Bedford Road Collegiate
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|Bedford Road Collegiate|
Tradition, Commitment, Excellence
|722 Bedford Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7L 0G2, Canada
|School board||Saskatoon Public School Division|
|School type||High school|
|Colours||Red, White and Black|
Bedford Road Collegiate is a public high school on the west side of the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is Saskatoon's second oldest high school, opened on February 12, 1923. It is also known as BRCI (Bedford Road Collegiate Institute), or Bedford. Bedford Road Collegiate is part of the Saskatoon Public School Division.
The school is shaped in the form of 2 concentric squares on top of each other, with the lower floor containing the gymnasium, auditorium, offices, as well as the music department, shop classroom and general purpose classrooms. In the lower square's center, the library is located. The upper floor contains the science department, art department, computer labs and general purpose classrooms.
Bedford Road Collegiate's sports teams are known as the Redmen, and (although less commonly used today) "Lady Redmen" for female teams. Athletic programs include Football, Cheerleading, Wrestling, Basketball, and Cross Country. Bedford Road also hosts sports tournaments the Redmen Classic and Redmen Volley, along with BRIT.
The Bedford Road Invitational Tournament (BRIT) is a boys' basketball tournament held by the school every year since 1968, attracting national and international high school teams to Saskatoon. There is also a cheerleading and dance competition component to the tournament.
Redmen Name Controversy
The usage of the Bedford Road team name "Redmen" along with a Native American head logo has caused notable controversy. Some First Nations academics and alumni consider the use of "Redmen" to be outdated and offensive. In 1996, a student vote ended overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the name and logo.  However, in 2011, the campaign against the logo was revived via Facebook, gaining national media attention and causing the Saskatoon Public School Division to reconsider the logo.
- Ethel Catherwood, Olympic track and field gold medalist
- Michael Garnett, hockey player for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL
- Roy Romanow, Premier of Saskatchewan (1991-2001)
- Ian Robertson, Renowned IT expert at the University of Saskatchewan
Students at Bedford Road Collegiate traditionally sing the school song, which is adapted from the Notre Dame Victory March. "Red and white" refers to Bedford's school colours.
We'll stand and cheer for the old red and white
And we'll defend her with all our might
We're from Bedford and we're proud
To echo her praises long and loud
Though we may wander o'er land and sea (hey!)
Our old collegiate she'll always be
We'll fight, fight, fight, with all our might
For the spirit of Bedford Road
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