Waterford District High School

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Waterford District High School
Waterford District High School summer 2011.jpg
227 Main Street South[1]
Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0
Coordinates 42°55′42″N 80°17′16″W / 42.928337°N 80.287871°W / 42.928337; -80.287871Coordinates: 42°55′42″N 80°17′16″W / 42.928337°N 80.287871°W / 42.928337; -80.287871
School type Public high school
Motto Abeunt Studia in Mores
(Studies build character)
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded August 1892[2]
School board Grand Erie District School Board
School number 950785
Administrator Martin Verspagen
Principal Robert Malcolm
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 491 (October 2006)
Language English
Colour(s) White, heliotrope and scarlet             
Mascot Wolf
Team name Wolves

Waterford District High School is a public high school in Waterford, Ontario, Canada. It is the northernmost school in Norfolk County.


The first school board meeting for the new high school in Waterford was held on February 15, 1892. The board purchased 1.8 acres of land on the northeast corner of Main and Brown streets at a cost of $150 per acre. The building was constructed for about $7,000 and the enrolment in the first year was approximately 100 students. In 1936 the structure burned down, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1937. [3]



WDHS has a variety of sports teams including football, rugby, soccer and cheerleading. The team mascot is a wolf. [4]

Fair Day[edit]

Each year, at the Norfolk County Fair, the students of Waterford District High School compete with other local high schools in events like tug-o-war, cheerleading and road racing. Each school fills a separate area of the stands and is judged on spirit and decorations.

Grade 9 Day[edit]

Grade 9 day at Waterford District High School has been a tradition for many years. The grade 9 students team up with the senior students and they have an activity day. Although the day used to consist of hazing instead of fun, the school has put an end to the hazing of grade 9 day. Students from grade 9 and grade 12 students get to bond and know one another.

Every year, there is a barbecue lunch for the students and WDHS's student council runs the day.


There is an active music department at Waterford District High School that puts on yearly plays such as "The Music Man".[5]


The school underwent renovations from 2010-2012. The school got modernized science laboratories, a larger Edukids day care for staff members and unwed student mothers, new gymnasium floors, in addition to new offices for the school board. The school now has its very first elevator.

Also fundraising has been done for a new electronic scoreboard for the football field; replacing the old manual score board still used in school like Valley Heights Secondary School and Simcoe Composite School. Conforming with Canadian high school football standards, the scoreboard shows the time and score of both teams along with the down, the yardage of the line of scrimmage, the yards to go until a first down, the team with the possession (usually signified with the outline of a football in lights next to the possessing team's score) and the quarter.


Waterford District High School may once again face serious threats of closure by 2017 due to government cutbacks and declining enrolment; similar to the fate that Port Dover Composite School faced on January 31, 2013. While most other schools will remain open in the foreseeable future, they will see more than 1000 empty seats in their classes by 2017. Everything from homeschooling to the rapidly aging local population to the increasing popularity of virtual high schools on the Internet has stunted the ability of the Norfolk County high schools to maintain full classrooms in recent years.[6]

If all else fails and attendance continues to decline, another solution would be to close this school along with Simcoe Composite School and create a new secular high school spanning 15 acres or 650,000 square feet somewhere in Norfolk County. Valley Heights Secondary School and Delhi District Secondary School both have the sufficient amount of students to remain open indefinitely according to their level of government funding.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Waterford District High School". GEDSB School Directory. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Our Past". Waterford District High School Website. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2014/11/21/waterford-high-school-has-storied-history
  4. ^ http://www.granderie.ca/programsandservices/StudentSuccess/Course%20Calendars/Documents/Waterford_CourseCalendar_Web.pdf
  5. ^ "The Music Man comes to Waterford". The Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Port Dover high school told to have faith". The Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Plan B: 'Build a super school'". The Simcoe Reformer. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) - Norfolk Secondary". Grand Erie District School Board. Retrieved 2012-11-03.