Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate

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Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate
245 Tecumseh Road East
Windsor, Ontario, N8X 2R2
Coordinates 42°17′49″N 83°01′19″W / 42.297°N 83.022°W / 42.297; -83.022Coordinates: 42°17′49″N 83°01′19″W / 42.297°N 83.022°W / 42.297; -83.022
School type High School
Motto "Altiora Peto"
("We seek higher things.")
Founded 1929
School board Greater Essex County District School Board
Principal Angela Safranyos
Grades 9 through 12
Enrollment 800+
Language English
Colour(s) Blue and Gold          
Mascot Clipper Ship
Team name Clippers

Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate is a secondary school (grades 9 through 12) located in central Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB). Mrs. Angela Safranyos is the current principal and Mr. Wesley Arther is the current vice-principal.

The school is located in the heart of Windsor, Ontario along Tecumseh Road and just east of Ouellete Avenue, one of the city's main thoroughfares. It is affectionately called 'The Castle' because of its prominent location and its distinctive turreted architecture.

Opened in October 1929, Kennedy Collegiate was named after the Honourable William Costello Kennedy, a Windsor politician who had served as Minister of Roads and Canals.


Kennedy Collegiate is renowned throughout Ontario for its outstanding swim program. The Kennedy swim team has experienced twenty three consecutive WECSSAA championships from 1978 to 2001 and ten overall provincial OFSAA championships from 1991 to 2001. The Kennedy swim team holds the record for the greatest number of OFSAA team championships banners (30) won of all high school swim programs. The Kennedy swim program has also developed national record holders such as Mike McWha, a representative of Team Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Kennedy swim team's success is the product of the program set in place by Coach Dave Pells, now retired, who was involved with Kennedy for 37 years. The team was then overseen by Head Coach and former swimmer Michel Eastman, and assistant coaches Adam Mailloux, David Law, and Lindsay Tome. However, with the pool closed and there is no longer a team.

Kennedy has also had a very successful Cross Country team. In 2006, the team tied for the WECSSAA AAA/A team championship even though Kennedy is considered an AA/A school. Kennedy’s senior girls' A-team won the gold medal for both WECSSAA and SWOSSAA. All of this was possible thanks to Coach Hnidei.

Kennedy also has had a very successful Senior Boys Soccer team. In 2005, the team won the University of Windsor Tournament by beating L'Essor in the final by a score of 5-0. The Senior Boys Soccer team also won the OFSAA championship in 2010. They were the hosts of the tournament and won it in their home field. In addition, they won the WECSSAA AAAA/AAA championship by defeating Brennan in the final, 7-1, even though Kennedy is considered an AA/A school. They succeeded in beating St. Patrick's of Sarnia in the SWOSSAA AAA final by a score of 4-3, which allowed them to compete in London for the AAA OFSAA championships. The following year (2006), they won the Essex Raiders Indoor tournament and made it to the WECSSSA final where they placed second. In the 2007 season, the team won the WECSSAA A/AA championship by going undefeated through the regular season and the play-offs.

In the 2011-2012 school year KCI's junior and senior football teams won the WECSSAA championships.

Dr. Pretli[edit]

Kennedy is home to Dr. Mike Pretli, the Canadian record holder for most digits of pi memorized, with 6320 digits. He is ranked 26th in the world. Pretli has memorized 105 digits of Euler's Number, as well.


Kennedy is well known for many of its community activities like the Children's Christmas Party (CCP) for underprivileged grade school kids from the feeder schools. Kennedy students have annual Multicultural nights to promote diversity within the Windsor community. Clippers also participate in the annual Terry Fox run/walk for cancer research, in smaller events including food drives and toy drives.


In 2015, Mr. D. Platt and Mr. D. Alfano recruited students to create a FIRST Robotics team.[1] The Hon. W.C. Kennedy Collegiate was given Team 5408 and the name KennedyCACHE was chosen.

The team competed in the Southwest International Regional, an off-season event, on October 29, 2016 at the St. Clair College hosted by Sandwich Secondary School (The Sandwich Sabre Bytes). The team made it to the finals and lost a tough couple of challenges. The team displayed true Kennedy spirit and learning along the way.[2]

KennedyCACHE participated in the Durham College District Event in Oshawa from March 3–5, 2017 and placed 29th out of 41 teams. They experienced some difficulty with programming but made headway through the weekend.

KennedyCACHE competed in the Windsor Essex District competition from March 30-April 1, 2017 at the University of Windsor. They finished in 10th place and became an alliance captain for the playoffs!

The team is proud of their accomplishments in the last three years and are already planning and looking forward to next year.

(This is a Wikipedia article, not a news story.)

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  1. ^ "FIRST Robotics Canada – Inspiring kids in science, technology, engineering, and robotics through robotics competitions". www.firstroboticscanada.org. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Robotics - Hon. W. C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute". www.publicboard.ca. Retrieved 2017-04-11.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 13 (help)

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