School History

Our School History

St. Jean Brebeuf opened in 1965 as an elementary and junior high school in the farthest northwest corner of Calgary. The school opened in April, following a construction-delayed projected opening of September,1964. During the eight month delay, students were hosted at neighbouring schools. The name was chosen in honor of St. Jean de Brebeuf, who worked with the native population and eventually became one of the first Canadian Martyrs at the hands of the Iroquois tribe.

Brebeuf school not only served the academic needs of the students in its early years of operation, but also served the spiritual needs of the community by hosting Sunday mass in the gymnasium until it became feasible to construct St. Luke Church.

The Catholic Community of Caring fosters a positive environment for our students to learn and grow. The success of St. Jean Brebeuf School graduates is a testimony to the history of Christian education and excellence that has guided Brebeuf through its 50 years of service.


Our Patron Saint

Our School is named in honor of St. Jean Brebeuf, who is Canada's official saint. Echon, (meaning load bearer, or endurance in Huron), was a Jesuit missionary. Father Brebeuf could be described as an apostle, a brave adventurer, a skilled writer, a man of vision and more simply, as a saint and a martyr. He lived his life in the spirit of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. May St. Jean Brebeuf guide our lives in the service of God!

St. Jean Brebeuf, Pray for Us!