F.E. Osborne School is located in the northwest community of Varsity.
A learning community working together for the success of all.
The staff of F.E. Osborne School, individually and collaboratively, is committed to help each student maximize his/her potential as a responsible and contributing citizen of the school and the community.
As a learning community, our three pillars of Eagle Etiquette guide our work.
Soaring to Success
Who was Frederick Ernest Osborne?
The name of our school honors an active, community-minded man, who made Calgary his home at the beginning of the last century. Mr. Osborne was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1878. There he attended elementary and high school. He later graduated from the Belleville Business College. He was married in 1901 and came to Calgary in 1904. Some residents of this city will remember Osborne’s Book Store. Mr. Osborne established this well-known retail outlet in 1905. It remained in its original location, 112 - 8 Avenue S.W., until it was destroyed by fire in 1966. Fred Osborne took a leadership role in many of Calgary’s service and social clubs. He was a president and district governor of the Rotary Club, president of the Calgary Board of Trade, a Mason, and a Shriner.
He was also a member of the Ranchman’s Club, the Calgary Golf and Country Club, and the Glencoe Club. Politics was another area in which he became actively involved. He twice served the city as an alderman, and he was the mayor of Calgary for three years (1927-1929). The University of Alberta recognized Mr. Osborne by awarding him an honorary degree of Doctor of Law. For his leadership role in the 2nd World War Finance Committee, he was awarded the prestigious Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This honor was given to him a few months before his death in 1948, and it underlined the fact that he had worked industriously for the people of Canada and the citizens of Calgary.