Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (St. Catharines)

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Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Facta non Verba
101 Glen Morris Drive
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2T 2N1, Canada
School number 238
School board District School Board of Niagara
Principal Ms. Carol Purcer
Vice principal Ms. Janice Sargeant, Mr. Neil Sheard
School type Secondary school
Grades 9-12
Language English, French Immersion
Area Glenridge, Ontario
Mascot Bulldog
Colours Navy Blue and Gold         
Founded 1959
Enrollment Approximately 1600 (September 8th, 2013)

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School is a secondary school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 8 public high schools in St. Catharines, and is located in the Glenridge area of the city. It is administered by the District School Board of Niagara.


Sir Winston was founded in 1959, and named after the British Prime Minister, known mainly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II.


Sir Winston Churchill has several teams, including a football team. On top of the football team they have a swimming team, a cross country team, track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse as well as a few other teams.


Sir Winston Churchill won the St. Catharines City Championship 3 years in a row (2007,2008,2009).


Sir Winston Churchill has had a few great years of volleyball. Winning city championships four years in a row (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and reached the provincial finals at OFSAA in 2009. Sir Winston Churchill regained their reputation as a solid volleyball school when the Senior Boys Volleyball team captured the Zone 4 title for AAA Volleyball in 2012, 2013, and 2014 while advancing to SOSSA for three years in a row. They have had a few players go on to compete at the university level, Queen's University, McMaster University, the University of Guelph and Sacred Heart University to name a few.


It's campus contains a football/soccer/lacrosse field, a track, a parking lot, and a two-story building. The building includes a gymnasium with multiple changing rooms for boys and girls as well as showers, a weight room, and an auditorium. A brand new two-level cafeteria was unveiled in the 2011-2012 school year. The old cafeteria has been converted into a larger library, while the old library has been converted into two classrooms. Furthermore, there are now elevators available for the use of injured or handicapped students.

The school is one of the most technology-based schools in the area, having classes such as Communications Technology (Com-Tech) and hosting a Specialist High Skills Major program in Film and Television Production. The school recently opened a new broadcast studio on the main floor, outfitted with studio lighting and high definition video cameras, that is used to broadcast the morning announcements - a student-run program called SWC NEWS.

The school is also built on the same plans as another school in the city, Laura Secord Secondary School, located only 6.3 km away.



Team Winston (known as The Sir Winston Churchill Robodogs until the beginning of the 2013/2014 season) has been competing in the First Technology Challenge (2007-2009) and the VEX robotics competitions (2009–Present). They have competed in the world championships six times (2008-2011 and 2013-2014). While participating in the championship, the team place 8th in 2008, and then they took 3rd place in both 2009 and 2010, however they did not get picked for the elimination stages during the 2011 championship and did not qualify for the 2012 championship. The team went on to compete in the 2013 and 2014 championships, not getting picked for eliminations in 2013, but were picked in 2014 before being knocked out in division quarter-finals. This club is run by Some of the Technology teachers at the school, with previous students and parents helping when needed. As of the 2013/2014 year, the club has 5 robots registered: 211A, 211S, 211W, 211C and 211Z.


Schoolreach is a competition between schools based on knowledge of trivia. Sir Winston Churchill's Reach team has been very successful in years past.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Malin Åkerman (1995), Swedish-Canadian actress and model
  • Janis A. Barlow (1973), theater consultant, recipient of the League of Historic American Theaters 2008 award for individual contributions in the preservation, restoration and sustainable operation of historic theaters[citation needed]
  • Barry E.C. Boothman (1968), business historian and authority on corporate failure, Professor and Associate Dean at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Business Administration
  • Allan Cain (1968), architect, recipient of the Order of Canada Award for his humanitarian work in Angola and other developing nations
  • Doug Favell (1965), NHL goalie. Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Leslie J. M. Green (1973), authority on jurisprudence and political theory, Professor of Law, Balliol College University of Oxford
  • Paul Jenkins (1965), Senior Deputy Governor and Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Canada (his signature is on the right-hand side of all Canadian paper money)
  • Daniel Livermore (1965), retired, Government of Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, headed the Human Rights Division, the Peacekeeping Operations Division and the Policy Planning Staff for the International Security Affairs
  • Wade MacNeil (2000), one of the guitarists, vocalists and founding members of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire
  • John Moffat (1965), visual artist, Curator of the Canadian Art Collection for Foreign Affairs[citation needed]
  • Roger Smith (1969), reporter, CTV News
  • Keith Makubuya (2009), Canadian Professional Soccer Player for Toronto FC
  • Mark Steenhuis (1996), National Lacrosse League (Buffalo Bandits) and Major League Lacrosse Player (Hamilton Nationals)
  • Jennifer Barr (1994) Gemini award winning TV Producer, [Hockey Night In Canada ]
  • Graham Epp (1972), Founder and CEO, The Directive Religion Inc., a Canada corporation using the trademark phrase "Best proofs. Best rewards." and teaching the concepts of natural continuation, eternal purpose. (Incorporated 2012) Also an aspiring amateur song writer.
  • Tammy Homolka, murder victim of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo.


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Coordinates: 43°08′26″N 79°13′40″W / 43.14053°N 79.227819°W / 43.14053; -79.227819