Highland Secondary School (Dundas)

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Highland Secondary School
310 Governor's Road
Dundas, Ontario, L9H 5P8
Coordinates 43°15′29″N 79°58′34″W / 43.258°N 79.976°W / 43.258; -79.976Coordinates: 43°15′29″N 79°58′34″W / 43.258°N 79.976°W / 43.258; -79.976
School type High school
Motto Quaere Verum
('Seek the Truth')
Founded 1966
Closed 2014
School board Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Grades 9-12
Mascot The Highland Hawks

Highland Secondary School was a high school in Dundas, Ontario that opened in 1966. The school was a member of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in Ward 13. Highland was originally conceived to be 25% Academic and 75% Vocational, but evolved into a fully comprehensive secondary school. Only 60% of Highland Secondary School students who graduated pursued post-secondary education, making Highland one of the lowest in the board. Highland closed in June 2014 and the students were moved to the new Dundas Valley Secondary School, which is a combination of Parkside and Highland students.

Technological programs[edit]

Highland Secondary School offered five specialized technological programs that gave interested students training in a specific field of interest. The program fields were: Transportation, Construction, Precision Machining, Electronic Design, Communication – specialties in cabinet making, pneumatics, aviation.

Program highlights[edit]

Highland Secondary School took part in the following programs:

  • Variety of courses including: LDCC, Applied, Academic, Open, College, Workplace, University
  • Award-winning arts program: Music, Art, Drama
  • Yearbook – 2 credit course
  • Student Success team of teachers to guide, mentor, and track all students
  • Individual timetabling for students considered to be at risk
  • Study Hall at lunch for Grade 9 and 10s
  • In-class OSSLT preparation
  • S.T.E.P. (Summer Transitions program for Grade 8 – 9)
  • Caring Adult program

Clubs and activities[edit]

Highland Secondary School offered the following clubs and activities:

  • Jr. Concert Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Sr. Jazz Band
  • Badminton
  • Curling
  • Basketball
  • Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Teams
  • Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • Football (male)
  • Waterpolo
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Councils (Student, Grad, Music, Visual Arts, Boys’ Athletics, Girls’ Athletics)
  • HAVEN (social justice) / WAC (World Awareness)
  • Highland Writers' Guild / Drama Student Federation
  • Leadership Camp / DECA
  • Feel the Power, Feel the Fit (Girls’ Fitness)
  • Library / Chess / Model Building / Philosophy/ Sound & Light / Anime
  • Knitting
  • Cancer Awareness
  • Friends of Diversity
  • Dance Team
  • GLOW
  • Rosebery's Board Games Club

See also[edit]