Glebe Collegiate Institute

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In Alta Tende
Strive for the Heights
212 Glebe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S-2C9, Canada
Coordinates 45°24′06″N 75°41′49″W / 45.40169°N 75.69687°W / 45.40169; -75.69687Coordinates: 45°24′06″N 75°41′49″W / 45.40169°N 75.69687°W / 45.40169; -75.69687
Public transit access OC Transpo
School board Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Superintendent Walter Piovesan
Area trustee Rob Campbell (Zone 9)
Principal France Thibault
Vice principal Tracy Shapiro,
Matt Armstrong,
Kristin Riddell
Administrator Pamela Wilson
Chief custodian Arthur Albert
Grades 9-12
Language Multi
Area Glebe
Campus Urban
Mascot The Gryphon
Team name Gryphons
Colours Yellow, Blue         
Founded 1929

Glebe Collegiate Institute is a high school in the Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Administered by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Glebe Collegiate Institute has approximately 1,500 students; students and sports teams are referred to as "Gryphons". Glebe is the OCDSB's largest school. The Gryphons's performance has led to Glebe Collegiate Institute being consistently ranked one of the premier athletics schools in Canada. The Gryphons impressive record includes OFSAA championships in Ice Hockey, Track and Field, XC Running, Tennis, Alpine Skiing, Soccer, Volleyball and Rowing.

Glebe Collegiate was selected as one of Canada's best schools in the August, 2004 edition of Maclean's news magazine. The school offers specialized programs, such as French immersion, English as a second language, bilingual gifted, and a special education learning centre. It has an excellent academic standing and one of the best music programs in the city, including a unique, 5 time Gold award-winning, unconventional percussion group called Offbeat. Glebe's excellence in the arts has also been demonstrated in improvisation, where Glebe has placed twice at the Canadian National Final.[1] Glebe's robotics program participates in US FIRST international robotics competition. Teacher Alexander Overwijk lays claim to "world freehand circle drawing champion"[citation needed]. His unique talent has been viewed by millions on YouTube.[2] In 2008 and 2010, a group of four teachers [Andrew Cumberland, Dan Lajoie, Colin Harris, and Masato Kachi] from Glebe placed 2nd in Canada in the Discovery Channel's Iron Science CompetitionReview of Iron Science in The Scientist magazine [1]. Notable alumni include NHL hockey players, including Hall of Famer Syd Howe; singer Alanis Morissette and CBC news icon Peter Mansbridge.


The historic Glebe Collegiate Institute building, located in the affluent Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa centre.

The school was founded not as an independent entity but as an expansion of the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. In 1919 the Adolescent School Attendance Act had made attending school compulsory until age 16, leading to a dramatic rise in secondary school enrolment. The OCI had outgrown its existing facility (now Lisgar Collegiate Institute) and constructed a new facility on what was then the outskirts of the city. The construction of "Ottawa Collegiate Institute, Glebe Building" was a slow process, and classes began in 1922 before it was complete, causing some inconveniences for students. Symbols of the OCI continue to adorn the entrance to the school. The building was officially opened in 1923.

The rivalry between Glebe and Lisgar Collegiates commenced soon after the division of the OCI. In one incident, a banquet was held at the Glebe building that included student clubs from both schools. In the middle of the meal, a food fight erupted between the two groups and only an enraged principal could persuade students to stop.

In 1974, Glebe Collegiate Institute concert and stage bands produced an album "Something gold...Something blue", and in 1978 (January 30th) produced a second album, "Glebe Stage Band" on which a third album is suggested, all under the direction of Stan Clark Sr. and John Nichols (music teachers).

Glebe's school population is 1700 students in 2012 with a total of 150 teachers.

Glebe Collegiate Institute was used in the 2008 Canadian-American drama film The Perfect Assistant.

In the 2012-2013 school year, $9,000 was raised for cancer research, more than $17,000 for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario as well as the largest food donation ever to the Centre Town Emergency Food bank.


Constructed in the early 20th century, the collegiate shows an old-fashioned architectural style that has been kept consistent despite additions to the building. The school has recently gone through extensive renovations in its science department to make the labs the most modern in the school board. Notable features of the building include an underground swimming pool, auditorium with balcony seating, and a small greenhouse on the roof. The school is a Wi-Fi zone, and all students and teachers have access to the internet via wireless devices and computers.

Notable alumni and Students (current or past)[edit]

Glebe Collegiate hockey team, 1938, including later member of National Hockey League Hall of Fame, Syd Howe

See also[edit]


  • By Ottawa Collegiate Institute. Ex-pupils' (January 12, 2010), A History Of The Ottawa Collegiate Institute 1843-1903 By Ottawa Collegiate Institute. Ex-pupils' [1], Ottawa, Ontario: BiblioLife This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ A History Of The Ottawa Collegiate Institute 1843-1903