Lorne Akins Junior High

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Lorne Akins Junior High is a school in St. Albert, Alberta that teaches students in grades seven through nine. The school is named for the farmer that owned the property on which the school is currently built, first opening in 1963 as Paul Kane High School. However, in 1973 Paul Kane moved to another building, and the Lorne Akins building opened in April 1973 as a junior high, replacing the previous junior high Sir Alexander Mackenzie, which turned into an elementary school.[1] The current principal of the school is Graham Jackson, and Dan Wiles is the vice principal.[2] who took over from principal Roger Scott.[3] Notable alumni from the school include NHL star Jarome Iginla[4]. The school is well known for its wrestling team the Crush, which produced nine different national champions under the 34 year coaching tenure of teacher Barrie Schulha, who retired in 2012. His wrestling program was the longest running continuous sports program at a junior high in St. Albert.[5]

The school made national news when in 2009 Lt.-Col. Gary Blenkinsop, Canada's top soldier, reacted to American media slights against the Canadian presence in Afghanistan as a part of a Lorne Akins event supporting former Lorne Akins student Cpl. Scott Alm upon his return from the war.[6][7]


  1. ^ "About Lorne Akins". Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Lauren Den Hartog (October 23, 2010). "Students ganging up in cyberspace". St. Albert Gazette. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "St. Albert teen charged in explosion near school". Edmonton Journal. January 27, 2003. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Jeff Hansen (January 18, 2012). "Iginla joins 500-goal club". St. Albert Gazette. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Jeff Hansen (June 23, 2012). "Crush founder retires from coaching". St. Albert Gazette. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  6. ^ RICHARD LIEBRECHT (March 24, 2009). "Top soldier says insult 'immature'". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  7. ^ RICHARD LIEBRECHT (March 24, 2009). "St. Albert salutes soldiers". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved October 24, 2012.

Coordinates: 53°38′03″N 113°36′28″W / 53.6342°N 113.6077°W / 53.6342; -113.6077