Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute

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Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute
707 South James Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 2V9
Coordinates 48°22′25″N 89°17′26″W / 48.37361°N 89.29056°W / 48.37361; -89.29056Coordinates: 48°22′25″N 89°17′26″W / 48.37361°N 89.29056°W / 48.37361; -89.29056
School type High school
Motto Latin: Semper Solum Optimum
(Always, Only the Best)
Founded 1960
School board Lakehead Public Schools
Principal Coral Szyszka
Grades 9–12
Language English
Colour(s) Black and Orange         
Mascot Roary the Tiger
Team name Westgate Tigers

Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute is a Canadian high school in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is one of four secondary schools in the Lakehead Public Schools system. The south end of the school is two-story with the rest of the school one floor. Surrounded by hallways, in the center of the school lies a courtyard where some spring and fall activities are held. In the late 80's, Westgate underwent a renovation which brought the blue-roofed music wing to the front of the school[citation needed]. As of the 2014–2015 year, Westgate has a student population of approximately 825 students. The principal is Coral Szyszka and the vice-principal is Nick Sacevich.

The school team is the Westgate Tigers.


The ground was broken on February 17, 1959 for a new secondary school in the west end of Fort William, Ontario. After a year and four months the school had been completed. It cost approximately $1,600,000 at the time to build[citation needed].


Westgate is home to an extensive athletics department. Students can compete in cycling, Canadian football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country running, soccer, golf, cross country skiing, tennis, badminton, curling, wrestling, and cheerleading. Westgate's Cycling team has won 10 SSSAA titles in a row.[1] In 2006, Westgate's Senior and Junior Football Teams won the SSSAA championship with the Seniors going to Toronto to compete in the OFSAA Northern Bowl. This was the school's first junior SSSAA football championship in 25 years. In 2007, Westgate's Senior Football team successfully defended their SSSAA title and the team won the Northern Bowl, a first for the school.[2] In the 2011–12 season, Westgate's Junior Football team completed a perfect, undefeated season and won their first SSSAA title in five years.[3] In 2012, Westgate Junior Boys Basketball team also went undefeated throughout the whole season and won their first SSSAA championship since 1992.[4]

During the 2007–2008 school year, Westgate's Parkour and Free Running Club was founded by Ethan Gillingham and James Peotto. They won the Thunder Bay Free Running Championship – Amateur division title, and represented the city in Timmins for the Provincial title, where they finished 4th.

In the 2008–2009 season, the senior boys basketball team put forth a Hoosiers-esque season and won the city title for the first time in 33 years. The Westgate cross country running team is the two time defending SSSAA champions.

In the 2014–2015 season, Westgate's athletic teams secured city championships in the sports of golf, volleyball and curling. Westgate's curlers also won the regional NWOSSA finals and attained silver medals at the OFSAA provincial finals.

Feeder Schools[edit]

Westgate's feeder schools include:

  • Crestview Public School
  • Kakabeka Falls Public School
  • Kingsway Park Public School
  • Nor'wester View Public School
  • Valley Central Public School
  • Westmount Public School
  • Whitefish Valley Public School

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