St. Robert Catholic High School

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St. Robert Catholic High School Strob.jpg
8101 Leslie Street
Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 7P4, Canada
School board York Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Superintendent Michael Nasello
Principal Jennifer Sarna
School type IB World School High school
Grades 9-12
Language English, French
Motto Knowledge is the Beginning
Mascot Ram
Colours Forest Green, White and Black             
Founded 1975
Enrollment 1 473

St. Robert Catholic High School is a secondary school in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.


St. Robert CHS was opened by the York Catholic District School Board in 1975,[1] celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2005. St. Robert CHS is named after its patron saint, St. Robert Bellarmine. St. Robert offers special programs such as the International Baccalaureate program,[2] ESL, and Aviation Technology[3] . The enrolment averages between 1400 and 1600 students per school year.

Although the current school colours consist of forest green, white, and black, the initial school colours were orange, dark brown, and beige.

In 2009, St. Robert CHS was ranked #9 among the top secondary schools in Ontario of 725 schools that were ranked. In 2010, St. Robert CHS was ranked #10 among the top secondary schools in Ontario. In 2013, St. Robert CHS was ranked #18 among the top secondary schools in Ontario.[4]


The uniform consists of a white golf shirt with school insignia, solid black R.J. McCarthy pants, and solid black footwear for males and females. Students may also choose to wear a special green spirit sweatshirt. The spirit sweatshirt includes the name of the sport/club they participate in, their number or instrument and the first initial of their first name followed by their full surname. In 2011 the school introduced new uniforms supplied by Halpern's.


St. Robert CHS has several clubs, councils, and teams, many of which perform well in competitions.

Teams/Competitive Clubs

Casual Clubs

Councils & Committees



Students compete with other schools in the York Region in both Junior (Grades 9 and 10) and Senior (Grades 11 and 12) Divisions in the YRAA (York Region Athletic Association). As of 2014, the YRAA included 52 high schools across York Region, with most of its schools coming from either the York Catholic District School Board or the York Region District School Board, although there are several private schools involved as well.

Boys Teams

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Baseball

Girls Teams

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Slow-Pitch
  • Soccer
  • Rugby


Soccer Fields[edit]

A panoramic view of the running track located on the east side of the school's property. Since this picture was taken, a synthetic soccer field with a dome has been installed to the left on the lower field, replacing the existing portables, which were moved to the north-west side of the school. It began operation in March 2011 .

On July 6, 2009, the Town of Markham announced $3.2 million in funding for a new synthetic surface to replace one of the natural surfaces in place.[6] The field was built to FIFA standard regulations for an outdoor artificial turf field.[7] Portables in that area were relocated to the west parking lot in March 2010 in preparation for its construction. It officially opened on March 25, 2011.


A full sized soccer field was created beside the running track. During the winter season there is an air-inflated dome that is put up which covers one-third of the artificial turf field. The dome can be entered via an air-locked room and a revolving door mainly. The dome is lit by four sets of spotlights, two on each length. The remaining two-thirds are left untouched. In the spring, the dome is taken down and the entire field is no longer separated. The turf can cause minor burns similar to sulphuric acid when in contact with skin. The field is currently fenced in. There is an adjacent building for use as change rooms. The field and dome are used by the rugby and soccer teams, as well as the physical education classes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ '[1] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: Our School
  2. ^ '[2] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: IB Info
  3. ^ '[3] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: Aviation Program
  4. ^ '[4] Fraser Institute Ontario's top-ranked secondary schools 2008, ,
  5. ^
  6. ^ '[5] Thornhill soccer players get a roof and new turf
  7. ^ '[6] Markham Funding Partnership with Canada/Ontario Provides $8.3M for Recreation Infrastructure

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Coordinates: 43°49′56″N 79°22′44″W / 43.83222°N 79.37889°W / 43.83222; -79.37889