John McCrae Secondary School

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John McCrae Secondary School
103 Malvern Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4T2, Canada
School board Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Principal Tom Schultz
Vice principal Marion Verhallen
Chris Noxon
Chief custodian Todd St. Amour
School type Public High School
Grades 9-12
Language English, French
Campus Suburban
Mascot Bulldog
Team name The Bulldogs
Colours Navy, Gold         
Founded 1999
Enrollment 905 (September 2011)
Feeder schools Cedarview Middle School
List of Ottawa schools

John McCrae Secondary School is a public secondary school in Nepean, Ontario, Canada. It supports grades 9-12. Built in 1999, it was the public high school in Barrhaven, replacing its predecessor, Confederation High School. John McCrae is attached to the Walter Baker Sports Centre. It offers an array of activities for students such as squash, swimming, weightlifting and a library.

The school is built on a hill in a residential neighbourhood in old Barrhaven.

The school is named for Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD, a Canadian poet and doctor during World War I who wrote the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

The school performs a musical every other year. Past years musicals have included "Lucky Stiff", "Zombie Prom", "High School Musical"", and "The Butler did it Singing". In 2012, the school performed "Back to the 80s".


John McCrae has a variety of sports teams, including Curling, Field Hockey, Golf, Hockey, Field Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Touch Football, Football, Track & Field, Swimming, Varsity Girls Rugby, Varsity Girls Touch Football, Tennis, Water Polo, Badminton, and Baseball. In 2012, the Senior Boys Soccer team won the OFSAA championships after going undefeated throughout the whole season.


A thriving Link Crew program is part of John McCrae's school culture. Members of this group mentor incoming Grade 9 students and also organize school-wide events throughout the year, such as the Haunted House, Remembrance Day Ceremony, and Santa's Workshop.

John McCrae is also the only school in the OCDSB to offer the High Performance Athlete program, which "supports the educational accommodations of students who are striving to compete at the Provincial, National and International level in their respective sports. It was put in place in recognition that these talented student athletes required unique programming accommodation and flexibility so that they may attain the high standards demanded in their field and still receive a high quality education." [1]


  • The grade 12 drama class stages a play most years
  • The Core (Christian fellowship)
  • GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
  • Intramural Sports
  • Badminton Club
  • Jewish Culture Club
  • Multicultural Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Philosophy Club
  • Live it Up
  • Student Action Group
  • Bulldog Musical Theatre (Musical Production)
  • Student Council
  • Link Crew
  • Eco Club
  • Improv Club
  • Free the Children
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Various Combo bands


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Coordinates: 45°16′45″N 75°45′45″W / 45.27917°N 75.76250°W / 45.27917; -75.76250