St. Patrick's High School (Halifax)


St. Patrick's High School (Halifax)

Infobox Education in Canada
name = Saint Patrick's High School


imagesize= 300px
district = Halifax Regional School Board
type = Public secondary
city = Halifax
province = Nova Scotia
country = Canada
enrollment = 400 (approx)
colors = Green and Gold
mascot = Fighting Irish
grades = 10–12
established = 1955
website = http://st-pats.ednet.ns.ca/

St. Patrick's High School (St. Pat's) was a non-denominational school centrally located on Quinpool Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Historically a Roman Catholic public school, St. Pat's was located less than one block from its rival non-denominational public school, Queen Elizabeth High (QEH). While the school once had a population of 2,300 students, at which time students enjoying free periods would sometimes be forced onto the street to make room for lessons, it fell dramatically in population to less than 400.

St. Pat's High School was merged with QEH, beginning September 2007, to form Citadel High School, at the former site of the Halifax Nova Scotia Community College campus. The move has generated some controversy due to the size of the amalgamated high school, the differences between students at the schools, and the historical rivalries between the schools.

St. Pat's is traditionally known for its football, basketball, and soccer teams, musicals and music programs, and debating club. In 2005-06, St. Pat's celebrated their sole provincial sports victory in Girls' Curling. This was the first provincial Girls' Curling win for St. Pat's since 1976, when Colleen Jones played skip for the team. The St. Pat's football team placed second in the 2006 Turkey Bowl. In January 2007, St. Pat's won the Dalhousie Debating Tournament.

In preparation for the merge of QEH and St. Pat's into Citadel High School, many of the music programs were combined to include members from both schools. These programs include the string orchestra, concert band, and Jazz/Schola choir.

The building now houses the Halifax All City Music program and other educational programs, under the name Quinpool Education Centre.

egregation controversy

In 2006, St. Pat's African-Canadian Vice Principal Wade Smith stirred up some controversy with his suggestion to establish an Africentric school in Nova Scotia.Jones, L. "Blacks may need own school". "Daily News". April 29th, 2006] While the comment was initially an off the cuff remark, it was widely debated and generated strong feelings from both sides of the argument. His remark was made under questioning in an interview with CBC News, and reported on by other media outlets. To some, such a move would represent a return to segregation and the Jim Crow laws of the southern United States. Smith has indicated that this would not be the intent, saying that such a school would not exclude other races or ethnicities, but would simply focus on African-Canadian studies. He suggests that a change is needed because the current system is failing black students, many of whom receive low grades and are at increased risk of dropping out of school. He believes that an environment designed to cater to the special needs of African-Canadians would improve these results. Both the Halifax Regional School Board and the Nova Scotia Department of Education very quickly dismissed the concept.

Notable alumni

*Colleen Jones, world championship curler
*Jonathan Torrens, actor
*James Green, all-time leading rusher in school history, AUS football all-star (2007)

Musicals

*2007 - "Urinetown"
*2006 - "Godspell"
*2005 - "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
*2004 - "Little Shop of Horrors"
*2003 - "Les Misérables"
*2002 - "Hair"
*2001 - "The Pajama Game"
*2000 - ""
*1999 - "Man of La Mancha"
*1998 - "Jesus Christ Superstar"
*1997 - "Guys and Dolls"
*1996 - "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
*1995 - "The Music Man"
*1994 - "Sweet Charity"
*1993 - "Cabaret"
*1992 - "West Side Story"
*1991 - "Godspell"
*1990 - "Guys and Dolls"
*1989 - "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
*1988 - "Jesus Christ Superstar"
*1987 - "Grease"
*1986 - "Oklahoma!"
*1985 - "South Pacific
*1984 - "Oliver!

References

External links

* [http://st-pats.ednet.ns.ca/ Official website]
* [http://www.hrsb.ns.ca/tools/schoolfinder/findSchool.aspx?code=SPH Halifax Regional School Board school profile]
* [http://newschools.hrsb.ns.ca/citadel/buildinginfo.html Citadel High School building information]


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