Aurora High School (Ontario)

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Aurora High School
Aurora high school logo.png
155 Wellington Street West
Aurora, Ontario, L4G 2P4
Coordinates 43°59′49″N 79°28′47″W / 43.99694°N 79.47972°W / 43.99694; -79.47972Coordinates: 43°59′49″N 79°28′47″W / 43.99694°N 79.47972°W / 43.99694; -79.47972
School type High school
Motto Nothing But Our Best
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1972
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Becky Green
Area trustee Peter Adams-Luchowski
School number 892998
Principal Mary Lawlis
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1262[1] (October 2016)
Language English and French immersion
Colour(s) Red and gold
Mascot Golden Eagle
Last updated: June 2015

Aurora High School is one of five high schools in Aurora, Ontario, and is one of two under the jurisdiction of the York Region District School Board. It serves students from Grades 9 to 12. Aurora High School has a strong French immersion program, and serves as the feeder school for many local French immersion public schools. This includes Aurora, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Oak Ridges, and King City[2]


The original Aurora High School was on built on Wells Street in 1892. This school became The Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School in 1961. In 1972, a different, totally separate high school opened on Wellington Street and was given Dr. Williams S.S.'s first name.

School colours and mascot[edit]

The school colours are red and gold, and the mascot is an eagle. The original mascot of the school was the Golden Gopher but the gopher was buried in the back field and replaced by the eagle in June 1985.

Interesting facts[edit]

Former prime minister Paul Martin visited the school on November 9, 2005, to talk about various topics, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and politics. Singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk visited Aurora High in January 2000. She sang the song "Leaving on a Jet Plane" with Aurora band the Amazing Circus Midgets and spoke about her career. John-Michael Scapin, winner of CBC's Triple Sensation, attended this school. Christine Horne attended this school.

In 2005, The Senior Boys Cross Country Team won the gold medal in the OFSAA Championships. This capped an impressive career for the squad which included winning the YRAA gold medals three years running (2003–2005), the most decorated and successful single team in any sport in the recent history of the school.

In 2007, Kaitlyn Oliver won an OFSAA gold medal in cross country. In 2008, she also won an OFSAA gold medal in the 3000m and an OFSAA silver medal in cross country. Rob Denault won OFSAA gold medals in the 1500m in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Collectively, they both won numerous YRAA gold medals in both cross country and track throughout their four years at the school. In Fall 2015, Cameron Ormond was the OFSAA Cross Country Female Champion at the Midget level.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Varsity Women's Ice Hockey team qualified for OFSAA.

Since 2007, the Varsity Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team has secured numerous York Region Championships and seven OFSAA Gold Team Championships. In 2008, the Varsity Boys Snowboard Team won Gold at OFSAA and in both the 2010 and 2011 season, the Varsity Boys Level One Alpine Ski Team won Gold at OFSAA. In 2010, the Varsity Girls and Boys Snowboard Team took Bronze at OFSAA and in 2012, the Varsity Boys Snowboard Team took Silver. In 2015, the Varsity Alpine Boy's Snowboard Team and Varsity Alpine Girl's Ski Team garnered Silver at OFSAA and the Varsity Girls' Snowboard Team were OFSAA Champions. Prior to this stellar history, the last time that the Alpine Team won at OFSSA was in 2000, when the Level One Boys Alpine Ski Team took Gold at OFSAA. And, since 2016, another four OFSAA Golds have been won by the Girls Ski Team and the Girls Snowboard Team. The coaches are already gearing up for the 2017/2018 season.

In 2012, the Robotics club won second place in the 2012 Robofest World championship in the Senior Exhibition division.[3]

Student Council[edit]

The school has a very strong and influential Student Council, reelected each year by the student body. The Student Council is elected in two stages. The first being by the students of Aurora High and the other within the current council and the newly elected council.

Music Department[edit]

The school has a very strong arts program, though most of the focus is on its music program.[4] The music department has several ensembles led by Teri Fowler, and Peter Milne.[5] These include:

  • Acapella
  • Choir
  • Grade Nine Concert Band
  • Grade Nine Jazz Band
  • Grade Ten Concert Band
  • Grade Ten Jazz Band
  • Grade Eleven Concert Band
  • Grade Twelve Concert Band
  • Senior Stage Band
  • Senior Jazz Band

In addition to these ensembles, the music department also has a Music Council,[6] in which students and teachers plan for music-related events that the department has to offer, such as:

  • Halloween Social
  • Santa Under the Stars Parade
  • Winter Concerts
  • Movie/Game night
  • Coffee House
  • Spring Concert
  • Banquet

Clubs and Departments[edit]

The school has many clubs include:

  • Anime Club
  • Announcement Team
  • Art Council
  • Athletic Council
  • D.E.C.A.
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Council
  • Eco Schools Club
  • Eco Council
  • Equity Council
  • Film Club
  • G.S.A. (Gay/Straight Alliance)
  • Games Club
  • Gomoku Club
  • Investment Club
  • Law Club
  • Mathematics Competition
  • Mental Health Council
  • Music Council
  • Native Studies Club
  • O.S.A.I.D. (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving)
  • Red and Gold Society
  • Robotics/Computers Club
  • Semi and Prom Council
  • S.T.A.N.D.
  • S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Sound/Stage Crew
  • Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Student Council
  • Students For Global Issues
  • Tuesday Painters
  • Visual Arts Council
  • Youth Alive

Aurora High School has a wide range of athletics activities and teams such as:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canada's first High School Adventure Racing team
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swim team
  • Track/cross country
  • Volleyball
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tennis

See also[edit]