Markville Secondary School

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Markville Secondary School
MarkvilleSS logo.png
Living, Sharing and Learning Together
1000 Carlton Road
Markham, Ontario, L3P 7P5, Canada
Coordinates 43°52′37″N 79°17′16″W / 43.87694°N 79.28778°W / 43.87694; -79.28778
School number 924849[1]
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Daniel Wu
Area trustee Ada Yeung
Principal Stephen Bewcyk
Vice principal Vanessa Wonnacott
Paull Simmons
School type High school
Grades 9–12
Language English
Mascot The Maverick
Team name Markville Mavericks
Colours Blue and Green         
Founded 1990
Enrollment 1237[2] (October 2013)
Provincial Ranking (2012-13)[3] 11 / 740
Provincial Ranking (5 years)[3] 46 / 691
OSSLT 2013 pass rate (first-time eligible)[3] 97.0%

Markville Secondary School (commonly known as MSS or Markville) is a public high school located in the community of Unionville within the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 32 high schools administered by the York Region District School Board.


Markville S.S. is located in an area that was developed by the Melchior Quantz family of Germany in the city of Markham who also came to North America with William Berczy. The terrain map of 1860 shows five houses fronting on present day McCowan Road, all of which were inhabited by members of the family, the senior member of which was George B. Quantz and his wife, Jane Bradburn.[4] The original name given to the school was Quantztown Secondary School, but was later changed to Markville Secondary School, named after the shopping mall nearby, Markville Shopping Centre.

Markville S.S. was officially opened in 1990. In 1996, an addition to the third floor provided a new math and computer wing. A child-care centre, Markville Child Care Centre, is operated by Family Day Care Services.


Communications Technology[edit]

The CT department of Markville S.S. led by Mr. Wineberg, has won numerous awards, for creating public service announcements regarding topics like drinking and driving. One of these awards was a 25 cent coin that was launched at the school.[citation needed]


As of 2009, teachers Adrienne Chong, Rob Cotey and Mark Melnyk have received the Prime Minister's Award of Teaching Excellence.[5] They teach Canadian and World History, World Politics and World Religions in grades 10 to 12. The team gives students a voice while equipping them with the knowledge to become responsible and active citizens both in the school community and the world.[5]


Each year, the music students of Markville compete in several Music Festivals. These include festivals such as OBA (Ontario Band Association), Kiwanis Music Festival, and Music Alive. In addition to these festivals, two concerts are held at the Markham Theatre. The first concert called "Festive Sounds" is during the winter season, while the second concert called "Markville Pops" is during the spring season.

Markville offers many music courses for grades 9 through 12.

  • Concert Band/Strings
  • Symphonic Band/Strings
  • Senior Band/Strings
  • Senior String
  • Chamber Choir
  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Music Theatre
  • Music and Computers
  • Jazz Band/Choir
  • Keyboard Class
  • Guitar Class

Peer Tutoring[edit]

Markville's own students volunteer to help tutor others in subjects such as French and Math. Markville recognizes students' abilities in academics. Through this program, peer tutors receive volunteer hours which is required in order to graduate from high school, while helping others succeed in their academic learning.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Sport Teams[edit]

Markville offers sports teams for both boys and girls in all grades. All sport teams are extra-curricular, therefore not mandatory for students to participate in, but is highly encouraged. Some sports require tryouts, while others do not depending on the amount of students trying out or whether the team requires one. In order for a student to participate, they must be able to keep up with school work and maintain a good average. Away games, tournaments, or meets will require students to miss part of or a full day of school in order to participate.

Sport Teams include:

  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Field Hockey
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Ski/Snowboard
  • Cross Country
  • Ping Pong
  • Soccer
  • Curling

For all participating athletes, they are invited to attend the Athletic Ceremony held yearly to commemorate stand-out athletes, hand-out awards, and recognize the team effort to represent Markville.

In Spring of 2009, the Markville Secondary School junior and senior Rugby teams won the Tier 2 championships for York Region District School Board. The junior Rugby team went undefeated throughout the entire season without a single try or conversion scored against them.


Markville has a wide variety of clubs to join, for everyone with different interests.

  • Student Activity Council
  • Music Council
  • Athletic Council
  • Young Activist Club
  • Art club
  • Caring and Sharing Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Science Club
  • Boys Club
  • Girls Club
  • DECA
  • Entrepreneurs club
  • Ambassadors Club
  • Drama Club
  • Spoken Word
  • White Pine Reading Program
  • Healthy Living Club (iLive)
  • Weight/Fitness Club
  • Prom Committee
  • Dance Club
  • Translator Club
  • True Vine Christian Fellowship
  • Unplugged Christian Fellowship
  • The Voice: Student Newspaper
  • Character in Action (CIA)
  • Bowling Club
  • Game Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Trial
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Markville SOSA
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Film Productions Club

Feeder Schools[edit]

  • Central Park Public School
  • James Robinson Public School
  • Ramer Wood Public School
  • Unionville Public School
  • Unionville Meadows Public School

The Grade 8 Gifted students who reside south of 19th Ave., north of Steeles Ave., east of Highway 404, and west of McCowan Road who wish to continue their gifted education will attend Markville.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]