Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School

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Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School
3100 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1N7
School type High school
Motto Lead, Inspire, Achieve
Founded 1953
School board Peel District School Board
Superintendent Anthony Edwards
Area trustee Janet McDougald
Ruth Thompson
School number 2352
Principal Paul Freier
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 644
Language English
Colour(s) Garnet and White         
Mascot The Kougar
Team name Kougars
Communities served Cooksville
Feeder schools Briarwood Public School, Camilla Road Sr. Public School, Clifton Public School, Corsair Public School, Fairview Public School, Munden Park Public School, Silver Creek Public School, Thornwood Public School, The Valleys Sr. Public School
Public transit access Cooksville GO Station, MiWay Bus #1, 19, 28, 91, 101, 103

Thomas Laird Kennedy Secondary School also known as T. L. Kennedy Secondary School, is a school located in Mississauga, Ontario which was erected in honour of Premier of Ontario Thomas Laird Kennedy. Kennedy had been a longtime resident of Streetsville (now part of Mississauga), where he was Master of the River Park Masonic Lodge. Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School first opened its doors to approximately four hundred and fifty students in September 1953.


The premiere of T. L. Kennedy's Leadership Academy was in September 2013. The International and Executive Leadership Academy states that they build leaders for tomorrow.[1] Students apply for this program in grade 8. T.L. Kennedy began a new academic program in 2011 that allows students to obtain a "Specialist High Skills Major" in Business on their Ontario Secondary School diploma.[2] The school has also started a "Specialist High Skills Major" in Technology from the beginning of the 2012 school year.[3]


The school has an extensive extracurricular program, including many athletic and sports teams. The school has successful basketball and cricket teams.[4][5] T.l Kennedy also reached basketball ROPSAA finals in 2011-2012 season but lost giving them the 2nd position.


T.L. Kennedy has an active music program including clubs such as the TLK Rock Band and the TLK Choir. Students from all grades participate in these clubs and perform at many school wide and community events.[6] Each year the Arts department hosts an evening performance called M.A.A.D. Night. This event showcases the talents of our students in Music, Arts (Visual),[7] Animation and Drama.

Drama Productions[edit]

Play Date
Bottom's Version April 10–12, 2014[8][9]
Writer's Block April 2011[10]
The Sultan's Tale 2009
The Twelve Labours of Don Quioxte 2008
Pirates in Neverland 2006
Bottom's Version 2004
Telling Stories 2003
TRace 2002
Departures and Arrivals 1993

Special Events[edit]


  • The annual Terry Fox Run has been running since 1983 and as of March 2010, TLK students have cumulatively raised over $234,000.[11] March 11, 2010 Fred Fox, Terry Fox's older brother visited Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School this morning to thank the school for its 26-year commitment to raise money for cancer with its annual Terry Fox Run. Fred shared a "family photo album" presentation with staff and students that showed how he and Terry grew up and showed Terry's incredible desire to succeed through sport.


  • The annual Food Drive is organized through the school's Interact club and collects non-perishable items and money to donate to the Mississauga Food Bank.[12]


  • Black History Month is annually celebrated through a variety of activities including field trips, guest speakers and fundraisers.


  • Nutrition Month 2014 was celebrated with "The Great Big Crunch",[13] and contests.


  • Day of Pink is celebrated annually[14]
  • Annual School Drama Production or M.A.A.D night


T.L. Kennedy celebrated its first annual Community Fair in 2014, celebrating its 61st year anniversary.[15] T.L. Kennedy has a long tradition of annual Asian Heritage Month celebrations which include Asian guest speakers, Asian themed events, workshops and fundraisers.

Teachers in the Media[edit]

  • In September, 2011, Ms. D. Mehra, a member of the English department teaching staff, was honoured to receive the Teacher of the Month, Golden Apple Award[16] awarded by Omni Television.
  • In March 2011, Mr. S. Hill, a member of the Arts department teaching staff was interviewed by The Mississauga News about the play he wrote and produced, "Writer's Block" [17]
  • In June, 2009, The Toronto Star interviewed and commended T.L. Kennedy teacher and mathematics department head, Ms. T. Grandy, for promoting literacy within the school.[18]

Feeder Schools[edit]

T. L. Kennedy Family Schools[19]
  • Briarwood Public School
  • Camilla Road Sr. Public School
  • Clifton Public School
  • Corsair Public School
  • Fairview Public School
  • Munden Park Public School
  • Silver Creek Public School
  • Thornwood Public School
  • The Valleys Sr. Public School

On September 21, 2009, at around 9:50 am a 17-year-old male student was stabbed in the arm, initiating a school wide lock-down and tactical police to be called in. The lock-down lasted about 3 hours and was lifted at around 12:50 pm.[20][21]

Notable students and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ T.L.K. Academy
  2. ^ Specialist High Skills Major
  3. ^ program-helps-students-pick-career--Specialist High Skills Major, Julia Le,Sep 06, 2011,
  4. ^ Kougars Grab Third Title Gary McCarthy, May 19, 2010
  5. ^ Golden on the Cricket Pitch Gary McCarthy, May 13, 2010,
  6. ^ Haiti Haiti Relief Concert, Photos by Lindsay Van Wetten,
  7. ^ students-create-art-installation--Visual Art Installation TLK Students, Julia Le, Jan 19, 2011
  8. ^ Bottom's Version - Theatre Production, April 2014, Snap South Mississauga
  9. ^ Bottom's Version an original theatrical production, Family, Arts & Community, April 2014, Brampton Guardian
  10. ^ Shakespeare's life spotlighted, Julia Le, March 30, 2011,
  11. ^ Fox shares family stories of Canadian hero, John Stewart, March 11, 2010,
  12. ^ The Mississauga Food Bank
  13. ^ The Great Big Crunch
  14. ^ Day of Pink
  15. ^ T.L. Kennedy marks 61 years with community fair, Graeme Frisque, May 25, 2014,
  16. ^ Golden Apple Teacher of the Month Award, September, 2011,
  17. ^ Shakespeare's life spotlighted, Julia Le, March 30, 2011,
  18. ^ Big Push on Literacy Pays Off in Test Marks, Louise Brown, Education Reporter, June 11, 2009,
  19. ^
  20. ^ Student stabbed, school in lockdown, Louie Rosella, Sep 21, 2009,
  21. ^ Teen arrested in Mississauga school stabbing, September 21, 2009, CBC News

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