Lakeshore Catholic High School

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Lakeshore Catholic High School
Motto Think Clearly, Feel Deeply, Act Wisely'
Type Catholic
Established 1988
Principal Glenn Gifford
Location Port Colborne, Ontario, ON, Canada

Lakeshore Catholic High School is a high school located in Port Colborne, just north of the eastern edge of Lake Erie, in Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Niagara Catholic District School Board, and competes with students from communities in Fort Erie, Wainfleet, Dunnville and Port Colborne. The city is also serviced by a community based public high school, Port Colborne High School. [1]

Lakeshore is home to over 1100 students from across southern Niagara, stretching from Fort Erie to Dunnville. Lakeshore Catholic is known for its highly competitive and well respected Athletics Department that competes in Level 1 play. The Gator Football team currently plays in Zone 1 Premier League for Zone 3, SOSSA and OFSAA. Gator Football has made 3 previous trips to both Ivor Wynn Stadium and SkyDome (Rogers Centre) to play for one of the five provincial championship bowl games, winning in 2004 for southern Ontario and placing second in southern Ontario 2006 for an overall tie for fifth place. They have gone back to back to back in 2008 winning again and in 2009 and 2010 they were defeated by Notre Dame of Burlington. In addition to the many athletic activities the school has to offer, it is also the home of a very well run Music/Arts department. In addition to this the Lakeshore Catholic Concert and Jazz bands are always ranked highly at festivals and competitions, the most recent of which is the attaining of a Gold level Standing in the regional Golden Horseshoe Festival for all concert and jazz bands and two silver standings for the concert series and a gold standing for the jazz band at the National MusicFest Canada Competition. The Drama Department always puts on a great show for the annual Sears Drama Festival, winning many awards, most recently, the Technology Award for the play Validation.

Even off the field Lakeshore is known for its high Academics, its students consistently scoring above average on provincial testing. Its wide range of multi-talented teachers facilitate a Grade A learning environment conducive to helping students achieve their goals and academic success.

The school was founded in 1988 by Principal Pat Hudak to support the growing population of Catholic Students in the area. Since then the school has expanded twice, with another addition and multiple renovations currently on the books. The school has been home to current NCDSB Director of Education John Crocco. Subsequent to the election Mike Lostracco was transferred and became Principal of St. Paul Catholic in Niagara Falls. The Current principal of Lakeshore Catholic is Glenn Gifford.

With a rich history, Lakeshore Catholic fosters a family environment, students are close knit and Gator Spirit is revered across the board, if a team is on the court, field or pitch its fans are sure to follow.

Business partnerships[edit]

Lakeshore has a partnership with Cisco systems in the Cisco Systems Canada Networking Academy. "Part of the Networking Academy content focuses on teaching students how to design, build and maintain computer networks through two certification driven programs (Cisco Certified Networking Associate CCNA, and the Cisco Certified Networking Professional CCNP)."[2] Students acquire IT industry skills such as (IT Essentials I & II, Panduit Network Infrastructure Essentials, Fundamentals of UNIX, and Fundamentals of Java Programming) that will all link to Industry recognized certifications (A+, Server+, Linux+, Sun Certified Java Programmer, and Panduit Authorized Installer). Globally the Cisco Systems Canada Networking Academy has more than 10,000 Academies in over 150 countries and with more than 1.5 million students enrolled.

Dress and deportment[edit]

Students at the school are required to wear uniform, which should conform to school-defined guidelines, including style and colour. Infractions result in disciplinary action. Lakeshore has been known to have a stricter uniform policy in comparison to other schools. For example, Lakeshore All dress shirts and cardigans are emblazoned with the "LCHS" logo. The uniform options consist of a short sleeved or long sleeved Oxford shirt, a sweater, sweatshirt or vest (to be worn from Thanksgiving to Easter), and grey dress pants or kilt. In recent years, Grade 12 students have had the option of wearing the "Grad Hoodie" instead of the sweater. The school also holds Alternate Dress Days, typically the last Wednesday of each month. Though in recent years this policy has become relaxed with the introduction of Rugby style shirts that are not required to be tucked in and therefore eliminating the number of Uniform Infractions. During alternate dress days students are permitted to wear acceptable clothing, though this dress must be of a respectable nature for a school community. These guidelines are set forth by school administrators.


  • The Sr Football Team has gone to OFSAA 3 straight years from 2008-2010 for the OFSAA Golden Horseshoe Bowl, playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Burlington) in each of those games. In 2008 Lakeshore captured their 2nd OFSAA Championship, winning 8-7, however, they lost in 2009 and 2010 by scores of 33-10 and 16-14 respectively. OFSAA officials have called it the most exciting rivalry in OFSAA Football history.
  • The Sr Football Team are constantly ranked in the Top 10 High School Football Teams in Canada (CFC FOOTBALL).
  • The Sr Football Team are the 2012 OFSAA Golden Horseshoe Bowl Champions, defeating the MM Robinson High School Rams by a score of 29-28 on November 27, 2012, coming back from a 21-8 deficit at halftime. This is the Gators 3rd Golden Horseshoe Bowl Championship, having won the game in 2008 and 2003, and having a total 6 appearances (more than any other school) since the Bowl was created in 2001. CHCH News called it the most exciting game at the Rogers Centre that weekend, the venue having hosted four other OFSAA Bowl Games, The Vanier Cup, and the 100th Grey Cup within the previous four days.
  • The current (November 2010) teaching and coaching staff of the football team are Rocky Dipietro Peter Burnett, Terry Lehne and Bernie Tessier.[3]
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Girls Rugby team made it all the way to OFSAA in 2010, winning 4th place in all of Ontario. The coaches are Jason Benoit and Sue Ashwood.
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Jr Football Team has been Zone Champion's for 2 yrs straight and only losing one regular season game in the past 6 yrs.
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Senior boy's Varsity hockey team are the Zone and SOSSA Champions.
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Boys and Girls Varsity Golf teams are the current Zone Champions.
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Sr. Football team won the OFSAA provincial championship in 2012, playing at the Rogers Centre.
  • Lakeshore Catholic's Girl's Varsity Rugby team won Zone Championships in 2015 and 2016, making it on to OFSAA both years. The coaches are Jason Benoit and Sue Ashwood.

Notable alumni[edit]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Secondary Schools boundary map". Niagara Catholic District School Board. Archived from the original on 2006-05-13. Retrieved 2006-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Cisco Networking Academy Program: Participating Educational institutions in Ontario". Retrieved 2006-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Cisco Systems College Program". Retrieved 2006-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Top Ten High School Teams in Canada 2004". Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-06. 
  5. ^ Lakeshore Senior Football, accessed April 4, 2006