Grand River Collegiate Institute

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Grand River Collegiate Institute
Grand River CI Kitchener.jpg
175 Indian Road
Kitchener, Ontario, N2B 2S7
Coordinates 43°27′27″N 80°26′14″W / 43.4574°N 80.4372°W / 43.4574; -80.4372Coordinates: 43°27′27″N 80°26′14″W / 43.4574°N 80.4372°W / 43.4574; -80.4372
School type High School
Founded 1966
School board Waterloo Region District School Board
Superintendent Greg Bereznik
Principal Mrs. Tyrrell[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,535[citation needed]
Language English and French (Extended)
Area Stanley Park
Colour(s) Gold, Blue, and White             
Mascot Bandit
Team name Renegades

Grand River Collegiate Institute is a public secondary school in Kitchener, Ontario. The school is located at 175 Indian Road. It is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. Grand River's principal is Deborah Tyrrell.

Grand River's sports teams are known as the Renegades (commonly shortened to the "Rens").

As the fifth collegiate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Grand River Collegiate (GRCI) was built on Indian Road near the Grand River on Kitchener's east end. "Grand River" was chosen in favour of other names like Parkwood, Sand Hills, as the name for the new school. GRCI officially opened on September 6, 1966, with about 850 students and 55 teachers. GRCI is located in the Heritage Park community of Kitchener with the Grand River community located just across Heritage Drive from it.

Currently there are approximately 1,450 full-time students at Grand River. Grand River has about 100 academic staff. Within its existence, Grand River has had six principals:

  • Mr. Ross L. Shaver (1966 to 1984)
  • Mr. Gary A. Boug (1984 to 1995)
  • Mr. Ray Teed (1996 to Jan 2008)
  • Ms Agnes Dufournaud (Feb 2008 to Aug 2009)
  • Mr. Scott Lomax (Aug 2009 to Jan 2011)
  • Ms Deborah Tyrrell (Feb 2011 to present)

Grand River has athletic groups which include: alpine skiing, archery, badminton, basketball, cross-country, curling, dance, field hockey, football, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

They also have many clubs and activities to choose from such as badminton, chess, dance, debating, DECA,music groups, photography, robotics, tech crew, weight training, GSA.

GRCI has several fundraising events such as "Kenya Dig It" where they raise money to try to dig a well in Kenya.

Grand River Collegiate Institute has a club called the ACCT club. ACCT club stands for Acknowledge, Challenge, Change and Teach. Every October Grand River hold an "ACCT OUT" day where selected students can reach out through the strength of their friends and fellow students at a one-day anti-bullying workshop.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c About Us | Grand River Collegiate Institute
  2. ^ "ACCT Out". WRDSB. Retrieved 7 April 2012.