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.
Currently its feeder schools are Caswell Community School, Henry Kelsey School, King George Community School, Mayfair Community School, Princess Alexandra Community School, and Westmount Community School.
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.
Redmen name and logo
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In the early 1960s, an "Indian Head" logo was adopted as the sports team logo for the school in addition to the original "Lantern" logo. In the mid-1990s, a campaign was started to change the "Redmen" name and the "Indian Head" logo claiming they are a "human rights violations." Some First Nations academics and alumni consider the use of "Redmen" to be outdated and offensive.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. The school has consulted[when?] with students, parents, community members, school staff, First Nations and Métis elders and leaders about the logo and team name on a number of occasions. Each time, the majority of the stakeholders wanted to retain the name and the 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. In early 2013, protesters attempted to demonstrate at the Bedford Road Invitational Tournament, but they were blocked by teachers and police from entering. A new logo was launched during the 2013 BRCI graduation. According to the school, the design changes are meant to represent various aspect of First Nation culture and heritage.
In March 2014, the Saskatoon public school board passed a motion to have the school drop the name "Redmen" and use a new name by the beginning of the new school year in September.
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, soccer, badminton, track & field, golf, 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.
- 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)
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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