General Amherst High School

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General Amherst High School
130 Sandwich Street
Amherstburg, Ontario, N9V 1Z8
Coordinates 42°06′24″N 83°06′40″W / 42.106744°N 83.11103°W / 42.106744; -83.11103
Motto lux sit
Founded 1922
School board Greater Essex County District School Board
Superintendent Sharon Pyke
Principal Hazel Keefner
Grades 9 to 12
Language English
Area Amherstburg and southwestern Essex County
Colour(s) Black and Gold
Mascot Jeffery the Bulldog
Team name Bulldogs

General Amherst High School is a high school in the southwestern Ontario town of Amherstburg. The school is known for its significant contributions to volunteer work, raising funds for cancer research, student leadership, athletic powerhouses, bright students and gifted academia.


Bulldogs goalie during 2014-15 season.

General Amherst High School is the home of the Bulldogs, which became the school's official mascot in 1994 (they were previously known as the Generals). GAHS has been recognized for a number of causes, including (but not limited to): the Canadian record of per capita student contributions in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, championships in football, hockey, basketball, track & field, wrestling, tennis, cross country and volleyball; the recipient of several Essex County "Student Prime Minister of the Year" awards (2004, 2005, & 2009) and high rankings in the University of Waterloo Fermat Mathematics competition. General Amherst High School is considered to be one of the more reputable all-around secondary schools in the Windsor/Essex County region; in a 2007 survey of Ontario schools based on academic and all-around performance, General Amherst ranked 29th out of 664.


General Amherst High School (circa 1922) Amherstburg, Ontario

The school is named after Jeffery Amherst, who was commander of the British armed forces in North America during the Seven Years' War. The school's construction began in 1921, and completed in 1922. Previously, students in the Amherstburg area who wanted to continue their education past elementary school had to go to the town of Essex, where they were required to pay room and board during the school term.

The following have been Principals of General Amherst High School since 1922, the year it opened:

  • 1922 to 1926 - Mr. Norman Davies
  • 1926 to 1960 - Mr. Walter K. Sidey
  • 1960 to 1962 - Mr. A. A. Martin
  • 1962 to 1969 - Mr. Reg Cozens
  • 1969 to 1987 - Mr. Jack Wilson
  • 1987 to 1989 - Mr. Cliff Pattison
  • 1989 to 1991 - Mr. Rod Paulin
  • 1991 to 1996 - Mr. Reg Simpson
  • 1996 to 1998 - Mr. John Corbett
  • 1998 to 2002 - Mr. Tom Halliwill
  • 2002 to 2009 - Mr. Patrick Catton
  • 2009 to 2012 - Mrs. Mary Edwards
  • 2012 to present - Ms. Keefner


Bulldogs player during 2014-15 season.

Since its inception, General Amherst has had a reputation as a powerhouse for its athletics program. Most notably, the Sr. Girls Basketball team has broken numerous Ontario records, including the capture of 9 consecutive OFSAA medals (as of 2012) led by longtime coach Dom Silvaggio. The Lady Gens captured their 10th straight WECSSAA title on November 9, 2012 followed by their 9th straight SWOSSAA title on November 20, 2012. The team was defeated by St. Catharines St. Francis in the 2012 OFSAA championship game, missing out on back-to-back gold medals by 2 points.[citation needed]

The Senior Boys Football team captured two straight OFSAA West Bowl Championships in 2 years (2006 & 2007), while the school also took home OFSAA gold medals in Girls Volleyball (2005 & 2009) and Men's Hockey (2003). In the spring of 2009, the Girls Softball team captured the Provincial Championship for the first time in school history.[citation needed]

The school offers a wide variety of sports teams that compete against other GECDSB high schools within the WECSSAA classification. The competitive teams at Amherst include:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Badminton
  • Curling
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

Student Council[edit]

General Amherst has long been known throughout Ontario for its strong leadership and Student Council activities. The structure upon which the student parliament and its constitution are organized has been used as a model for other area secondary schools in the region for over two decades. The following is a table of the student council's Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers since the 1993-1994 school year:

School Year Prime Minister Deputy PM
2016-2017 Ruben Tar Miya Taylor
2015-2016 Dani Leroux Darby Roland
2014-2015 Trent Sparling Michael Andrews
2013-2014 Linsey (Mee Jeong) Lim Hayley Bartlam
2012-2013 Michael West Alex Leroux
2011-2012 Scott Sanger Nick Jones
2010-2011 Katherine Deluca Meaghan Marton
2009-2010 Blair Connelly Katherine Deluca
2008-2009 Sean Robinson* Brett Hedges
2007-2008 Chris Janssen Evan Barnes
2006-2007 Camille Dipaolo Daniella Danese
2005-2006 Justin Mackie Derek Renaud**
2004-2005 Robert Ouellette* Kurt Kraler
2003-2004 Charlie Simpkins* Wes Ewer
2002-2003 Lindsay Thrasher Melissa Danese
2001-2002 Dave W. Ouellette Victor Kielbasa
2000-2001 Dave W. Ouellette (none)
1999-2000 Natasha DiNardo Peter Bortignon
1998-1999 Adam Bramburger Jennifer Wilson
1997-1998 Krista Sampson Melissa DiCarlo
1996-1997 Andria Del Rizzo Adam Bramburger
1995-1996 Stacey Grant Andria Del Rizzo
1994-1995 Dave Brewin Adam Dukelow
1993-1994 Adam Dukelow Dave Brewin
(*) denotes recipient of GECDSB Prime Minister of the Year award
(**) denotes recipient of GECDSB Deputy Prime Minister of the Year award

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. General Amherst High School
  2. - Corporation of the Town of Amherstburg.
  3. - Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association.