Lorne Park Secondary School
|Lorne Park Secondary School|
Portam Futuro Aperimus
Opening the Doors to the Future
|1324 Lorne Park Road
Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 3B1, Canada
|School board||Peel District School Board|
|Area trustee||Brad Macdonald|
|Vice Principals||Christine Bellerose
|School type||Public High school|
|Language||English, Extended French|
|Mascot||Truscott the Spartan|
|Colours||Red and Grey|
|Founded||June 1, 1958|
|Enrollment||1116 (September 2013 )|
|Special programs||Regional Enhanced Program
Extended French program
When the population of Peel County began experiencing a population explosion in the 1950s, the secretary-treasurer for the South Peel Board of Education began negotiations to purchase land for a new school to be built on a 13½ acre site at the price of $32,469 CAD. Construction on the school began in 1957, and the total cost of the school (including the land) was $752,569.
Billed as a very modern design when the school opened for students in January 1958, the main feature of the school, facing south onto Lorne Park Road, was a suspended concrete canopy with two-story windows. The school opened with 272 students and 16 teachers.
While not in use presently, a firing range exists in the basement of the school (beneath the small gymnasium). It was built in order to secure extra funding during the Cold War period so that students could have a suitable area to practice in. When such a use became obscure, the firing range housed the drama department's props and costumes. It was permanently closed and removed from official architectural plans because of the archaic lead paint on its walls.
In 1973, Lorne Park was the first school in the Peel Board of Education to offer full-credit semestering. The success of the experiment led to the extension of semestering to most schools in Peel by 1976.
The school population peaked in 1979, when Lorne Park had a teaching staff of 92 and 1,647 students in a building designed for 1,420. The current student population stands at 1,152 students. It is one of five designated centres of the Peel Regional Enhanced Program, catering to gifted students from across southern Mississauga. Lorne Park also hosts an Extended French program. Its feeder schools are Hillcrest Public School, Tecumseh Public School, Green Glade Senior Public School (also the Extended French program feeder), St. Christopher Catholic School, Allan A. Martin Public School and St. Luke Catholic School. Enhanced program feeders includes Hillside Public School.
Lorne Park has a variety of athletic programs, including football, cross-country, rugby, and women's lacrosse teams. They have produced several OFSAA and ROPSSAA champions in women's lacrosse, cross-country, track and field, boys' and girls' hockey, field hockey, basketball, skiing, badminton, football, baseball, swimming, rugby and tennis. The junior cross-country ski team was 2007 OFSAA champions.
Lorne Park conducts both Senior and Junior football programs. Both teams have been consistently competitive within the region since the 1960s. In 2000 the Spartans captured the Metro Bowl, when they prevailed over Notre Dame (Burlington) 11-0 at the Rogers Centre. Numerous graduates have gone on to play at Canadian University level. Graduates have also played at the CFL level and one former player competed within the NFL, Klaus Wilmsmeyer. Another former student Brent Urban won a football scholarship to The University of Virginia in 2009 and in 2014 was invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine and as of this writing is projected to be drafted early in the 2014 NFL draft.
Lorne Park had multiple Ropssaa championships at both Junior and Senior levels as well as tournament wins in the Red Hot Rugby Tournament and the 7's tournament held at Fletcher's Fields. In 2009, after winning the Region of Peel Championships (ROPSSAA) the Senior Spartan team lost in the finals of the OFSAA (Ontario) championships to Lindsay C.I. In 2010, the Spartans returned as Peel Champions. After going through most of the season ranked #4 in Ontario, the Spartans achieved the #1 ranking going into the OFSAA championships. In the 3 day tournament the Lorne Park Spartans ultimately defeated Uxbridge in the finals to win the OFSAA title. This senior team had a 2 year record of 43-1. Some of the players from this team represented Ontario and Canada in National and International competitions. The team was recognized by the Mississauga Sports Council annual Sports Dinner as the High School Team of the Year for their accomplishments in 2010. In 2011,the Junior Spartans won the ROPSSAA championship against Streetsville with a score of 10-8. In 2013 and 2014 both Junior and Senior Spartan teams won their respective ROPSSAA championships. Also in 2014, the Junior Spartan team won the Barbarian Cup for the first time in Lorne Park history.
In 2007 there were two teams, Seniors and Juniors. Both won ROPSSAA. The Seniors placed 13th in Midwest Schools Lacrosse Association (MSLA) at Erie and won Bronze in the (OFSAA-sanctioned) Provincial Cup in Peterborough. In 2006 and 2005 Lorne Park's Varsity, Junior Varsity and Rookie teams all swept ROPSSAA. As well, Varsity came 4th in the Provincial Cup tournament in both years and in 2006 also placed 8th in the MSLA at Detroit. 2008 saw a rebirth of the rookie team. 80 girls played on all 3 teams with the Varsity team winning their 4th ROPSSAA title in a row. The junior "A" team repeated as the Jr. Varsity Champions after an undefeated season while the junior "B" team won the bronze medal.
Lorne Park's varsity baseball team won OFSAA baseball's Prentice Cup in 2005, competing at the Rogers Centre against top teams from across the province. This victory came after a defeat in the Prentice Cup Semi-Finals the year before.
Clubs and Extracurriculars
Lorne Park offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. The Lorne Park Model United Nations team is ranked consistently high at NHSMUN in New York City, and the Southern Ontario Model United Nations.
The Music program, specifically the Senior Concert band, consistently performs among the top schools in the country every year, particularly at MusicFest Canada.
Lorne Park's student government is made up of the Student Activity Council (SAC). Additional areas of student representation at the school include the Athletic Council, Enhanced Council, and French Council.
Lorne Park is also home to a variety of clubs such as: Gay Straight Alliance, Debate Club, SAVE (Students Against the Violation of the Environment), Chess Club, KARMA (anti-bullying club), Mentors, Prefects, Drama Exec, Music Exec, Improv Club, Anime Club, Animal Welfare, Free the Children, and Mental Health Club.
Events that usually run at the school include:
- Mentor Day: A student orientation-style event where Grade 9s are taken out of class to meet their classmates and be introduced to the school.
- Friday Night Lights: A nighttime home football game open to the Lorne Park community.
- Terry Fox Run
- Halloween: Students wear costumes to school and participate in a costume contest.
- Birthday Day: Celebration of the school's "birthday" with free cake provided for students.
- Valentine's Day: Matchmaking and other romance-themed activities
- Castle Building: Students collect non-perishable foods in a December food drive and compete to build the most interesting castle with them.
- Spartan Spirit Day: Students dress in school colours to promote school spirit
- Photos with Santa
- Cancer Week: A week of fundraising for cancer research
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Athletic Banquet: Athletes celebrate their successes over the past year
- Arts Banquet: Musicians, Artists, and Performers celebrate their successes over the past year
- School Musical (Performed every two years)
- Sleepover Day: Students wear pyjamas to school
Individual school clubs also run other events throughout the year.
- Nima Arkani-Hamed, physicist and professor
- Silken Laumann, Olympic rower
- Suzie McNeil, Vocalist
- Ryan O'Marra, World Junior Hockey player, New York Islanders draft pick (2005)
- Bev Oda, former federal politician and cabinet minister
- Mike Hough, NHL Hockey Player, Captain of Quebec Nordiques
- John Roberts, Fox News Channel correspondent
- Brad Templeton (class of 78), UseNet pioneer
- Ty Templeton (class of 80), Comic-book artist and writer
- Klaus Wilmsmeyer, NFL Football Player
- Nathan LaFayette, NHL Hockey Player
- Matt Kudu, CFL Football Player
- Steve Pinizzotto Washington Capitals free agent signing (2007)
- Ryan Strome, NHL Hockey Player, New York Islanders draft pick (2011) 5th overall
- Mark Irwin, Hollywood Cinematographer
- Carol Swallow (class of 78), surgical oncologist and Head of the Division of General Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto
- "About Us". Lorne Park Secondary School. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- "History". Lorne Park Secondary School. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- "Sports Teams". Lorne Park Secondary School. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Klaus Wilmsmeyer". databaseFootball.com. databaseSports. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- Colpitts, Iain (9 Jun 2011). "Stars honoured at Sports Dinner". The Mississauga News.
- Lorne Park Secondary School official website
- Lorne Park Matters - Alumni website and newsletter
- Lorne Park Secondary School Info Page from the Peel District School Board