Bishop O'Byrne High School
Bishop O’Byrne High School opened its doors in September of 2001. By June 2003, the first class of 261 students was celebrated. During the 2010–2011 school year, Bishop O’Byrne High School celebrated “A Decade of Excellence” with many celebrations and events to mark this milestone.
Our school is connected to the South Fish Creek Recreation and Educational Complex. Major partners include the YMCA, Calgary Public Library and the South Fish Creek Recreation Association. This collaborative partnership received “Honorable Mention” at the Mayor’s Excellence Awards in 2007.
Focused on providing a Catholic Academic Education to the students, Bishop O’Byrne High School has grown substantially over the past few years to a population of over 1800 students. Additional programs have been added, including a Sports Performance Hockey Program and Grade 10 Honours/International Baccalaureate Program.
The School Council had provided strong support to the school community. In early 2007, the Bishop O’Byrne Fundraising Society was established to provide enhancements to the education of the students.
During our school’s short history, the students have experienced great success in Athletics, Fine Arts and numerous other curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
The future is bright for our Catholic Learning Community!
About Bishop Paul O’Byrne
To reflect on the life and spirituality of His Excellency Bishop Paul O’Byrne requires far more than just reviewing the dates and events of a man’s life, for Bishop Paul O’Byrne was no ordinary man. He truly was a “trailblazer.” His episcopacy, like his priesthood, like his life, was not that of most Bishops. Bishop Paul dared to be truly one of his people.
Blackfoot Native and Educator Clayton Twigg related how Bishop Paul would visit the Reserve on special occasions. “When there would be ceremonies or parades Bishop Paul was never afraid to ride. If the horse he was given had too gentle a disposition, Bishop Paul would ask for a horse that had some spirit. He would get on the horse, and though the horse would try to buck the Bishop off, he would always stay on the saddle. Very quickly, within a few moments the horse would be totally under the Bishop’s control. The Bishop certainly knew how to ride, and we respected him all the more for it.”
As a young priest, Paul O’Byrne preferred the freedom of a motorcycle to the confinement of a car. Later as a Bishop, when a car was required, he would drive himself. He continued to drive until his health no longer would allow it.
At the age of 45 he was appointed by Pope Paul VI to be the Bishop of Calgary on 21, June 1968. These were exciting times for Catholics as the many changes that came about with the Second Vatican Council were coming into effect. Calgary’s new Bishop would be a driving force in the implementations of these changes into the Church in Southern Alberta.
At the age of 81, Bishop Paul passed away on September 2, 2004.