The Coal Bowl Classic is a national invitational male/female high school basketball tournament, which is held at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada. The first tournament was held in 1982 with Queen Elizabeth High School of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada winning the cup. A major facilitating factor is that all team members are housed within one wing of the school. Breton Education Centre is a combined junior-senior high school which opened in 1970.
The tournament, first held in 1982, takes its name from the primary industry of New Waterford, coal mining, Coal mining employed thousands of men and was the main industry on the Island for over 100 years. All the mines on the island were closed in the 1980s and 90s. However Kameron Coal Ltd opened a coal mine in Donkin ( just outside Glace Bay) in 2017.
The tournament held in February in the year of 2020 will be the Coal Bowl Classic's 38th year.