London South Collegiate Institute
|London South Collegiate Institute|
Virtus Repulsae Nescia Sordidae
"Courage will never know ignominious defeat"
|371 Tecumseh Avenue East
London, Ontario, Canada
|Vice principal||Todd Woollings|
|Colours||Garnet and Grey|
|Enrollment||1026 (31 October 2007)|
|Athletics||25 Interscholastic teams|
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.
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!"
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.
- Dan Brodbeck, record producer
- David Brodbeck, psychologist
- Charles "Chuck" Dalton, Olympic basketball player
- Chris Doty, filmmaker, journalist
- Rob Drummond, NHL hockey player, Colorado Avalanche
- Robert Ford, diplomat, poet
- Ray Getliffe, former NHL hockey player, Montreal Canadiens
- Shuman Ghosemajumder, Google executive, entrepreneur
- John Glassford, CFL football player, Ottawa Rough Riders
- Dennis Goulden, Emmy Award-winning producer
- Dianne Haskett, former mayor, London, Ontario
- Vaughn Martin, NFL football player, Miami Dolphins
- Kate Nelligan, Oscar-nominated actress, The Prince of Tides
- Alex Pierzchalski, CFL player
- Walter Stewart, journalist
- John Krisak, co-founder, Canadian Lyceum of Greece, English, 1980s-90s
- Marion Woodman, Jungian psychologist, English, 1950s-70s
- Welwyn Wilton Katz, children's author, Mathematics, 1970s
- Lesley Thompson, Olympic athlete
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