National Sport School (Canada)
|National Sport School|
88 Canada Olympic Drive SW
|School type||Public (Canada)|
|Founded||1994 (2011- new location)|
|School board||Calgary Board of Education|
|Area trustee||Lisa Davis (Wards 6/7)|
|Enrollment||199 (September 2018)|
The National Sport School (NSS) is a public high school (secondary school) in Calgary, Alberta; which teaches grades 9 through 12. In partnership with Winsport Canada, the Calgary Board of Education created the school to support student athletes with Olympic potential. Canadian Olympic calibre athletes (current and potential) are able to train and travel internationally, while staying in school. It was founded in 1994 as the first national sport school in the country.
In 2003, NSS moved from its prior location at William Aberhart High School, into the northwest corner of the building housing Ernest Manning High School. However, it remains a distinct school, with its own principal, and students in the school do not follow the regular semester/scheduling system of other students (in or out of Ernest Manning).
In September 2011, the NSS moved from Ernest Manning to Canada Olympic Park in the Athletic & Ice Complex due to the old Ernest Manning location closing for LRT construction. The National Sport School is now located right in with training centers and ice rinks.
An athlete's schedule is handled, by allowing students to enter or exit the program throughout the year, without losing credit for work already done (which would occur in a normal 2x5-month semester program). There is a low student-teacher ratio, for added attention. Also, on average, students have access to three computers each, including laptops. Students can remotely stay in contact with their teachers, even when away on competitions.
Calgary's Olympic legacy
The school is physically located to be sufficiently close to major sports facilities within Calgary, many of which were built for the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary. CODA was the organization that ran those Olympics, and their support for the school, is intended to be part of the legacy of those games (along with the sports facilities).
This section may include current and past students of the school (whether they graduated or not).
International medal winners
- Jennifer Botterill - Was on gold medal winning ice hockey team in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.
- Deidra Dionne - Won bronze in 2002 Winter Olympics in freestyle aerial ski
- Blythe Hartley - Won bronze at 2004 Summer Olympics for diving
- Alanna Kraus - Won bronze at 2002 Winter Olympics and silver at 2006 Winter Olympics in short-track speed skating
- Carla MacLeod - Won gold in ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics
- Kyle Shewfelt - Won gold in gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Jessica Sloan - Won six gold medals at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
- CODA's list of medal winning alumni for the National Sport School Archived 2005-11-25 at the Wayback Machine; URL last accessed February 17, 2006
- Bergman, Brian, "Athletes' ABCs: National Sport, Calgary", Maclean's, August 23, 2004.
- "National Sport School Opens" Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine, Ski & Snowboard Canada, October 16, 2003.
- "February 2006 National Sport School Newsletter" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine; URL last accessed April 12, 2006.
- "Hauptman gets the call", Daily Bulletin (Kimberley, B.C.), January 19, 2006. pg. 3.
- "A Hard Road to Athens: A top gymnast pays the price to achieve her dream" (May 3, 2004) By Brian Bergman. Maclean's
- "It's the best teaching job ever: Gail Whiteford excels at school for gifted athletes" By Tom Barrett. Edmonton Journal Edmonton, Alta.: Aug 28, 2005. pg. I.3
- "Students sweat and study in style: National Sport School shifts base" By Lauren MacGillivray. Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alta.: Sep 18, 2003. pg. D.9
- "National Sports School expands" Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, Sask.: May 10, 2003. pg. B.4
- Durrie, Karen Rudolph, "A sporting change: Programs allow young competitors to excel at athletics - and academics", Calgary Herald, March 30, 2006. (Alternative Schooling Special Section). p. AS3.
- Petrich, Ivana, "Sports school supports athletes' dreams in flight", Calgary Herald, January 26, 2006. pg. N.12 (written by student at NSS)