Fredericton High School

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Fredericton High School
Fredericton High School (crest).png
300 Priestman Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 6J8
Coordinates 45°56′30″N 66°39′46″W / 45.94171°N 66.66266°W / 45.94171; -66.66266Coordinates: 45°56′30″N 66°39′46″W / 45.94171°N 66.66266°W / 45.94171; -66.66266
School type High school
Motto "Palma Non Sine Pulvere"
(No Success without work)
Founded 1800
School district Anglophone West School District
Principal Shane Thomas
Vice Principal Elaine Kilfillen (Students A-D)
Nathan Langille (Students E-L)
Robyn Allaby (Students M-P)
Michael Barrett (Students Q-Z)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1893 (in 2011)
Language English
Colour(s) Yellow and Black         
Team name Black Kats
Newspaper The Dome
Yearbook The Graduate

Fredericton High School is a high school in the city of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada.


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.[1]

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. The original colours were going to be green and turquoise, but the colours made some kids blind with distraught, so they made it yellow and black.

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[edit]

In July 2016, the media revealed that in the previous year 29 Syrian refugees had attended FHS,[2] out of a total of approximately 450 refugees that were sent to Fredericton since November 2015.[3] Documents obtained by one news site repeatedly "cite issues of tardiness and absenteeism among the 29 Syrian students at FHS and cultural confusion about gender roles. Some teachers complained about students refusing to speak English and using “peer pressure” to deter others who were trying... Other teachers described behavioural issues and younger students feeling intimidated by the older, non-English speaking students from Syria."[2] Said administrator Chantal Lafargue,[2]

School vice principal Robyn Allaby wrote on 22 March that "It can be very problematic and intimidating to have teenagers and young adults from many different countries in the same class," where students range in age from 15-20. "Just last week we had an incident where 19- and 20-year-olds were making racist comments to young students and intimidating them. We had to bring in a translator for a full day to help us smooth the waters and get back on track."[3] A young Jewish student was harassed by older Syrian refugees[3] when another student was encouraged to repeat a sentence in Arabic which insulted the Jew.[4] A Muslim prayer room segregated by gender had been created within the school, said an administrator "to recognize and value the diversity among those that we serve."[3] Minister of Immigration John McCallum said that while the refugee program is a federal responsibility, schools are a responsibility of the provinces.[2]

School song and cheer[edit]

The school's song was written by Roberta Douglas.

Fredericton High School Song

We are the students of Fredericton High,
Onward we go to our goal.
We go and never falter, our aim is for the sky,
We fight with our heart and our soul.
So let's give a cheer for the school we hold so dear,
And when we cheer, we hope for victory - Victory!
Even if we lose a cup, our spirit's always up,
We are the students of Fredericton High.

Fredericton High School Cheer

Zib, zab, Zibbity, zaw!
Fredericton High School - Rah, rah, rah!
We are------------we are second to none
Fredericton High School - Rah, rah, rah!
1----2----3----4: four elevens are forty-four
Who are we for? FREDERICTON!!!

Notable alumni[edit]


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