John McCrae Secondary School

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John McCrae Secondary School
103 Malvern Drive

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Coordinates45°16′45″N 75°45′45″W / 45.27917°N 75.76250°W / 45.27917; -75.76250Coordinates: 45°16′45″N 75°45′45″W / 45.27917°N 75.76250°W / 45.27917; -75.76250
School typePublic High School
School boardOttawa-Carleton District School Board
PrincipalRichard King
Enrollment1300 (September 2018)
LanguageEnglish, French
Colour(s)Navy, Gold         
Team nameThe Bulldogs
Feeder schoolsCedarview Middle School

John McCrae Secondary School is a public secondary school in the Nepean district of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It supports grades 9-12. Built in 1999, it was the public high school in Barrhaven, replacing its predecessor, Confederation High School. John McCrae is attached to the Walter Baker Sports Centre. It offers an array of activities for students such as squash, swimming, weightlifting and a library.

The school is built on a hill in a residential neighbourhood in old Barrhaven.

The school is named for Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD, a Canadian poet and doctor during World War I who wrote the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

The school performs a musical every other year. Past years musicals have included "Lucky Stiff", "Zombie Prom", "High School Musical"", and "The Butler did it Singing". In 2012, the school performed "Back to the 80s".


John McCrae has a variety of sports teams, including Curling, Field Hockey, Golf, Hockey, Field Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Touch Football, Football, Track & Field, Swimming, Varsity Girls Rugby, Varsity Girls Touch Football, Tennis, Water Polo, Badminton, and Baseball. In 2012, the Senior Boys Soccer team won the OFSAA championships after going undefeated throughout the whole season.


A thriving Link Crew program is part of John McCrae's school culture. Members of this group mentor incoming Grade 9 students and also organize school-wide events throughout the year, such as the Haunted House, Remembrance Day Ceremony, and Santa's Workshop.

John McCrae is also the only school in the OCDSB to offer the High Performance Athlete program, which "supports the educational accommodations of students who are striving to compete at the Provincial, National and International level in their respective sports. It was put in place in recognition that these talented student athletes required unique programming accommodation and flexibility so that they may attain the high standards demanded in their field and still receive a high quality education." [1]

John McCrae also has an extensive art program. On multiple occasions each year, the Red Poppy Gallery showcases artworks by students from the advanced art classes open to anyone starting in grade 11. This includes the annual Grad Showcase, where art students from the grade 12 art classes get to display their paintings and art projects to the public.


  • Art Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Bulldog Musical Theater (Musical Production)
  • Concert Band
  • The Core (Christian fellowship)
  • Eco Club
  • Free The Children
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Improv Club
  • Intramural Sports
  • Jazz Band
  • Jewish Culture Club
  • Junior Achievement
  • Link Crew
  • Live It Up
  • Multicultural Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Philosophy Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Student Action Group
  • Student Council
  • Various Combo Bands
  • The Grade 12 Drama Class Stages A Play Most Years


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