W.P. Wagner High SChool
established since 1969.

Who was
W.p. Wagner?

William Phillip Wagner was born May 1, 1899 to Amelia and Philip Wagner in Edmonton, Alberta. Riding on the first streetcar and attending the first movie was part of growing up while attending Queen’s Avenue School during his formative years.


William became Edmonton’s first counselor, then Director of Secondary Schools, Assistant Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and by 1955 he was appointed Superintendent of Edmonton Schools.


During the “Wagner” years, there was the largest percentage increase of pupils, teachers and schools ever recorded during the tenure of any previous Superintendent. Throughout the years William earned his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters Degree in Education from the University of Alberta. In 1982, the University of Alberta bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Wagner for his life-time dedication to his fellow man.


The retirement of William Phillip Wagner in 1964 brought about the construction of the school which sits beside the park and on the road both which were named after him. He died in 1986.


W. P. Wagner School has lived a double life since opening in 1969. It began as a trade school and changed to a school of science and technology in 1991.

It started here
where we are today

W.P. Wagner is an exciting, caring, and innovative high school that strives to prepare all students for post-secondary studies, the world of work, community living, and other creative pursuits through the provision of exceptional programming in Academics, the Arts, Athletics, Student Leadership, and Career and Technology Studies.


We are proud of the rich variety of possibilities that we are able to offer such as our Advanced Placement programs and our new Architectural Engineering program. At W.P. Wagner, we also encourage students to become involved in our many extracurricular activities to further their skills, make new friends, and build lasting memories.


What makes our school unique is the strength of our exceptional staff, the vibrancy of our students, and the excellence that they achieve together. Our school community values diversity and supports all students regardless of their background, orientation, goals, or dreams. We have been fortunate to have had recent renovations to our building including our learning resource center, Architectural Engineering lab, greenhouse, collaborative east mall space, the addition of six new classrooms, gender-neutral washrooms, and physical education locker rooms.


Parents, staff, students, and the community work together to ensure that students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to be successful in life. We are proud of our positive and focused school community where individuals treat one another with respect.