Nicholas Sheran Park and Nicholas Sheran Community School are named after Alberta's first miner and coal operator. Nicholas Sheran, who was born in New York of Irish parents, was an adventurous young man. At the age of 14, he enlisted in the Union Forces as a drummer boy. When peace was restored, his wanderlust took him to the Arctic where he joined a whaling crew for two years. Returning to New York, he soon began to grow restless and before long he was heading west. The year was 1870. Upon reaching Fort Benton he decided to visit two of his friends, Hamilton and Healy, the traders who had established Fort Whoop-Up. Nicholas Sheran was actually prospecting for gold as he made his way along the Fort Benton Trail. He found 'Black Gold!" Arriving at the Fort, he took on the job of operating the ferry and began digging coal in his spare time. In 1872 he moved further along the river and established himself at what became known as `Sheran's Crossing'. There he began mining in earnest and thus the Coal Industry of Alberta was born.
In keeping with the history of our school, our `logo' is a miner's pick with the letters N and S attached to the handle, surrounded by the words Nicholas Sheran Community School. Our colors are black and gold to depict black gold, 'coal'. The mascot selected for our school is our prairie resident the gopher. He has been named Nikki.
Please review École Nicholas Sheran School Three Year Education Plan 2018-19 for more information about the school.