Nelson High School (Ontario)

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Nelson High School
Nelson High School, Front Office, Oct 2015.jpg
Front of Nelson High School
4181 New St
Burlington, Ontario, L7L 1T3
Coordinates 43°21′30″N 79°45′57″W / 43.35832°N 79.76572°W / 43.35832; -79.76572Coordinates: 43°21′30″N 79°45′57″W / 43.35832°N 79.76572°W / 43.35832; -79.76572
School type High School
Motto "Diligens Providens"
Founded 1957
School board Halton District School Board
Principal Karen Hartman
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1003 (2015)
Language English, French immersion
Colour(s) Red and Gold
Mascot N-Man
Team name Lords

Nelson High School of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is located in Burlington's South Central area and serves approximately 1003 (2015) [1] students between grades 9 and 12 in the Halton District School Board.

Basic information[edit]

It was established in 1957 at the intersection of New Street and Belvenia Road. It was named after Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, a British admiral who defeated Napoleon's navy at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. The school celebrated the 200th year since Nelson's victory in 2005 with colourful events and staff dressed as characters from the day. A cubist mural of Nelson's ship, the HMS Victory, painted by artist and former teacher Robert Bateman, hangs above a staircase in the school's Canada Foyer. A scale model of the ship can also be found in the library.

The impetus for naming the school may have come from its close proximity to the former village of Port Nelson, which was incorporated into the City of Burlington in 1874. The center of Port Nelson was near Guelph Line and Lakeshore Road, only a few kilometers from the school.

Although the school had been the last non-semestered school in the Halton region, it changed to the semestered system in September 2006.


Nelson Stadium

Nelson High School is located in south central Burlington at the corner of New Street and Belvenia Road. The school is a two story building with a cafeteria at the center. Classrooms, offices, library and multiple computer labs (rooms) are a typical of the late 1950 design.

School sports and training facilities consist of two gyms; one large and one small, a weight room and a six lane synthetic athletics track complete with steeple chase equipment. In 2011, a turfed football sports field was completed inside the Nelson Stadium, which will complement the Nelson athletics program.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

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