Fredericton High School

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Fredericton High School
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300 Priestman Street

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Coordinates45°56′29″N 66°39′46″W / 45.9415261°N 66.6628106°W / 45.9415261; -66.6628106Coordinates: 45°56′29″N 66°39′46″W / 45.9415261°N 66.6628106°W / 45.9415261; -66.6628106
School typeHigh school
MottoPalma Non Sine Pulvere
(Success not without work)
School districtAnglophone West School District
PrincipalShane Thomas[1]
Vice PrincipalElain Kilfillen (Students A-D)
Nathan Langille (Students E-L)
Robyn Allaby (Students M-P)
Beth Wright (Students Q-Z)
Enrollment1469 (in 2011)
Colour(s)Yellow and Black         
Team nameBlack Kats
YearbookThe 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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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, 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.[3] Said administrator Chantal Lafargue,[3]

Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum has said that while the refugee program is a federal responsibility, schools are a responsibility of the provinces.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Pages - Staff".
  2. ^ "Biography – PARKIN, Sir GEORGE ROBERT – Volume XV (1921-1930) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography".
  3. ^ a b c "Sudden influx of Syrian refugees overwhelmed N.B. high school: documents"
  4. ^ "Paul Hodgson Stats |". Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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