William Aberhart High School

William Aberhart High School

Infobox Education in Canada
name= William Aberhart High School

imagesize= 300px
motto= Semper Paratus
motto_translation= Always Prepared
streetaddress= 3009 Morley Trail NW
city= Calgary
province= Alberta
postalcode= T2M 4G9
areacode= 403
phone= 289-2551
fax= 777-7079
email= williamaberhart@cbe.ab.ca
url= http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b829/
schoolboard= Calgary Board of Education
superintendent=Dr. Brendan Croskery
trustee= George Lane
principal= Jacques Ferguson
viceprincipal= Werner Mailandt and Debbie MacArthur. A third is to be appointed summer 2006
schooltype= Public
grades= 10-12
language= English and French Immersion
area= Area II
mascot= Trojan
teamname= Trojans
colours= Orange, White
founded= 1957
enrollment= 1528
enrollment_as_of= September 2005
communities= English Program: Banff Trail, Brentwood (east of Brisebois Dr), Capitol Hill (west of 14 St), Citadel, The Hamptons, Lynx Ridge, Ranchlands, and Triwood (Charleswood and Collingwood).

French Immersion Program: Arbour Lake, Banff Trail, Beddington Heights, Bowness, Briar Hill, Brentwood, Bridgeland/Riverside, Cambrian Heights, Capitol Hill, Citadel, Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Crescent Heights, Crestmont, Dalhousie, Edgemont, Evanston, Greenview, Greenwood, Greenbriar, The Hamptons, Harvest Hills, Hawkwood, Hidden Valley, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillhurst, Hounsfield Heights, Huntington Hills, Kincora, Lynx Ridge, MacEwan, Montgomery, Mount Pleasant, North Haven, Panorama Hills, Parkdale, Point McKay, Queen's Park Village, Ranchlands, Renfrew, Rocky Ridge, Rosedale, Rosemont, Royal Oak, Sandstone, Scenic Acres, Silver Springs, St. Andrews Heights, Sunnyside, Thorncliffe, Triwood (Collingwood, Charleswood), Tuscany, Tuxedo Park, University Heights, Valley Ridge, Varsity, West Hillhurst, and Winston Heights/Mountview.
feeders= English Program: Senator Patrick Burns.

French Immersion Program: Georges P. Vanier and Branton.

William Aberhart High School is a public senior high school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which teaches grades 10, 11, and 12. It is operated by the Calgary Board of Education. William Aberhart High School is located at 3009 Morley Trail NW. The school contains 54 classrooms, 2 gymnasia, a fitness centre, a multi-media library resource centre, and specialized areas for music, drama, and art. It also plays host to the largest debate union in North America, participating in numerous levels of competitions ranging from regional to international. The union is headed by the Canadian National Debate Team coach, Martin Poirier.

Other school activities and clubs include the largest high school Model United Nations team in Calgaryfact|date=September 2007; the most frequently published school newspaper in Southern Alberta, "The Advocate"fact|date=September 2007; an independent students' media magazine, "The Iconographer"; an environmentally active organization, Destination Conservation; the Student Outreach Society, a peer support group; a bilingual club, Immersion à l'Action; and many others.

Until recently, the east side of the third floor was populated by the National Sports School of Canada. They have sinced moved south to Earnest Manning High School.

Notable Aspects

Many members of its faculty have won teaching awards, including Denis Phillips in Science and Martin Poirier in Social Studies.fact|date=September 2007

Notable alumni

*David Winning - Film & Television Director. Stargate: Atlantis, Andromeda, HBO, Sci Fi Channel movies, etc.
*Todd McFarlane - Creator of the Spawn comic [cite news article
title=Artist spawns a web of influence
date=Dec. 24, 2007
*James Gosling - father of the JAVA Programming Language - Order of Canada Recipient Fact|date=September 2007
*John Baty - Coach of the World Champion Team Canada Debate 1988
*David Eng - Helped design the first internal combustion engine to run primarily on White Oak sap

pecial Programs

Several special programs offered by William Aberhart High School include:
*"Access" and "ALP4" programs - The Access program programs provides students with a wide range of learning experiences. Students learn life skills and take part in many activities both in and out of the school. The ALP4 program is an academic program for students with special needs. Students integrate into classes, and are also involved in community work experience with the VRRI.
*"Advanced Placement (AP) Education" - William Aberhart High School is one of the few schools in the Calgary area which offers Advanced Placement classes for highly talented students. These include AP Biology, AP Calculus (self-paced), AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP English Literature & Composition, AP French Language, AP Physics (self-paced), AP Fine Arts, and other many programs.

Fine Arts Program

The fine arts program at William Aberhart High School consists of several groups:
*The Concert Choir (which consists of full-time choir students and after-school participants);
*The Jazz Choir (full- and part-time choir students, through a competitive process);
*The Concert Band (composed of Grade 10 students);
*The Symphonic Band (consisting of grade 11 and 12's)
*The Jazz Band (open class - grades 10 through 12);
*The Wind Ensemble (an advanced concert band, which plays Grade 4+ band music);
*Musical Theater (an elective, one semester course in which the students perform a musical at the end of the term)

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs


Debate Union

The debate Union is the largest debating team in Calgary and ranked one of the highest in Canada. It has not only dominated in numbers on Team Canada, but has won the most number of awards. The union is lead by Martin Poirier, the Canadian National Debate Team coach. The team has the opportunities to go on trips such as the Lois Hole tournament held annualy at University of Alberta, and the tournament at University of British Columbia. Individuals could also participate in international tournaments.


A group of enthusiastic individuals that are at the forefront of Aberhart's various school events. Starting from September, it kicks off the annual Terry Fox Pyjama Run. Later various events such as AIDS benefit show, Halloween costume contest, Rememberance Day assembly, Turkey Fest, Valentine Matchmaker, and Spring Fling.

Social Amnesty

A student run club that makes its focus on raising awareness in humanitarianism. The club is composed of a group of compassionate students desiring to make a difference in world crisis and injustice. So far the club has run campaigns on clean water, human rights in Burma, and homeless shelter relief during the 2007-2008 school year. Currently, project "Darfur Week" is under its way.

The Advocate

Aberhart's school paper that publishes biweekly throughout the school year. The paper mainly covers athletics, student opinions, and school events.


ee also

*William Aberhart
*Calgary Board of Education


External links

* [http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b829/ Official website]

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