London South Collegiate Institute

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London South Collegiate Institute
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Virtus Repulsae Nescia Sordidae
"Courage will never know ignominious defeat"
371 Tecumseh Avenue East
London, Ontario, Canada
Principal Catherine Davidson
Vice principal Todd Woollings
School type Public
Campus Township
Mascot Lion
Colours Garnet and Grey          
Established 1922
Enrollment 1026[1] (31 October 2007)
Athletics 25 Interscholastic teams

London South Collegiate Institute (also known as S.C.I., South Secondary, or simply South) is a public high school in London, Ontario, Canada, located at 371 Tecumseh Avenue East.

South is administered by the Thames Valley District School Board. Approximately 1000 students attend the school in grades 9-12, which offers a co-op program. There is also a program for gifted students called the Academy Program.

The school colours are garnet and grey and the school mascot is the lion. South is known for its academic rigour and the strength of its arts program, which includes drama, visual arts, music, and dance. It is the only school in the Thames Valley District School Board that offers Latin.

The South Collegiate Alumni Association, established in 1999, organizes the school's reunions and alumni events, including annual homecoming events since 2007. South is one of the only high schools in Canada to host a homecoming with football games and a tailgate party.[2]

On May 24 to 26, 2013, South will celebrate its 85th year at the Tecumseh Avenue location with a reunion.[3]


The South football field in 2009

The school first opened in 1922 at the corner of Askin Street and Wharncliffe Road South, where Victoria Public School now lies, with 290 students and 10 teachers. The growing school moved to its current location on Tecumseh Avenue in June 1928, six years later.

School pride was a focus right from the early years. According to the school's Web site, early students recited a daily pledge: "We're here to win the day for the garnet and grey, and to London South we pledge allegiance now". The school's Latin motto, virtus repulsae nescia sordidae, means "courage will never know ignominious defeat." They are also known for their cheer: "Garnet and grey, garnet and grey, knock them down and lead the way! Hit 'em low and hit 'em high, fight 'em, fight 'em, SCI! Go, South! Fight, fight, fight!" and "(Clap, clap, clap, clap[progressively faster]) Iron 'em out! Iron 'em out! Iron 'em out! Iron 'em out! Smoooooth!"[citation needed]


Between 2005 and 2007, the rubber gym floor was replaced by a new wood floor, partly due to the success of the "Roar for the Floor" fundraising campaign. An outdoor scoreboard was also installed with money raised. In the summer of 2007, the field was revamped, with new sod, a sprinkler system, new football nets, bleachers, a paved track, new fence, and several portable classrooms removed. The field renovations was paid for donations from alumnus Matt Giffen, and was named - in memory of his father - the James A. Giffen Memorial Field.

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Coordinates: 42°58′8.5″N 81°14′32.0″W / 42.969028°N 81.242222°W / 42.969028; -81.242222