Keswick High School

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Keswick High School
100 Biscayne Boulevard
Keswick, Ontario, L4P 3L5
Coordinates 44°13′24″N 79°27′28″W / 44.22333°N 79.45778°W / 44.22333; -79.45778Coordinates: 44°13′24″N 79°27′28″W / 44.22333°N 79.45778°W / 44.22333; -79.45778
School type High school
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 2000
School board York Region District School Board
Principal Doug Case
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1198[1] (October 2013)
Language English
Colour(s) Red and white
Mascot Cougar
Last updated: September 2014

Keswick High School is a public high school in the York Region District School Board. It is located in Keswick, Ontario, Canada and serves Grade 9 to 12 students from the growing Keswick community. It follows the curriculum standards set by the Ontario Ministry of Education and was officially opened in September 2000.[2]


Construction began in 1998. The school was built in order to accommodate the rising population of its surrounding suburban area, which continues to grow in rapid numbers. Previously, residents of the town of Georgina (including, among others, the communities of Keswick, Sutton, Pefferlaw, and Udora) commuted to Sutton District High School. However, the population count of the Sutton D.H.S. surpassed 2200, and would only rise due in part to the double cohort. Already well above its intended capacity, Keswick High School was built.

Notable events[edit]

  • Visual Arts teacher James Ruddle lived in a box for 66 hours, painting the inside of it.[3]
  • In 2009, an Asian student was the victim of an alleged racially motivated assault. After he fought back, he was charged with assault and threatened with expulsion by his school.[4] 400 students walked out of the high school to protest bullying and stand up against racism. Despite the fact that the Asian student previously had an excellent record and only threw one punch, apparently in self-defence against a racially motivated attack, the principal had originally called for the extreme measure of expelling him from all schools in the region.[5] It was particularly sensitive because of a series of attacks on Asian fishermen in the same area in 2007, which led to an investigation by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our School". York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on 2005-02-17. Retrieved 2006-07-02. 
  3. ^ Girard, Daniel (2007-04-03). "Thinking inside the box". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  4. ^ Friesen, Joe (April 30, 2009). "Black belt teen strikes back at bully". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ Friesen, Joe (April 30, 2009). "'I'm not going to give up,' suspended student's father vows". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Friesen, Joe (30 Apr 2009). "Black belt teen strikes back at bully, and rallies community against racism". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 

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