Saint Francis High School History
Saint Francis High School takes its name from our patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi. The school opened in 1962 with an enrolment of 466 students in three grades (9, 10 & 11) and offered academic, commercial and technical programs. By 1965 enrolment doubled and the vocational wings were constructed. Two science labs, one multi-activity area and eight classrooms completed the addition. In 1983, two of the areas were renovated to house the Home Economics facilities and in 2000, a new library and music room were added along with new computer and science labs and numerous classrooms.
Today, Saint Francis High School is a liberal arts Roman Catholic high school serving over 1600 students.We offer one of the most comprehensive high school programs in Alberta. All of the academic disciplines are offered along with Advanced Placement, Extended French, International Spanish Academy, Fine Arts, Knowledge and Employability Skills courses, International Languages, Active Living Skills, Physical Education and a variety of special programs. Our career and technology studies, extra-curricular programs, including Fine Arts and Athletics, are highly regarded throughout the District.
Saint Francis High School was built on the farm in 1962 (see the above painting). During the planning stage of St. Francis it was suggested that we name our school after the then Bishop of Calgary, Most Reverend F.P. Carroll D.D. However a suggestion from the Bishop resulted in his patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi being chosen as a patron of our school. (We nearly became Bishop Carroll!!!)
Our Patron Saint
Saint Francis is the founder of the Franciscan Order. He was born at Assisi, in Italy, in 1181 or 1182 and died in 1226. As a youth, Francis was extravagant and popular. He lived for the day, seeking out the pleasures which his father’s wealth could afford. At the age of twenty, because of civil strife, Francis entered the military. Before he reached the front, Francis fell ill and in his delirium heard a heavenly voice telling him to “serve the master rather than man”. Francis returned home and dedicated his time to prayer and visiting the sick. His loss of worldly ambition so annoyed his father that he disinherited Francis, who adopted the brown hemp garment of a labourer as a symbol of his life, poverty and commitment to Christ and to the poor. Francis was nicknamed “Il Poverello”, the poor man.
On his deathbed Saint Francis challenged his followers with these words, “Let us begin — for up to now we have done nothing”. This is our invitation to you —to begin the fulfillment of your potential as a student and as a young person here at Saint Francis High School.