Markville Secondary School

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Markville Secondary School
MarkvilleSS logo.png
1000 Carlton Road
Markham, Ontario, L3P 7P5
Coordinates 43°52′37″N 79°17′16″W / 43.87694°N 79.28778°W / 43.87694; -79.28778
School type High school
Motto Living, Sharing and Learning Together
Founded 1990
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Daniel Wu
Area trustee Ada Yeung
School number 924849[1]
Principal Patricia Obadia
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1237[2] (October 2013)
Language English
Colour(s) Blue and Green         
Mascot The Maverick
Team name Markville Mavericks
Provincial Ranking (2014-15)[3] 25 / 676
Provincial Ranking (5 years)[3] 23 / 627
OSSLT 2015 pass rate (first-time eligible)[3] 93.5%
Last updated: July 2016

Markville Secondary School (commonly known as MSS or Markville) is a public high school located in the community of Unionville within the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 32 high schools administered by the York Region District School Board.


Markville S.S. is located in an area that was developed by the Melchior Quantz family of Germany in the city of Markham who also came to North America with William Berczy. The terrain map of 1860 shows five houses fronting on present day McCowan Road, all of which were inhabited by members of the family, the senior member of which was George B. Quantz and his wife, Jane Bradburn.[4] The original name given to the school was Quantztown Secondary School as well as Melchior Quantz High School around 1990, but was later changed to Markville Secondary School, named after the shopping mall nearby, Markville Shopping Centre.

Markville S.S. was officially opened in 1990. In 1996, an addition to the third floor provided a new math and computer wing. A child-care centre, Markville Child Care Centre, is operated by Family Day Care Services.


Communications Technology[edit]

The CT department of Markville S.S. led by Mr. Wineberg, has won numerous awards, for creating public service announcements regarding topics like drinking and driving. One of these awards was a 25 cent coin that was launched at the school.[citation needed]


As of 2009, teachers Adrienne Chong, Rob Cotey and Mark Melnyk have received the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.[5] They teach Canadian and World History, World Politics and World Religions in grades 10 to 12. The team gives students a voice while equipping them with the knowledge to become responsible and active citizens both in the school community and the world.[5]


Each year, the music students of Markville compete in several Music Festivals. These include festivals such as OBA (Ontario Band Association), Kiwanis Music Festival, and Music Alive. In addition to these festivals, two concerts are held at the Markham Theatre. The first concert called "Festive Sounds" is during the winter season, while the second concert called "Markville Pops" is during the spring season.

Markville offers many music courses for grades 9 through 12.

  • Concert Band/Strings
  • Symphonic Band/Strings
  • Senior Band/Strings
  • Senior String
  • Chamber Choir
  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Music Theatre
  • Music and Computers
  • Jazz Band/Choir
  • Keyboard Class
  • Guitar Class

Peer tutoring[edit]

Markville's own students volunteer to help tutor others in subjects such as French and Math. Markville recognizes students' abilities in academics. Through this program, peer tutors receive volunteer hours which is required in order to graduate from high school, while helping others succeed in their academic learning.

Feeder schools[edit]

The Grade 8 Gifted students who reside west of McCowan Road will attend Markville Secondary School.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]