Frontenac Secondary School

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Frontenac Secondary School
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Ad Optima Nitamur (Latin)
1789 Bath Road Kingston, ON K7M 4Y3
Kingston, Ontario, K7M 4Y3
School type Public, Secondary
Founded 1957
School board Limestone District School Board
Superintendent Richard Holmes
Area trustee George Beavis
School number 911135[1]
Principal David Steele
Vice principal James Bonham-Carter
Jeannie Forte
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1106 (September 2011[1])
Language English
Campus Suburban
Area Auden Park
Colour(s) Grey & Garnet
Mascot Peregrine Falcon
Team name Falcons

Frontenac Secondary School is a high school in Kingston's west-end operated by the Limestone District School Board. Sports teams play under the moniker/nickname "Frontenac Falcons"


Frontenac Secondary School was founded in 1957 under the name Collins Bay High School, and adopted its current name in 1964. Frontenac has a long-standing tradition of excellence in academics, and post-secondary, and career preparation, athletics and the arts.[citation needed] Frontenac's enrollment is around 1,200 students. In May 2007, with Caroline Worthy as principal, Frontenac celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2006, construction began on a major extension which includes a new library, a media room, an elevator, and several additional computer labs and classrooms.

Varsity Athletics[edit]

Frontenac is known provincially and nationally for its outstanding athletics program[citation needed] (its mascot is the Falcon). During the 1970s and continuing to present day the Falcons have been one of the most dominant high school football programs in Ontario and one of the most accomplished athletic programs in Canada, achieving a national high school ranking in football in the 2000s. The senior Falcons were coached during those 30 years by coaches Pat McMenamin, Jack Aldridge and the late Berk Brean. The Falcon football program has produced numerousCIS players, All Canadians and Vanier Cup participants and champions including Quarterback Warren Goldie who led the University of Western Ontario mustangs to the Vanier Cup in 1994.

The Falcon women's basketball program was most dominant in the 1980 and 1990s under Falcon coach Tim McCue, winning numerous city and regional championships and also provincial medals.[citation needed] During the '90s and 2000s the men's basketball program has enjoyed notable success with city, regional and provincial titles. The men's team enjoyed particular success in 2003 and 2004, capturing the 2003 AAA OFSAA gold medal, and the 2004 AAAA OFSAA bronze medal. These teams were coached by Suche James and featured future CIS All-Stars Robert Saunders and Stuart Turnbull.

Frontenac also has strong programs in volleyball including 10 straight city championships for the men's junior program in the late 1880s and early 1990s. Frontenac has also been a force in Track and Field, producing athletes who have participated on Canada's national team in the Olympic Games.

Frontenac has a long history of football greatness dating back to the 1970s.[citation needed] In 2001, the Falcons championship team completely swept the Kingston area during regular-season play. No school scored on the Falcons until their first in history National Capital Bowl win against St. Mark Catholic School in the Skydome in Toronto. The team won the National Capital Bowl that season, winning a perfect defensive record during the regular season, city play-offs, and the Eastern Ontario final. This, culminating with a 29-20 win during the National Capital Bowl played the Rogers Centre (then Skydome) (See: ). The following year with a squad full of returning OFSAA championship players on the team prior, led the school to another OFSAA Title at the National Capital Bowl with a convincing 56-6 over favourite Ashbury College. (See: ). In 2006, Frontenac's football team again produced dominance in the Kingston area again and made it to the National Capital Bowl only lose in a heartbreaking 10-8 match against the St. Mark Catholic School Lions. On December 4, 2007, the Frontenac senior football yet again returned to the National Capital Bowl Championship and won at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, defeating Crestwood Secondary School of Peterborough by a score of 15-10. This victory marks the third National Capital Bowl victory for Frontenac in the last 7 years (the first championship since winning consecutive championships in 2001 and 2002). The Frontenac Falcons defended its National Capital Bowl title on December 3, 2008 by defeating the Crestwood Secondary School for the second consecutive year by a score of 36-1 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, making it Frontenacs second back to back National Capital Bowl. On November 27, 2011, the Falcons made another trip to the Rogers Centre and defeated the Crestwood Secondary School Mustangs again, 49-11. This marks Frontenac's fifth National Capital Bowl title since the bowl series' inception in 2000.[2] For their accomplishments head coaches Mike Doyle and Doug Johnston received Berk Brean Trophy for High School Coach of The Year from Queen's University. Berk Brean was one of the original Senior football coaches at Frontenac Secondary. In terms of Kingston Area Football programs and quality, Frontenac's Senior Football team has won 7 of the last 12 Kingston Area Senior Football Championships (2001–2012) and of those 7 championships won 6 National Capital Bowls after winning Easter Ontario Finals.[3][4]

Every year (with the exception of 2000 & the 2008 season) Frontenac competes in a tournament with Bayridge Secondary School entitled the Banana Bowl, where senior and junior football teams face off for a trophy and a stuffed banana. Frontenac has won this tournament every year since 1995.

Frontenac has had a very strong hockey program for the past few years.[when?] They have represented EOSSAA at OFSAA twice and have always been a contender in league and tournament play. They have traveled all over Ontario to play in tournaments.

Frontenac to date holds the most city, regional and provincial titles in Kingston over close rivals Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and Bayridge Secondary School.


Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Frontenac was known for its outstanding music program which won numerous competitions and festivals throughout Canada.[citation needed] Many music graduates from this time went on to careers as professional players, recording artists and music educators. The rock group the "Blushing Brides" was formed at Frontenac. In the golden years prior to 2005, the music program at FSS was superb.[citation needed] There was a symphonic band, a concert band, a strings ensemble, a jazz ensemble and a choir. In the 1980s, it was one of few schools to have an orchestra. There are currently two music instructors at FSS: Emily Cavers and Scott Davey.

Other programs[edit]

The school is well known for its high-quality Mathematics Department,[citation needed] which is headed by Pat Grew. The department is one of few in the region to offer the Advanced Placement Calculus and Computer Science programs.

Every year, Frontenac has junior and senior teams that compete in the Canadian game show Reach for the Top. In 1998-99, The senior team was the national champion. The team has also performed well in recent years, even qualifying for and competing in the American game show Whiz Quiz. In 2007 and 2008, the senior REACH team were the international Whiz Quiz champions, and in 2006 and 2007, they attended the provincial REACH Championships.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Secondary School Profile - Frontenac Secondary School (911135)". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Smiths Falls Local Community News". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Championship Games Kingston". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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Coordinates: 44°14′14″N 76°34′37″W / 44.2372°N 76.5770°W / 44.2372; -76.5770