Strathcona Composite High School

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Coordinates: 53°30′32″N 113°29′57″W / 53.50889°N 113.49917°W / 53.50889; -113.49917

Strathcona Composite High School
Strathcona Composite High School Logo.svg
Ut qui ministrat
As one who serves
10450 - 72 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 0Z6, Canada
School board Edmonton Public Schools
School type Public secondary
Grades 10–12
Mascot Gaylord the Lion[1]
Colours Scarlet and Gold         
Founded 1908

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 originally constructed to hold 1200 students, but there are currently above 1500 students attending the school. However, after 4 years of renovations to be completed in Early 2015, and an expenditure of $451 Million, the school can now hold 1500 students, however there are 1594 in attendance for the 2014-2015 school year [2] 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.[1][3]

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[1]

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.

Theatre Productions[edit]

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)

Strathcona has also earned multiple Cappies awards including Outstanding musical for Footloose, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and many other technical, dance, and acting awards.[4]

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:


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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Strathcona High School is currently participating in a pilot program of the AP Capstone program.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

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.[1]