Colonel J. Fred Scott School

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Calgary, Alberta

School typePublic primary
School boardCalgary Board of Education
PrincipalScott Robinson

Colonel J. Fred Scott School is a primary school for students in grades K-6 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[1] The school is part of the Calgary Board of Education's public school system.[2] The school opened in the Whitehorn, Calgary in June 1977.[3]


The school is named for Colonel J. Fred Scott, a military officer who served in the First World War, and commanded The Calgary Highlanders at the start of the Second World War.[4] Colonel Scott was admitted to the Order of the British Empire for his work founding battle drill training in the Canadian Army.

The school received notice in the press for playing a leading role instituting a city-wide school lunch program in 1986.[5] The school was still focusing on feeding hungry students in 2008.[6]

In 1987, students of the school composed a winning entry in the Song for Calgary Contest.[7] Calgary - A Symphony! was composed by grade 5 and 6 students with the help of folk singer Paul Finkleman and his wife Deborah Robin.[8] The school, and the song, received international attention when a recording of the students singing Calgary - A Symphony was reviewed in the Detroit Free Press as "the best of the lot" of music released in conjunction with the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary.[9]

The school published a cookbook that was praised in the Calgary Herald for its celebration of "diversity of color and culture" in October 1994.[10] Rotary Clubs in both Calgary and Pakistan assisted students at the school in collecting school supplies for refugees of the war in Afghanistan. The project began on March 22, 2012, the first day of school following the overthrow of the Taliban.[11] The students went on to raise $2,000 for computer equipment and internet access for Afghan students in a partnership with Focus Humanitarian Assistance.[12]

Grade 1 and 2 students were profiled in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Homestretch program in March 2020 for a community artwork project celebrating the Whitehorn community of Calgary.[13]

Academic performance

The school generally performed below average in academic marks when compared to schools across Calgary in 2003.[14] Many students at the time were refugees of the war in Afghanistan and spoke English as a second language.[15]

Notable students and alumni

  • Jeffrey Lam, a Grade 4 student who was killed in a hit and run collision.[16]

Other uses

The building has been used as a polling station for municipal and school board elections,[17], community fitness classes,[18], and other community educational programs.[19] The school was selected to host the kick-off of the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation's reading incentive program on January 17, 2003, an event attended by Jarome Iginla and other National Hockey League celebrities.[20]


  1. school website
  2. Calgary Herald, 13 Jun 1977 accessed online at
  3. Calgary Herald, 3 June 1987, p.D4
  4. Calgary Highlanders bio
  5. Calgary Herald, 18 Sep 1986, p.B6
  6. "No food in the house reality for many kids", Calgary Herald, 27 Oct 2008, Classroom hunger supplement, interview with Principal Joy Chadwick
  7. Calgary Herald, 14 Jan 1987, p.D2
  8. "Student's city song ready for all ears", Calgary Herald, 5 Jun 1987, p.F5
  9. "Winter Olympics bring out worst in Canada's musicians", Detroit Free Press, 8 February 1988, p.3C
  10. "Calgary's Cooking", Calgary Herald, 27 Oct 1994, p.24
  11. "Supplied being collected for Afghanistan students", Calgary Herald, 5 Apr 2002, p.B6
  12. "Students pitch in for Afghan peers", Calgary Herald, 6 Jul 2003, p.E7
  13. "These Grade 1 and 2 students were handed an art project that could make master painters gulp", Yahoo! Movies, accessed online at
  14. "Making the Grade", Calgary Herald, 23 Feb 2003, p.D7
  15. "Students pitch in for Afghan peers", Calgary Herald, 6 Jul 2003, p.E7
  16. "Young hit-and-run victim remembered", Calgary Herald, 13 May 1994, p.B1
  17. [Calgary Herald, 4 Oct 1980, p.A14]
  18. [Calgary Herald, 5 Mar 1983, p.C18
  19. Calgary Herald, 4 Apr 1983, p.B8
  20. Calgary Herald, 18 Jan 2003, p.B5

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