Apr. 07, 2023
CALGARY – North Trail High School is the name of the new Calgary Board of Education high school under construction in the community of Coventry Hills.
The Board of Trustees approved the name for this school, which is expected to open in September 2023. Regular program students who live in the communities of Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Harvest Hills, Hidden Valley and Panorama Hills will be designated to the school.
The name “North Trail High School” was selected by the Board after gathering input on possible names through the school name recommendation committee, a community naming survey, and by consulting with an Indigenous Elder. The school name recommendation committee was comprised of CBE trustees, parent and/or community representatives and members of CBE administration.
The Elder shared some of the stories of the north trail, and the land where the new high school is being built. The north trail includes the trails used by the Siksika and honours the warriors and ancestors. Warriors would travel this trail to prepare for new birth (spring). The trail may also have been used by the Cree to enter Blackfoot territory to negotiate treaties and possibly trade.
On this land, the area may once have been a place for harvesting tobacco. The area may also have been a natural pharmacy where medicines were harvested, as well as saskatoon berries and chokecherries. The Northern Lights can be seen from this spot.
North Trail High School will serve students in Grade 10-11 when it opens, and will expand to Grade 10-12 the following year.