Harry Ainlay High School

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Harry Ainlay High School
Harry Ainlay Composite High School Logo.svg
4350 111 Street

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Coordinates53°28′47″N 113°31′06″W / 53.4797°N 113.5183°W / 53.4797; -113.5183Coordinates: 53°28′47″N 113°31′06″W / 53.4797°N 113.5183°W / 53.4797; -113.5183
School typePublic
MottoIn Omnibus Excelsior
In all things Excellence
School boardEdmonton Public Schools
SuperintendentDarrel Robertson
Area trusteeMichael Janz
PrincipalCamille Loken
Grades10 – 12
Enrollment2846 (2020 – 2021)[2]
 • Grade 10955
 • Grade 11957
 • Grade 12977
Campus size25,272 m2[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Royal blue, black and white    
Athletics conferenceBright Conference
Team nameTitans
BudgetDecrease CA$17,481,199 (2020–2021)[1]
Communities servedAllard, Aspen Gardens, Bearspaw, Blackburne, Blackmud Creek, Blue Quill, Blue Quill Estates, Callaghan, Chappelle, Duggan, Empire Park, Ermineskin, Greenfield, Malmo Plains, MacEwan, Richford, Rideau Park, Royal Gardens, Rutherford, Skyrattler, Steinhauer, Sweet Grass, Twin Brooks, Westbrook Estates

Harry Ainlay High School is a high school located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in the Royal Gardens neighbourhood, south of Whitemud Drive on 111 Street. The school is operated by the Edmonton Public School System and has a wide variety of educational opportunities for students, including full French Immersion instruction, the International Baccalaureate Program (designated an IB school since June 1, 1980, current IB coordinator: Dean Zuberbühler),[3] Career and Technology Studies, and Registered Apprenticeship programs. The school has an enrollment of 2,889 students, making it the largest high school by student population in Alberta as of September 2019.[4][5] Since opening in 1966, over 40K students have graduated from Harry Ainlay.

The school sports teams are the Titans.[6] The school is named after former Edmonton mayor Harry Dean Ainlay.[7]


The engineers at Harry Ainlay High School were T. H. Newton Engineering Ltd.[8], and the architect was Donald Bittorf[9] of the firm of Annett and Bittorf.[8] The building was constructed in 1965.[10] A notable element of the design of the school is the unusual lack of windows. This design feature has led to a local myth that the school was a repurposed bomb shelter.[11][12][13][14] "The school has several classrooms, science labs, a library, computer rooms, music room, industrial shops, two gymnasiums, an auditorium, a cafeteria, and several administrative areas."[15]

Canadian Student Leadership Conference[edit]

From September 25–28, 2018, the school hosted the Canadian Student Leadership Conference 2018.[16][17] Speakers such as Chris Hadfield, Michel Chikwanine (a child soldier), Keith Hawkins, and Phil Boyte attended.[18]


French Immersion[edit]

Harry Ainlay is one of three high schools in the Edmonton Public School System that offers full French Immersion for all core courses.[19][20]

International Baccalaureate Program[edit]

Harry Ainlay was the second school in Alberta to introduce the International Baccalaureate program and is one of eight schools in the Edmonton Public School System offering an International Baccalaureate diploma program.[21] Having a diploma graduating class normally greater than fifty students, Ainlay has one of the largest IB classes in Alberta.[citation needed] However, this is often attributed to the large population base of the school, with about 450 students enrolled in the diploma program and 200 students enrolled in the certificate program each year.[22]

Harry Ainlay currently offers IB courses in Biology (HL), English Literature (A1)(HL), History (HL), Physics (SL, HL), Visual Arts (SL, HL), Chemistry (SL), French (B), Spanish (B), German (A1 or ab initio), Japanese (B or ab initio), Mathematics (SL), Mathematical Studies (SL), Music (SL), and Theatre Arts (SL). There have been several students who write A1 examinations in their native languages, including German, Arabic, and Japanese.[23]

In the media[edit]

On July 6, 2016, at approximately 2 AM, two people were hospitalized for a shooting that occurred near Harry Ainlay and Confederation Leisure Centre.[24] The school was locked down on October 5, 2016, after an online threat on a student's Instagram page titled "clown.yeg".[25][26][27][28][29][30] On September 13, 2017, a 15-year-old student was charged with bringing an airsoft pistol to school after an anonymous tip. The student was confronted at approximately 9:20 AM.[31]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ "School and authority enrollment data, 2019-2020". Alberta Education. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  5. ^ Harry Ainlay School Council AGM PDF (Tuesday, September 17, 2019)
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  12. ^ "R/Edmonton - Comment by u/Etssuckshard on "Cold War bunker in Edmonton"". 12 November 2017.
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  16. ^ "CSLC-CCLE 2018 | Leadership Through the Looking Glass● Leadership de l'autre côté du miroir". 2018-10-02. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02. Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB) is very excited to host the 34th Annual Canadian Student Leadership Conference at Harry Ainlay School in partnership with...
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  21. ^ Program Choices – International Baccalaureate – Diploma Programme
  22. ^ "Individual School Profiles". Edmonton Public Schools. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
  23. ^ Harry Ainlay High School
  24. ^ "Shooting near Harry Ainlay High School sends man to hospital". CBC News. 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  25. ^ "Alleged 'clowning' threat places northeast Edmonton school on alert". Global News. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  26. ^ "Clown costumes banned at Fort McMurray public schools this Halloween". Global News. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02. Also earlier this month, two teens were charged with uttering threats for online posts involving Harry Ainlay, McNally and J. Percy Page high schools.
  27. ^ "Suspect arrested after lockdown at Harry Ainlay High School, 'creepy clown' causes social media scare". Edmonton Journal. 2016-10-05. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  28. ^ "Harry Ainlay High School locked down after alleged online threat against staff member". Toronto Sun. 2016-10-05. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  29. ^ "Man arrested in Sherwood Park in connection with threat against MacEwan University". Edmonton Journal. 2016-10-25. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02. Earlier this month, two teens were charged with uttering threats — using the social media application Instagram — against staff and students at three Edmonton high schools.
    The first threat "inciting violence against staff and students" at Harry Ainlay High School was made on a "creepy clown" Instagram account.
  30. ^ "Edmonton clown defends his craft as 'bizarre' clown craze comes to Alberta | CBC News". CBC. 2016-10-26. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  31. ^ Wakefield, Jonny (2017-09-13). "Lockdown at Harry Ainlay School after airsoft pistol, baton found in student's bag | Edmonton Sun". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  32. ^ "Friends Salute Skinny Puppy's Dwayne Goettel". Edmonton Journal: D11. August 25, 1995.
  33. ^ "Festival Place – Show Details (Samantha King Trio; Dino Dominelli)". Festival Place. 2011-09-12. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  34. ^ "Kreesha Turner". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-10-17. When I went back to Canada I continued Grade 11 & 12 at Harry Ainlay High School

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