Vincent Massey Secondary School

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Vincent Massey Secondary School
VMSS emblem.gif
1800 Liberty Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9E 1J2
Coordinates 42°15′36″N 83°1′42″W / 42.26000°N 83.02833°W / 42.26000; -83.02833Coordinates: 42°15′36″N 83°1′42″W / 42.26000°N 83.02833°W / 42.26000; -83.02833
School type Public, high school
Motto Dum Laboramus Prosumus
(As long as we are working, we are progressing)
Founded 1960 (1960)
School board Greater Essex County District School Board
Superintendent John Howitt
Principal Joan Rankin
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,900 (September, 2015)
Language English
Area South Windsor
Mascot Morris the Mustang
Team name Massey Mustangs
Newspaper The Stang
Yearbook Pegasus

Vincent Massey Secondary School, commonly known as Massey, is a public high school located in the South Windsor neighbourhood of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The school is under the jurisdiction of the Greater Essex County District School Board, one of the four school boards in WindsorEssex. The school was named after Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. Currently, the school has a population of over 2000 students.

The school offers both semestered and non-semestered courses. It is notable within Windsor for offering the enriched program.


The school was opened in the fall of 1960 under the name of Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute. The school was opened under the direction of the Windsor Suburban High School Board and the Windsor Board of Education.

During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Morris the Mustang, the school's mascot,[1] would be paraded around South Windsor's Norfolk Street to celebrate the commencement of the football season.

In the fall of 1966, a swimming pool, a second gym, a cafeteria, technical and business areas, the library and labs were opened to accommodate an increasing student population. Tennis courts were planned on the parcel of land that sits along Rankin Avenue, but neighbours complained about the project during the 1960s and the land is now used as a bus stop. During this time, the name "Collegiate Institute" was replaced by "Secondary School" to reflect the fact that Vincent Massey had become a fully composite school.

Enrollment was so high at the school during the early 1960s – peaking at over 2,200 students – that a second high school was constructed in South Windsor. Opened in 1970, Centennial Secondary School created a new learning institution and lowered the enrollment numbers.

In 1984, Vincent Massey became a magnet school for its enrichment programs in mathematics, science, English and French.

In May 1985, the school's 25th Anniversary Reunion was held.

By the 1980s, the demographics of South Windsor changed greatly and the baby boom population had moved on, leaving Massey with approximately 800 students. In September 1986, most students from Centennial Secondary School relocated to Vincent Massey after Centennial was chosen to be closed due to dwindling enrollment in both schools. Vincent Massey added Orange to its school colours in honour of Centennial, whose school colours were Black and Orange. Their sports teams were also known as the Mustangs.

The school's Community Living Program, currently called STEPS (Skills to Enhance Personal Success) was initiated in 1997.

In 1998, Vincent Massey became a part of the Greater Essex County District School Board after the amalgamation of the Windsor Board of Education and the Essex County Board of Education.

In 2000, Vincent Massey welcomed students from W. D. Lowe High School after it closed down in June of that year. From 2001 to 2006, Vincent Massey also admitted Grade 7 and 8 students within their own area of the school named Massey Elementary.

Vincent Massey's 50th Anniversary Reunion was held on October 8 and 9, 2010.

In 2017, a new road is constructed between Vincent Massey High School and Glenwood Elementary School to ease up traffic congestion.

In 2018, Massey begins offering an additional enriched program in American History.


Located in the heart of the South Windsor neighbourhood, the campus sits on approximately five acres of land. The school's front doors are located along Liberty Street, while its rear is located near Norfolk Street. The rear of the campus features an athletic field and an oval track. The building itself has two gyms, a closed swimming pool, a weight room, a new workout room, a library housed in a circular building, a moderately sized cafeteria, a wood shop, a metal shop, as well as several classrooms and offices for students and staff. In the spring and summer months of 2017, the cafeteria and the closed swimming pool were renovated into 6 new classrooms and a larger cafeteria to make room for the growing number of students.


In the Fraser Institute's 2014 Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools, Vincent Massey was ranked at 48 out 740 secondary schools in Ontario in terms of academic performance.[2] In the same report card, Vincent Massey was the first place out of all secondary schools in Windsor and first in the Great-Essex County. Over the last five years, Massey had been ranked on average at 91 out of 691 in the Fraser Institute's report cards.[2]

Vincent Massey is one of the three schools within Windsor that offers the Advanced Placement program, commonly referred to as the Enriched program.[3]

Massey has been known for its very strong mathematics program and its excellent performance on University of Waterloo's CEMC-administered Pascal (9th Grade), Cayley (10th Grade), Fermat (11th grade) and Euclid (12th grade) mathematics contests, winning the team Champion for Euclid.[4][5][6] It also competes in other Canadian and American mathematics competitions, such as the American Mathematics Competitions and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).

Notable teachers[edit]

Mathematics teacher Bruce White was one of the recipients of the 1993 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.[7] The award, awarded by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, was presented to White by former Member of Parliament Herb Gray. White was also a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award in 1993, 1999 and 2003.[8]

Another mathematics teacher, who is a former Massey student as well as former pupil of Bruce White, Christopher Ing, was one of the recipients of the High School Sliffe Award in 2008. A computer science teacher, Ronald McKenzie, also received this award in 2009.[9]

Business teacher Ross Ferrara won an award of merit from the Ontario Business Educators' Association in 2010 for promoting and increasing awareness of business studies.[10] Ferrara was also selected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, as the high school teachers representative, to the Financial Literacy Working Group.[11]

David Penner is a physical education and leadership teacher with an extensive musical background. He is an American guitarist and a founding member of the band Andain. He plays several instruments including guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, sitar and some percussion. He studied sitar with George Rukert and jazz saxophone with Andy Netter. He has toured throughout the US, Europe and Asia with Andain.


Massey boys goaltender during 2014 playoffs.
Massey boys player during 2014 playoffs.

Vincent Massey has always had a very strong athletics program. All of Massey's teams are proud owners of many WECESSA, SWOSSA and OFSAA titles.


The Boys Baseball Team won the 2010 OFSAA Championship, beating St. Anne 4 to 3.[12]


In the 1987–88 season, the Senior Boys Basketball Team went undefeated during the regular season, only to lose a playoff game later.

Cross Country[edit]

The school has been doing extremely well with the Senior Boys Team winning the OFSAA championship from 2007 to 2009. Also in 2010 both the senior boys and senior girls teams won OFSAA which no other school has ever done before. As of the 2015–16 season Massey has won a total of 11 consecutive WECSSAA Cross Country Championship titles.[13]


In both the 1986–87 and the 1987–88 seasons, the Senior Boys Football Team won back to back city championship in the Newman conference (the Wilson Conference was for schools of smaller enrollment). In the 1988–89 season, the Senior Boys Football Team nearly got a "three-peat" but lost the city championship in an infamous triple over-time game when they missed a last minute field goal attempt. These teams were "co-coached" by both Brian Tayles (former head coach for the Centennial Cougars) and Godfrey Janisse (long time Massey Mustang head coach) with Tayles running the Offense and Janisse running defense and special teams. Incidentally, Janisse had previously coached Tayles when Tayles was in High School.

In 1992, the Senior Boys Football team defeated the Brennan Cardinals to capture the city championship. The team was led by Windsor Hall of Fame coach Godfrey Janisse.

The Junior Boys Football Team won the city championship in 1975, 1992, 1994 and 2004.

In the 2008–09 and 2010–11 seasons, the Senior Boys Football Team won the city championship.

The Senior Boys Football team won the Wilson Cup city championship in the 2013–14 season.[14]


Mustangs girls goalie in 2014.

In the 1987–88 season, the Senior Girls Soccer Team won the city championship.

In the 1987–88 season, the Senior Boys Soccer Team won the city and the Essex County championship, having the Brazilian exchange student Paulo Soares (nicknamed PIPO) as their international star. In the 1990–91 season, the Senior Boys Soccer Team again won the city championship in a dramatic penalty shootout against the Lowe Trojans. They later won the county championship.


In the 1970s, Massey's swim team won many city and provincial championships.[15][16]

In 2009, the Massey Swim Team ranked 3rd in the province in men's events, and came 8th overall during the provincial championships.[15] During the OFSAA championships, Massey grabbed Gold in men's 200 Medley Relay two years in a row, and Silver in the 200 Free Relay.[15] Massey also captured two bronze medals in 50 Freestyle and 100 backstroke.


In 2009, the Senior Boys Tennis Team won the Open Boys' Doubles Championship.[17] In 2015, Massey's mixed doubles team won the Open Mixed Doubles Championship. [18]


In the late 1980s, the Senior Girls Volleyball Teams were very strong. In the 2010 fall–winter season, both Massey junior and senior girls volleyball teams were SWOSSAA champions. The senior girls team then competed in Toronto for OFSSAA.

Student life[edit]

Vincent Massey has a student council, which is composed of the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Governor General, the Secretary-General, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Events, the Minister of Athletics, the Minister of Promotions, four representatives from each senior grade (Grade 11 and 12) and five representatives from each junior grade (Grade 9 and 10). The student council regularly meets to organize events and pep rallies.

Vincent Massey has had teams for Reach for the Top since the early 1970s, all of which have always performed very well.

The Massey Web Team (MWT) competed in the OBEA's web site competition in 2002, where it won third place.

The Massey Business Association (MBA), formed in 2009, regularly joins and competes in competitions run by DECA.

Vincent Massey's school newspaper is The Stang, which is published four times a year by its editors. It is published during the fall, before winter break, Valentine's Day, and the last week of school.

Vincent Massey's yearbook is called Pegasus. It is designed yearly by the school's Yearbook Committee.

It is a tradition for new teachers to kiss the mascot's rear at the first pep rally of the year.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vincent Massey Secondary School | Home of the MUSTANGS". Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Cowley, Peter; Easton, Stephen (March 2014). "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2014" (PDF). Studies in Education Policy. Fraser Institute. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "AP Schools in Canada". Advanced Placement Program Canada. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "2014 Results - Pascal Contest, Cayley Contest, Fermat Contest" (PDF). Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 Results - Fryer Contest, Galois Contest, Hypatia Contest" (PDF). Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "2014 Results - Euclid Contest" (PDF). Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence - Recipients". Government of Canada. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Edyth May Sliffe Award Recipientss". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "High School Sliffe Awards". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Teacher Awards". Ontario Business Educators' Association. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "A Sound Investment: Financial Literacy Education in Ontario Schools" (PDF). Ontario Ministry of Education, Working Group on Financial Literacy. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "OFSAA Baseball Past Champions" (PDF). Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "OFSAA Past Champions - Boys' Cross Country Running" (PDF). Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
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  15. ^ a b c "OFSAA - Past Champions - Boys' Swimming" (PDF). Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "OFSAA - Past Champions - Girls' Swimming" (PDF). Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Past Champions for Tennis" (PDF). Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
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