St. Joseph High School (Ottawa)

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St. Joseph High School
St Joseph Catholic High School Ottawa July 2006.jpg
3333 Greenbank Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4J1
Coordinates 45°15′45″N 75°44′27″W / 45.262459°N 75.740722°W / 45.262459; -75.740722Coordinates: 45°15′45″N 75°44′27″W / 45.262459°N 75.740722°W / 45.262459; -75.740722
School type High School
Motto Dedication Today, Success Tomorrow
Founded 2002
School board Ottawa Catholic School Board
Principal Sue Arbour
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1425
Language English, French
Area Nepean
Colour(s) Blue and Gold         
Team name Jaguars

St. Joseph High School is a Roman Catholic high school in the Barrhaven neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada. It is run by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. In athletics, the school teams are referred to as the St. Joseph Jaguars and the school mascot is a jaguar named McJagger. Commonly known as St. Joe's by the local community, St. Joe's has an enrollment of approximately 1425 students, ranging from grades 7 to 12, as well as 115 staff members.


St. Joseph High School opened on 11 October 2002 to account for the recent growth of the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven. The only other Catholic high school in the area, Mother Teresa High School, was desperately overcrowded when St. Joe's opened for the 2002-03 school year. Bearing the name of another high school existing in the region during the late 1950s, the school began with an enrollment of over 1000 students. By 2005, this number had exceeded 1500 students.


The building of St. Joseph High School followed the design of Edward J. Cuhaci, mimicking Holy Trinity High School and many other local schools. St. Joe's has three floors, which include a chapel, two gymnasiums, five computer labs, a library, an exercise room, two art rooms, and laboratories for chemistry, biology, physics, and general science.[1] There are 13 portables outside the school, as well as two football fields, basketball nets, and a 400-metre track.

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St. Joseph offers a wide variety of over 25 sports teams, ranging from football to badminton. In its beginning 3 years alone, St. Joe's sent 6 teams to the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association provincial championships, with the 2005-06 Junior Cheerleading team even placing first in Ontario. Every year since its opening, the school has won the CAHPERD award for its educational programs.


St. Joseph offers Art, Music, and Drama classes to students in all grade levels. Photography classes are offered to students in grades 10 through 12. In grade 12, the Drama class becomes a production class, in which, students put on a play. This play is usually entered in the Cappies Critics and Awards Program. In June 2014, St. Joseph production of Suite Surrender, won the Cappies Award for the Best Play in the capital region for the 2013-2014 season, and also two other award for Best Marketing and Publicity, and Best Comic Actress in a Play. St. Joseph has a total of 5 Cappie trophies.[2] There is also an Improv Club, a 7/8 as well as a high school band, and after school music lessons. St. Joseph hosts an annual Coffee House, Arts Night, and a Battle of the Bands to showcase the school's talent.


Grade 7 and 8, as well as Grades 9-12, are offered lunch-time intramurals in sports such as floor hockey, basketball, or dodgeball. For their efforts, St. Joseph has been given the CIRA award for its programs. High School intramurals are organised by the Recreational Leadership class, a class offered for grade 11 students at lunch.

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