Norwell District Secondary School

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Norwell District Secondary School
135 Cumberland St.
Palmerston, Ontario, N0G 2P0
Coordinates 43°50′2″N 80°50′36″W / 43.83389°N 80.84333°W / 43.83389; -80.84333Coordinates: 43°50′2″N 80°50′36″W / 43.83389°N 80.84333°W / 43.83389; -80.84333
School type Public, High school
Motto Qui se vincit fortiter stat
(He who conquers himself stands strong)
Founded 1940
School board Upper Grand District School Board
Superintendent Erin Kelly
Area trustee Bruce Shieck
School number 931284
Principal Paul Richard
Grades 9-12
Enrollment -795
Language English
Colour(s) red, black, white
Team name Varsity Reds
Classification AA

Norwell District Secondary School, formerly known as Palmerston High School,[1] and often simply called Norwell or NDSS, is a mid-sized composite high school located in Palmerston, Ontario. The school serves an area of approximately 500 km²,[1] including the communities of Palmerston, Harriston, Drayton, Clifford, Moorefield, Rothsay, and for French Immersion, students from more distant towns such as Mount Forest. Most students (over 90%) are bused in.[1]



  • Art
  • Business
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Geography
  • Guidance/Career Studies
  • History
  • Languages
  • Library
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (and CELP)
  • Special Education/Alternative Education
  • Technology


Athletic teams, known as the Varsity Reds, include badminton, basketball, cross country running, field hockey, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. The school hosts tournaments in ice hockey and volleyball, sports in which the school is competitive.

Up until September 2016, the school's mascot was a Native American, with a logo identical to that used by the Chicago Blackhawks. After consulting the school community, the school opted to change their mascot (see Native American mascot controversy) and sports emblem logo from "Redmen" to the Varsity Reds.

Extracurricular activities and clubs[edit]

Cut the Mic, formerly known as Infrasonic, is an annual event at Norwell, usually held in April. Bands and musicians within the school perform for the community.

Norwell has held the Relay For Life since 2004 to fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society. In the first five years of Relay For Life, the school has raised over $200,000 toward this cause.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c School Profile – Norwell DSS from the Upper Grand District School Board website.
  2. ^ Relay For Life news release
  3. ^ "Norwell’s 5th Annual Relay for Life". Norwell website. June 16, 2008. Quote: "…and we raised over $53,000.00". Accessed July 10, 2008.

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