Cairine Wilson Secondary School

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Cairine Wilson Secondary School
Cairine Wilson HS from parking lot.jpg
975 Orleans Boulevard

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Coordinates45°28′57″N 75°32′23″W / 45.48237°N 75.53985°W / 45.48237; -75.53985Coordinates: 45°28′57″N 75°32′23″W / 45.48237°N 75.53985°W / 45.48237; -75.53985
MottoCarpe Diem
(Seize the Day)
School boardOttawa Carleton District School Board
SuperintendentFrance Thibault
Area trusteeKeith Penny
PrincipalJennifer Tremblay
Enrollment850~ students
Colour(s)Blue and Orange         
MascotWilly the Wildcat
Team nameWildcats
Feeder schoolsTerry Fox ES, Henry Larsen ES, Emily Carr MS, Heritage ES, Trillium ES
Public transit accessOC Transpo Route 131

Cairine Wilson Secondary School is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is the main English language school in the eastern suburb of Orleans. It is located on 975 Orleans Boulevard in the northern edge of the suburb, near the Ottawa River. The school opened in 1975. It was named after Cairine Wilson, Canada's first female Senator. The school is currently home to some 750 students. Its sports teams are known as the Wildcats.

Cairine Wilson SS is known for its strong academic success with roughly 98% of students graduating to higher education (53% being Ontario Scholars). It offers many enriched and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for those looking to get ahead. AP is a program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive university credit for their work during high school.

Cairine Wilson SS is also well known for its excellent athletics program with over 11 sports teams that are regular top contenders in the National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association. This also includes an amazing rowing team who has competed in many national events. Most of all, Cairine Wilson's once had a nationally renowned leadership programs, Voices and LINK Crew attracts students from all over the east end. Other notable programs are

  • French Immersion
  • Outdoor Education
  • Transportation Technology(Auto-shop)
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Comparative World Religions and Philosophy
  • Law and Business
  • Fine Arts including Visual Arts, Drama, Integrated theatrical production course, Instrumental music
  • Physical Education
  • Family studies
  • Co-operative Placements
  • Computer Technology, Media studies, Yearbook
  • Integrated cross curricular Character Education program


On Thursday, April 20, 2000 a 15-year-old boy entered the school with a kitchen knife (steak knife) in his backpack, which he brought from home.[1][2] The boy could not be named due to the Young Offenders Act after being charged with one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a weapon and one count of possessing a dangerous weapon.[1][2]

The incident began with an argument during lunch hour, outside the library on the second floor.[1][2] The boy threatened a fellow student before finally stabbing him with a knife.[1][2] The boy then ran through the school and stabbed another student, while a third student was stabbed by the computer room and two more inside the room.[2] One of the victims was a technician who was stabbed in the back. The principal at the time, Michael Jordan, talked the teenaged boy down and convinced him to give up the knife,[1][2] but not before attempting to inflict wounds on his own wrists.[1]

The boy was afterwards described as a "loner" and had often been bullied and teased about his appearance.[1][2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

All are retired NHL players unless otherwise noted.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Violence, fear hit Canada's schools". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Boy charged with Ontario school stabbing". Retrieved 2016-02-24.

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