Tue, 23 Jun, 2015
In January 2015, Edmonton Public Schools asked the public to help name five new schools in west and southwest Edmonton as well as Rundle Heights. We received over 250 suggestions! After reviewing the submissions, we recommended a short list of options for the Board’s approval.
At today’s public meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the new school names. These names honour five individuals who have made important contributions to education and helped shape our strong, vibrant community. View a map of the new school locations.
Margaret Ann Armour (born 1939) is a prominent scientist who has dedicated decades of her work to encouraging girls and young women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering.
Nellie Carlson (born 1927) is a longtime activist for equal rights for First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and children. She helped create the Awasis and Sacred Circle indigenous educational programs, and an award recognizing achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students was established in her name in 1996.
Ivor Dent (1924-2009) was the Mayor of Edmonton from 1968-1974. He also served the community as a teacher, assistant principal and principal with Edmonton Public Schools. He was the principal at Rundle School before his retirement.
Roberta MacAdams (1881-1959) enlisted for overseas service in the First World War where she ran food services for a 1,000-bed Canadian military hospital. She later became one of Canada’s first female MLAs, taking her oath of office alongside Louise McKinney. MacAdams was the first woman in the British Empire to introduce and pass a bill.
Michael Phair (born 1950) served as an Edmonton city council member from 1992 to 2007 and was the first openly gay elected official in Alberta. In addition to focusing on LGBTQ issues, Phair has addressed homelessness, affordable housing and recycling challenges in our city.
Thank you for helping name our new schools! Submitted names that were not chosen will be kept on file and could be selected for a new school in the future.
Learn more about our new schools and the status of their openings.