Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary is the largest high school in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The school opened in 1970 and presently has an enrollment of 1250 students. The student body represents over 80 countries of origin and has over 50 different native languages. The school has a state-of-the-art auditorium that seats 750 people. The school is located at 130 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, close to the city Public Library and across the street from the Copps Coliseum and Lloyd D. Jackson Square Mall.

Officials and Administrators Name
School Principal Don Pente
Vice Principals Theresa Sgambato, Mat Miller
Superintendnet John Forbeck
Director of Education John Malloy
Trustee Judith Bishop


Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School was opened in 1970 to replace Hamilton's Central Secondary School. The school is named after former Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. It became a semestered school in 1976.

Currently, there are students from over 80 different countries who attend the school, with over 50 different languages being their native dialects. The school offers a variety of different programs, tailored to different areas of interest.

Program highlights and student support programs[edit]

  • Special Art Program: The Special Art Program at Sir John A. Macdonald is the oldest magnet program in the city with its origins dating back to the Hamilton Art School in the late 1800s. This tradition has produced many artists, including A.J. Casson and J.E.H. Macdonald of the Group of Seven. The program continues to help students gain entry to post secondary art programs at colleges and universities and currently has many former grads at institutions like Sheridan College and Ontario College of Art and Design.
  • WOW-World of Work: WOW focuses on the skills and knowledge required for a career in the retail industry.
  • Restaurant Hospitality Pathway: The Restaurant Hospitality pathway program focuses on the skills and knowledge required for a career in the restaurant industry.
  • Web Design and Computer Game Design Technologies: This program teaches skills and knowledge required for a career in web design or computer game design.
  • Applied Design - Portfolio Program: This courses offers students the opportunity to up-grade studio skills or expand their existing portfolio after graduating from their home school.
  • Team Games Sport-Specific Program: This program allows students to focus on sport specific skills necessary for either volleyball, or basketball or soccer.
  • Native Studies and Arts Program: The Native Studies and Arts program offers aboriginal and non-aboriginal students an opportunity to study native culture, issues and arts.
  • After School Literacy Program: Established to help prepare students for the OSSLT with special emphasis placed on ESL students and students new to the standardized testing format.
  • Memorial Bursary Program: Financial assistance program established to assist students who demonstrate good attendance and commitment to academics.
  • Credit Recovery Programs: System and Alter Ed credit recovery programs for junior and senior students who have experienced academic failure in the past.
  • ESL Reading Buddies: The program is designed to assist ESL students with their reading skills while fostering leadership skills in senior students.
  • ESL Student Welcoming Committee: A program that introduces SJAM extracurricular activities to ESL grade 9 students by senior student mentors with teacher support.
  • Homework Club: After-school program that provides academic assistance for all grades with special emphasis on grade 9 and ESL students.
  • Nutrition Program: Ensures all our students have access to proper nutrition by providing breakfast and lunch for students who require assistance.
  • NYA:WEH: Aboriginal Stay In School initiative
  • Traditional Drum & Dance Program: An after-school program that introduces students to the traditional art of aboriginal drumming and dance.
  • PLACES: In-school Alternative Education and Credit Recovery Program
  • SHAE: Aboriginal Alternative Education School at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
  • SISO: On-site counsellors provide services to populations of newcomers with language needs.
  • Walk in Closet: Program that allows students access to clothing, personal hygiene products and school supplies.


  • Art Club & Arts Festival
  • Breakfast Club
  • Business Education Awards
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Cheerleaders
  • Chess Club/Chess Team
  • Choir
  • Communications Club
  • C.P.R. Training
  • DECA
  • Drug and Alcohol Education
  • Environmental/Hiking Club/Recycling
  • First Aid Committee
  • Grad Committee
  • Grad Gown Committee
  • History Club
  • Home Page Club
  • Knitter’s Club
  • Mac Shack
  • Macdonald Athletic Council
  • Math Awards Luncheon
  • Math Contests
  • Needy Student Fund
  • New York Art Trip
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving)
  • Photography Club
  • Radio Station - Morning Announcements
  • Stage Crew
  • United Way
  • Visa Club
  • Walk – In Closet
  • Yearbook
  • Badminton
  • Badminton Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball, Jr. - Boys
  • Basketball, Sr. - Boys
  • Basketball, Jr. - Girls
  • Basketball, Sr. - Girls
  • Cross Country
  • Fitness Club (Weight Room)
  • Football, Tackle
  • Football, Touch - Boys
  • Football, Touch - Girls
  • Slo Pitch - Girls
  • Soccer - Girls (Outdoor)
  • Soccer Club - Girls (Indoor)
  • Soccer, Sr. - Boys
  • Soccer, Indoor - Sr.
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball, Sr. - Boys
  • Volleyball, Jr. - Girls
  • Volleyball, Sr. - Girls
  • Volleyball Club
  • Wrestling, Boys

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Coordinates: 43°15′41″N 79°52′23″W / 43.2613°N 79.8731°W / 43.2613; -79.8731