Fredericton High School
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|Fredericton High School|
|300 Priestman Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 6J8
|School type||High school|
|Motto||"Palma Non Sine Pulvere"
(No Success without work)
|School district||Anglophone West School District|
|Vice Principal||Elaine Kilfillen (Students A-D)
Nathan Langille (Students E-L)
Robyn Allaby (Students M-P)
Michael Barrett (Students Q-Z)
|Enrollment||1893 (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. 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
In July 2016, the media revealed that in the previous year 29 Syrian refugees had attended FHS, out of a total of approximately 450 refugees that were sent to Fredericton since November 2015. 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." 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.||”|
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." A young Jewish student was harassed by older Syrian refugees when another student was encouraged to repeat a sentence in Arabic which insulted the Jew. 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." Minister of Immigration John McCallum said that while the refugee program is a federal responsibility, schools are a responsibility of the provinces.
School song and cheer
The school's song was written by Roberta Douglas.
We are the students of Fredericton High,
- 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
- globalnews.ca: "Sudden influx of Syrian refugees overwhelmed N.B. high school: documents", 8 Jul 2016
- 24hrs.ca: "Syrian students harassing women, students in Fredericton high school", 1 Jul 2016
- macleans.ca: "Influx of Syrian refugees overwhelmed N.B. school", 8 Jul 2016