Saint Francis High School (Calgary)

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Saint Francis High School
877 Northmount Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2L 0A3
Coordinates 51°05′07″N 114°06′05″W / 51.08538°N 114.101279°W / 51.08538; -114.101279Coordinates: 51°05′07″N 114°06′05″W / 51.08538°N 114.101279°W / 51.08538; -114.101279
School type High School
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1962
School board Calgary Catholic School District
Area trustee Margaret Belcourt
Principal Mark Berger
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 2000
Language English, Extended French
Colour(s) Orange and Brown         
Mascot Bear named "Sicnarf" (former); Francis Brown
Team name Browns

Saint Francis High School is a Roman Catholic high school, and one of the largest in Calgary, serving 2000 students in the communities of northwest Calgary, Alberta.

The program offerings include all of the academic disciplines, an Advanced Placement (A.P.) program, an Extended French program, an Integrated Occupation program, a Registered Apprentice program, International Languages, an Active Life Skills physical education program, an Incentive program and an extensive Career and Technology Studies program.


The school opened in 1962 with an enrollment of 466 students in three grades (9–11) and offered academic, commercial (business) and technical programs. By 1965 enrollment doubled and the vocational wings were constructed including shop areas for automotive, carpentry, electronics & electricity, drafting, commercial art, beauty culture, hot metals and lithograph. Two science labs, one multi-activity area and eight classrooms completed the addition. In 1983, two of the areas were renovated to house the Home Economics facilities and in 2000, a new library and music room were added along with new computer and science labs and numerous classrooms.[1]

The school's patron saint is Saint Francis of Assisi.


Saint Francis competes and participates as a Division I member school in the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (student body populous 1700+) and the Alberta Schools Athletic Association. Its acclaimed sports programs have amassed several city and provincial championships. Its renowned football program, has won thirty eight city titles (twenty four Senior Varsity Division I & fourteen Junior Varsity Division I),[2] and four Alberta Schools Athletic Association Senior Varsity Tier I Provincial titles (school population 1250+).[3]

In addition, the school hosts two mid-winter basketball tournaments. The St Francis Invitational (SFI) is an eight team tournament that invites several senior boys varsity teams from rival city & provincial high schools, as well as schools from Western Canada and occasionally from the United States (specifically Laredo, Texas)[4] to compete in a two-day tourney. The Browns' Invitational Tournament is an eight team tournament that hosts feeder schools from the Calgary Catholic junior high school system which is held weeks after the SFI.


Incentive Program[edit]

Saint Francis High School initiated an Attendance Incentive program for students in 1991. The program allows students with outstanding attendance and who are passing their courses to option out of a final examination. Students with less than three lates/absences per class and T.A., may choose to not write one final exam or drop their lowest mark. If a student qualifies for incentive, has raised their overall report card average 5% from the previous report card and/or make the honor roll, the student may request a second incentive opportunity for the same semester. Additional benefits include priority registration day in August and many other "front of the line" opportunities such as parking passes.

The Fine Arts and Performing Arts[edit]

Band Program[edit]

St. Francis High School has one of the largest High School band programs in the City of Calgary. It comprises over 100 students in the various grades of 10,11,12. The grade 10s have their own individual class and the grade 11s and 12s are combined together in one class. They practice together for morning rehearsals every Wednesday morning and participate in the Alberta International Band Festival every year. The band has played complex pieces like "Holst Suite in Eb" and sections of Holst's "Planets Suite." Every other year the band goes on a big trip to compete in a band competition. In the past they have gone to such places as Halifax, N.S., San Diego, California, and Maui, Hawaii.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Newspaper Club[edit]

St. Francis High School has a Newspaper Club, which publishes the school newspaper, the Omnia, seasonally. Any student or staff can submit pieces, which members and supervising faculty edit. The club was founded during the 1996–97 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "CSSD Home". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
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  3. ^ "Football Alberta: High School Football". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Tourney hosts face tough test". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 

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