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Located at Coaldale, in the midst of a large Mennonite settlement, the Alberta Mennonite High School was sponsored by the Alberta Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church with the purpose of giving its young people an opportunity to get their instruction in a Christian institution from Christian teachers with special emphasis on the ideals of the church in matters of faith and practice. AMHS closed its doors in 1964.

It was owned and operated by the Alberta Mennonite Educational Society, founded especially for this purpose on 8 March 1946, by 72 members of the conference with 89 shares at $50.00 each. The curriculum of the AMHS was the same as that prescribed by the Department of Education of the Province of Alberta for all high schools in the province and the school was under the supervision of the government high-school inspector.

The original school building was 28 x 84 ft. with three classrooms on the main floor and living quarters for girl students in the basement. There was a kitchen and a dining hall, and also a teacherage for three families. In the first five years after the opening of the school in 1946, enrolment grew from 28 to 70. In 1951, grades seven and eight were added and in 1952 two additional classrooms were built. Principals who served the school in its early years included Henry Thiessen and Peter G. Klassen. The AMHS was the only Mennonite high school in the province at the time.

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Bibliography

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, May 23, 1976. Coaldale, AB: Coaldale MB Church, 1976: 25-26.

Additional Information

Alberta Mennonite High School Teachers

Teacher Years
Henry Thiessen 1946-1949

1953-1954

Jacob Regehr 1946-1948
Henry Dick 1948-1950
Peter G. Klassen 1949-1953
Peter Dick 1949-1957
Peter Bargen 1950-1956
Anne Kornelsen 1951-1956

1957-1964

Kay Peters 1954-1955
Jacob Isaac 1954-1959
Anne Janzen 1955-1960
John Heidebrecht 1956-1958
Harold Dyck 1957-1959
Peter Loewen 1958-1961
Jacob Hubert 1959-1960
Helga Hubert 1959-1962
Alfred Klassen 1960
Ernest Dyck 1960-1961
Mary Funk 1960-1962
John Pauls 1960-1963
Abe Koop 1961-1962
Anne Guenther 1962-1963
John Braun 1962-1964
Victor Thiessen 1962-1964
Erica Jantzen 1963-1964
George Wiens 1963-1964
Names of principles are in boldface


Author(s) B. B. Janz
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2009


Cite This Article

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Janz, B. B. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Alberta Mennonite High School (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2009. Web. 28 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Alberta_Mennonite_High_School_(Coaldale,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=90772.

APA style

Janz, B. B. and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2009). Alberta Mennonite High School (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Alberta_Mennonite_High_School_(Coaldale,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=90772.




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