Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School

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Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
39 Dunning Avenue
Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1A2
Coordinates 43°59′27″N 79°27′45″W / 43.99083°N 79.46250°W / 43.99083; -79.46250Coordinates: 43°59′27″N 79°27′45″W / 43.99083°N 79.46250°W / 43.99083; -79.46250
School type Public
Motto Mens sana in corpore sano
(A sound mind in a sound body)
Founded 1888 (as Aurora High School)
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Gayle Brocklebank-Vincent
Area trustee Peter Adams-Luchowski
Principal Christopher Hilmer
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 663[1] (October 2016)
Language English
Colour(s) Double Blue
Mascot Wildcat
Team name Williams Wildcats
Last updated: September 2014

Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary 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. In 2005, there were approximately 1350 students from Grades 9 to 12. However, the enrolled has drastically reduced to 663 students.[2]


The school started in 1888 as Aurora High School in the building formerly occupied by the Wells Street Public School on Wells Street. The current building on Dunning Avenue was opened in 1952. Additions were placed on the Dunning Avenue school in 1956, 1967, and 1998. In 1961 the school was renamed The Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School in honour of Dr. David Garnet Wolsley Williams, a local medical doctor and former trustee of the school board. The school's chief rival is Aurora High School. G.W. Williams is one of the YRDSB's International Baccalaureate candidate schools.[3]

Events from the past[edit]

  • Free Hamburger or Hot-dog Day - A large cookoff at the end of the school year before summer break where the Williams Students' Council gives each student either a free hamburger or hot-dog.


The school's football teams are known as the "Wildcats". The team was reformed in 1984 thanks to student and staff (led by Mr. Aitken) efforts. The final season played by the Senior team was in 2011 when they played with approximately a 24 man roster. They went on to win a third YRAA Tier Two Championship over Bill Carothers S.S. As of the 2012 season there is no Senior football team.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "YRDSB Enrolment 2016-17" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Pages: IB Program". www.yrdsb.ca. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  4. ^ Canadian Ski Museum