Ross Sheppard High School — 1956

Ross Sheppard High School, photo by James Dow.

Ross Sheppard High School, photo by James Dow.

13546 – 111 Avenue

Designed by: Rensaa & Minsos
Built by: Bennett and White
Original Owner: Edmonton Public School Board

Ross Sheppard High School is an excellent example of the International Style that incorporates clean horizontal lines, flat roofs, and horizontal emphasis in the window design. It also makes use of pre-cast window surrounds on the main floor and continuous horizontal louvered sun shade s that reduce direct sunlight into the school. A curved field stone feature wall provides a dramatic backdrop to the main floor library and the second floor lunch room. Located adjacent to Coronation Park, the school takes full advantage of its park-like setting.

Left to right: Edmonton Archives EA-340-591, James Dow

Left to right: Edmonton Archives EA-340-591, James Dow

The official opening was held on October 22, 1958, but the 16-classroom wing on the west side was still to be completed. Three sculptured plaques were donated by Rensaa & Minsos and were mounted on the south library wall. In October 1967, a totem pole, carved by Charles Dudoward of Port Simpson, B.C., as a centennial project, was raised on the school grounds. Dudoward, last hereditary chief of the Tsimshian did the carving in the gym of Ross Sheppard High School. 

SEE ALSO:

Ross Sheppard Composite High School
by Lawrence Herzog, It’s Our Heritage, Vol 29 No 10, March 10, 2011 

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