Strathcona Composite High School
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|Strathcona Composite High School|
Ut qui ministrat
As one who serves
|10450 - 72 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 0Z6, Canada
|School board||Edmonton Public Schools|
|School type||Public secondary|
|Mascot||Gaylord the Lion|
|Colours||Scarlet and Gold|
Strathcona Composite High School, or Scona as students and staff refer to it, is a public high school located in Edmonton, Alberta. The school was constructed to hold 1200 students, but there are currently just under 1500 students attending the school. Scona should not be confused with the nearby Old Scona Academic 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 gymnasia, 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: Super GayLord the Lion
At the main entrance of the school, known as the Michener Entrance, an old lamp from the original Old Scona building hangs over the Scona crest which, out of respect, students and staff will not walk across.
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
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 - 42 years 
- Cross Country – 34 years
- Swim Team – 27 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, 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.
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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
- 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