge about the field at all, Bowman purchased a small bicycle repair business on 20th street. The business

was very successful and over the next few years it expanded to more than just bicycle repairs but now automobile and motorcycle repairs. Throughout

Bowman' success he realized the importance of a strong education in which he shared to his children and grandchildren. Bowman also wanted to help the

community with his self made success, so he served as the alderman for twelve years and was the chairman of the collegiate board for fourteen years.

This became the first collegiate to be named after a person, rather than a program or location of the school. The school opened in 1958 on September



Weekend education[edit]

The Saskatoon Japanese Language School (サスカトーン補習授業校 Sasukatōn Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese educational program, holds its classes at Aden Bowman Collegiate.[3]

Noted alumni[edit]

  • Joni Mitchell, Singer/Artist
  • Don Sparrow, Illustrator
  • Wide Mouth Mason, Rock Band
  • Brendan Taman, football executive
  • Keith Magnuson, hockey player
  • Gayleen Froese, author
  • Krista Phillips, basketball player
  • Barry Muir, musician (Payolas; Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts; The Blue Shadows
  • Keenan MacDougall, professional football player; Calgary Stampeders
  • Larry Aupperle, Pixar animation Toy Story I & II
  • Bede Hanley, Musician with the Winnipeg Symphony
  • Allen Harrington, He won the Grand Award of the National Music Festival of Canada in 1999, making him only the second saxophonist ever to accomplish that feat. He finished in fourth place from a field of 144 of the finest saxophonists in the world under the age of 31, at this largest and most prestigious saxophone competition in the world.
  • Kevin Mambo, Broadway and screen actor - Two-time Emmy Winner
  • Aiden Currie: Drummer, Vocalist, Songwriter for Apollo Cruz and Jim Balfour Reggae Band
  • Liam Iverson: Computer Programmer, Ranter, Writer, Political Analyst, Wikipedia Editor


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°06′23″N 106°38′50″W / 52.106522°N 106.647234°W / 52.106522; -106.647234