Southwood Secondary School

Southwood Secondary School

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Southwood Secondary School

imagesize= 43.75 x 56.25
motto= Nihil Sine Labore
motto_translation= Nothing Without Work
streetaddress= 30 Southwood Drive
city= Cambridge
province= Ontario
postalcode= N1S 4K3
publictransit= 55 - St. Andrews
62 - Woodside
areacode= 519
phone= 621-5920
fax= 621-3342
schoolboard= Waterloo Region District School Board
superintendent= Linda Fabi
trustee= Andrea Mitchell
Colin Harrington
Cindy Watson
principal= Mrs. Cathy Campbell
viceprincipal= Mr. T. Tonner
Miss. C. Wynn
free_label_1= Student Activity Director
free_1= Ms. Karen Johannes
free_label_2= Student Activity Co-Presidents
free_2= Drew Weatherhead
Sarah Cheshire
Preceded by: Jake Rose, Erich Mackinnon
schooltype= High School
grades= 9-12
language= English
area= West Galt and Ayr
mascot= Sabre
teamname= Southwood Sabres
colours= Red, Green and White
founded= 1962
enrollment= ~1000
enrollment_as_of= September 2006
feeders= Cedar Creek P.S.
St. Andrew's P.S.
Tait Street P.S.

Southwood Secondary School is a high school in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, for students in West Galt and North Dumfries.


Founded in 1962, the school is now in its 45th year. The building was originally meant to be a temporary factory/storage facility, but with limited funds the school board bought it and turned into an education facility.Fact|date=March 2007 Although it has one of the lower student enrollments in the region, that does not seem to affect performance. It has proven itself over the years with its numerous Ontario scholars and high success rates from the literacy test: 6% above the board average and 8% above the provincial average. [ [ Southwood Literacy Test Results] ] Students are mostly of a caucasian background, partly due to the German heritage of Waterloo Region. [ [ Waterloo Region heritage] ] Southwood's unique role as a high school is explained here in a report from the Region of Waterloo to the school board: [ Municipal report to school board April 2003]

Southwood Secondary School’s culture is unique due toits student population being made up of studentsresiding in an urban environment and a significantnumber of students from a rural environment. It is theonly secondary school located in the west side of Galt-Cambridge to serve that community as well as theadjacent Township of North Dumfries.
It became the subject of controversy in 2003 when it was perceived that this was an undersized school and should be closed, as funding was needed to build the Huron Heights Secondary School elsewhere in the Region. After lengthy protests, differing proposals, and the November 2003 municipal election, the trustees voted to reverse the decision of the previous board and keep Southwood open. [ [ Trustees reverse closure of Southwood] ]


Southwood is renowned for the calibre of its music and mathematics programs, well-respected by universities and residents of the area. Prior to the 2005/2006 schoolyear, Southwood also hosted the area's French Immersion program, which has since moved to GCI. Beginning in the 2006-2007 school year, Southwood will host the region's PAL program.

Southwood's Athletics is also respected, having won several championships at the WCSSAA and CWOSSA levels in the last few years, notably in Volleyball, [ [ CWOSSA Volleyball Results] ] Basketball, [ [ CWOSSA Basketball Results] ] and Cross Country. [ [ CWOSSA Cross Country Results] ] These teams have also participated at OFSAA. In 2007, the Sr. Boys Basketball Team won the AAA OFSAA championship. [ [ OFSAA Basketball Results, 2007 Season] ] [Grossman, David. [ High school results, March 24] , Toronto Star, March 25th, 2007]

In 2007, a group of students from Southwood were among a group of over 3500 students from across Canada who travelled to Vimy Ridge to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle and restoration of the memorial. [Bean, Bill. [ "Students learn from fallen Vimy soldiers"] , Kitchener Record, March 23rd, 2007]

Notable Alumni

Yvonne Tousek - Gymnastics (1996 Olympic Games) [ [ UCLA Bruins - Player Bio] ] [ [ UCLA Fall Letters-of-Intent List] , Fall 1999] [ Secondary School Hall of Fame inductees, 2006] ]
Jody Hull - retired NHL player
Bryan Little - NHL Player (Atlanta Thrashers)
Vincent Marcone - Juno award-winning artist & graphic designer
Paul Werstine - Writer and major authority on Shakespeare [Western News, [ Shakespearean scholar lauded] ]
J.R. Fitzpatrick Jr. - NASCAR Busch Series driver, [Mcdonald, N. [ "Fast teen is quick with the toungue, too"] , Toronto Star, March 10th, 2007] CASCAR champion
Doug Consiglio - former Canadian Olympian and World Record holder [ [ WCSSAA results 2001-2002] - listing Doug as holding record for "Men 2000 Meter Steeplechase Open" since 1983.] [ [ SSS Alumni directory] - lists Doug as attending in 1983.] [ [ Running of the bulls] - notes Doug as competing in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.]
Matt Graham- Modern Minimalist Sculptor.


External links

# [ Southwood Secondary School homepage]

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