Fredericton High School
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|Fredericton High School|
300 Priestman Street|
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 6J8
|School type||High school|
Palma Non Sine Pulvere|
(No Success without work)
|School district||Anglophone West School District|
Elain Kilfillen (Students A-D)|
Nathan Langille (Students E-L)
Robyn Allaby (Students M-P)
Beth Wright (Students Q-Z)
|Enrollment||1469 (in 2011)|
|Colour(s)||Yellow and Black|
|Team name||Black Kats|
When the city of Fredericton was initially laid out in 1758, city planners set aside a plot of land in the downtown region that was intended to become a school. That school was incorporated in 1790 as the College of New Brunswick and was intended to be a boarding school, patterned after the boys' public schools in England. In 1829 when King's College opened in Fredericton, the school was renamed to the Collegiate Grammar School, and was supported by the College. In 1871, the Free School Act was enacted, and the school again changed its name, this time to the Collegiate High School. At this time it became a preparatory school for King's College, which by then had become the University of New Brunswick. From 1872 to 1889 the headmaster was the distinguished educator Sir George R. Parkin.
In 1893, a new building was erected on the corner of York and George streets and the name of the school was changed to Fredericton High School. The graduating class of that year chose yellow and black as the official school colours.
In 1925, the school moved to another new building which was constructed on the corner of Regent and George streets. Numerous annexes were added to the building to accommodate an ever-increasing number of students. Eventually a new complex needed to be built on Prospect Street on the south hill area of town, and by 1972 all school operations were moved there. This new complex contains 6 wings and includes a large outdoor sports complex, as well as a newly renovated gymnasium area. The building on Regent and George streets would become George Street Junior High School, later renamed George Street Middle School.
For a time, FHS had the distinction of having the largest student body of any high school in the Commonwealth of Nations. In 1999, a second high school, Leo Hayes High School, was constructed on the north side of the city, across the Saint John River, to further accommodate the number of students.
In September 2006, Fredericton High School hosted the 22nd Canadian Student Leadership Conference, a national gathering of student leaders and teachers from across Canada.
FHS copes with the Syrian exodus
In July 2016, Fredericton High School attracted media attention after The Rebel obtained internal documents discussing the transitional challenges of hosting new students fleeing the Syrian Civil War. Said administrator Chantal Lafargue,
|“||We are living in a province where there are no official EAL (English as an alternative language) courses for high school, no alternate programming for war-affected youth, no personnel that have designated roles, like translator-interpreters, for example to help us settle youth down, make them feel at ease and help them navigate a whole new set of cultural and social norms.||”|
- Measha Brueggergosman, opera singer.
- Justin Conn, Calgary Stampeders linebacker
- Matt DeCourcey, Member of the Parliament of Canada for Fredericton
- Paul Hodgson, Former MLB player (Toronto Blue Jays)
- Marianne Limpert, Olympic silver medalist swimmer.
- Dan McCullough, B.C. Lions long snapper
- David Myles, vocalist
- Kim Parlee, host of Business News Network's MoneyTalk
- Sir Charles G.D. Roberts, Poet
- William Harris Lloyd Roberts (1884–1966), writer, poet, playwright
- Francis Sherman, Poet
- Anna Silk, Actress
- Matt Stairs, Former Major League Baseball right fielder, Philadelphia Phillies, 2008 World Series Champion
- John Williamson, Former Member of the Parliament of Canada for New Brunswick Southwest
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