Sir William Mulock Secondary School

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Sir William Mulock Secondary School
Mulock logo.png
705 Columbus Way
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
School board York Region District School Board
Religious affiliation Secular
Superintendent Kathy Witherow
Area trustee Martin Van Beek
Principal Sheila Hetherington
Vice principal Rosey Mastrofrancesco and Sandra Haliburton
School type Secondary school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Newmarket, Ontario
Campus Urban
Mascot Black Raven
Colours Black, White and Gold
Founded December 2001
Enrollment 1240[1] (October 2013)

Sir William Mulock Secondary School is an Ontario secondary school located at 705 Columbus Way, off Mulock Drive in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. It is one of four high schools in Newmarket under the jurisdiction of the York Region District School Board (a fifth high school, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, is under the York Catholic District School Board) and currently educates students from Grades 9 to 12. It opened its doors in December 2001. Prior to that, most of its students went to Newmarket High School. The founding students have demonstrated the initiative of character traits by creating original 'character feathers' which can be found in the main hall.

The Newmarket Citizens' Band conducts rehearsals at Sir William Mulock Secondary School.[2]


The school is named after Sir William Mulock, an important figure in Canadian politics at the end of the 19th century, leading into the 20th century.[3] He was one of the most prominent residents of Armitage, the first community established in King that has since been subsumed by Newmarket.[4]

The founding principal of SWMSS (Sir William Mulock Secondary School) was Reet Patterson. Sheila Hetherington is the current principal, and approximately 1200 students attended the school during the 2010/11 school year.

Sir William Mulock Secondary School offers a variety of programs in: Business, Laboratory Experiments, Earth & Space Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Woodworking, Co-operative Education, Lifestyles, Fashion, English, Family Studies, Geography, Law & Politics, History, Library Studies, Biology/Medical Studies, Mathematics, Modern languages - French, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian; Health, Music, Orchestral Studies, Dance, Physical Education, Science, Special Education, Technical Studies, Drama and Visual Arts.

Mulock also offers many sports teams and clubs for students. Mulock is well known for their superior Ultimate Frisbee team that has consistently excelled throughout the years, specifically the first-place finish the team brought home at the Early Bird Husky Huck tournament in April 2014.

After an almost undefeated season, Mulock went on to the York Region Athletic Association Championships and beat Newmarket High School in the final to win the tournament. This is the first time Mulock has ever won the YRAA tournament.

The school is also limited in courses compared to other secondary schools in the area; this can be attributed to the relatively short establishment period. The first graduating class was in 2004.

Feeder schools[edit]

The main feeder schools for Sir William Mulock Secondary School are:

Wireless network (Blended Learning)[edit]

Starting the 2010/2011 year, the Grade 9 students of the school participated in a new program. Students are now required to bring netbooks/laptops with wireless capabilities to classes throughout the year. After a successful first year for the program, it has been continued for the 2011/12 school year where now both the Grade 9 and Grade 10 students participate.

This new program has been introduced to create a paperless community, as well as for easier in-school researching and assignment submission.

Dress code[edit]

This is a public school therefore, the use of uniforms is not required. There is however, a dress code policy. Such inappropriate clothing include hats in school, short shorts, gang colours, and headbands over an inch thick.

School mascot[edit]

Sir William Mulock Secondary School's mascot is Billy the Raven.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report". York Region District School Board. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Would You Like To Join?". Newmarket Citizens' Band. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Our School". York Region District School Board. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Carter, Robert Terence (2011). Stories of Newmarket: An Old Ontario Town. Dundurn Press. ISBN 9781554888801. 

Coordinates: 44°1′53″N 79°28′48″W / 44.03139°N 79.48000°W / 44.03139; -79.48000