Ross Sheppard High School — 1956

13546 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton

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.

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. 


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


EARL MAGNUSSEN - 14 Apr 2019

To James Dow we in port simpsom hope you have photos of the the charles dudoward pole thank you Earl family of the dudowards

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Denis Chalifoux - 23 Jun 2022

PHOTO ESSAY OF OUR TBIRD TOTEM. As a legacy gift on my 2017 retirement from Ross Sheppard High School after 39 years of teaching Physics/Science & Math, I promised to work with principal Rick Paulitsch to arrange for the restoring/repainting of the Chief WiiShakes (Charles Dudoward) Tbird Totem. My daughter and I when on a Totem Quest in search of some of the descendants of the carver. This took us to the the wonderful Indigenous Village of Lax Kw'alaams on the N.W. Pacific Coast north of Prince Rupert. The restoration was completed in August 2020. A photo essay and story of our cherished totem and it's "totem story" in on my personal facebook page... ENJOY!;overflow:hidden%22%20scrolling=%22no%22%20frameborder=%220%22%20allowfullscreen=%22true%22%20allow=%22autoplay;%20clipboard-write;%20encrypted-media;%20picture-in-picture;%20web-share

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Era: The Post-War Years
Themes: Education
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Area: Northwest

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