Strathcona Composite High School
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|Strathcona High School
Ut qui ministrat
As one who serves
|10450 - 72 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 0Z6
|School type||Public secondary|
|Established||1955 (campus built)|
|School board||Edmonton Public Schools|
|Principal||Hans van Ginhoven|
|Colour(s)||Scarlet and Gold|
|Mascot||Gaylord the Lion|
Strathcona High School, or Scona as students and staff refer to it, is a public high school located in Edmonton, Alberta. The school was referred to as Strathcona Composite High School up until 2014. The school was originally constructed to hold 1200 students, which a $455 Million renovation program expanded to 1500 students by Spring 2015. The school operated remains slightly over capacity for the 2014-2015 school year, with 1594 students in attendance.  Scona should not be confused with the nearby Old Scona Academic High School.
In the early 1900s, the original Strathcona High School building was built and named after Lord Strathcona, a pioneering Scottish businessman and Canadian Parliamentarian, who was very influential in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Strathcona Composite High School was opened in 1955 to accommodate the growing population of Edmonton. Many students from the original Strathcona High School (now known as Old Scona Academic High School) were transferred to Strathcona Composite in 1955. It is located on Edmonton’s south side just south of the Old Strathcona district on a large piece of parkland.
The school houses about 60 classrooms, several computer labs, two gymnasiums, a library media centre with networked CDs, a cafeteria, a fitness centre and a pool owned and operated by a private contractor "River City Recreation". Outside the school, the track team uses Rollie Miles Athletic Field. This field was also used for the 1978 Commonwealth Games (as a training facility), 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and was also used for training in the 2005 World Masters Games. Other facilities around the school include South Side Sports Arena, which Phys Ed classes use for the skating unit.
- School Team Name: The Lords
- School Motto: Ut Qui Ministrat (Latin: "As one who serves")
- School Colours: Scarlet & Gold
- School Mascot: Gaylord the Lion
At the main entrance of the school, known as the Michener Entrance, an old lamp from the original Old Scona building is on during school hours and hangs over the Scona crest which, out of respect, students and staff will not walk across.
In 2015, Strathcona High School started the treehouse project. The project aimed to end youth homelessness in the City of Edmonton and to build a Hotel in Ecuador run by locals as a means of economic support. This helps ensure that deforestation and oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell can be avoided.
The School decided to do a 24-hour Bikeathon, and set a goal of $200,000.00. The school exceeded their goal by raising over $354,000.00 with 1,100 students participating.
Strathcona High School has a well established theatre program. In addition to the major productions listed below, the students at the school, with direction from the staff, participate in and create various other theatre projects including: OneAct Festival (plays directed by Grade 12 Students using student cast and crew), smaller scale productions by the various Drama classes, pep rallies, and in conjunction with Students Union and other student bodies, a Talent show and an Awards night.
Strathcona's Schools Productions:
- 2005-2006 Little Shop of Horrors (musical)
- 2006-2007 Anything Goes
- 2007-2008 Footloose (musical)
- 2008-2009 Beauty and the Beast (musical)
- 2009-2010 West Side Story
- 2010-2011 Les Misérables
- 2011-2012 Legally Blonde
- 2012-2013 Anything Goes
- 2013-2014 In The Heights
- 2014-2015 The Addams Family (musical)
Student Theater clubs: Dance Ensemble, Technical Theatre Crew, Improv Team, OneActs, Year Play, Cappies
Scona's athletics programs holds various winning streaks in Edmonton's city championships including:
- Track and Field - 44 years
- Cross Country – 37 years
- Swim Team – 29 years
- Canadian football – 6 years (and 2 provincial titles)
16 Rhodes Scholars have come from Scona. Included in this number is the first female Rhodes scholar from Alberta. Scona also has an Advanced Placement (AP) program, which is one of the largest in Canada. By completing internationally recognized exams, administered by the College Board, many Scona students earn credit that can be applied to first year University courses. Currently, the school offers AP courses in Studio Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics B, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Spanish Language, European History, French Language, French Literature, and German Language. Each year, Scona is represented amongst Canada's National AP Scholars by students who score high grades on five or more AP exams. In 2001 to 2008, 248 Scona students were ranked as AP Scholars; 66 of Alberta's 139 AP National Scholars were Scona Lords; and all 10 Edmonton Public Schools AP Award winners were from Strathcona.
For the 2014-2015 school year and registered enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, Strathcona High School has the largest AP (Advanced Placement) program in Canada. AP grade averages ranked the highest in Canada, and Second in North America.
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Many of Edmonton's influential community leaders, including Lois Hole and Robert Stollery, have graduated from Scona, while Ross Sheppard was its principal at one time. Recent Scona graduates continue to have strong influence as community leaders.
- Monique Ganderton, Stunt woman and actress
- Jon Hameister-Ries, CFL player
- Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
- Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
- Mac DeMarco, Musician
- Rochelle Loewen, Model
- Bruce McCulloch, Comedian
- Megan Metcalfe, Long Distance Runner/Olympian
- Callum Keith Rennie, Actor
- Corbin Sharun, CFL player
- Robert Stollery, President/Chairman/CEO PLC Construction, Order of Canada 2001, Philanthropist
- Dimitri Tsoumpas, CFL player
- Kevin Park, World Curling Tour Professional
- Maria Klawe, President Harvey Mudd College, Microsoft Board of Directors
- http://news.epsb.ca/tag/university-of-cambridge/ Edmonton School Board press release