Widdifield Secondary School

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Widdifield Secondary School
320 Ski Club Road

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Coordinates46°20′07″N 79°27′02″W / 46.33522°N 79.45043°W / 46.33522; -79.45043Coordinates: 46°20′07″N 79°27′02″W / 46.33522°N 79.45043°W / 46.33522; -79.45043
School typeHigh school
School boardNear North District School Board
SuperintendentRoslyn Bowness
PrincipalAlison Herst Jackson
Enrollment~904 (2016)
Colour(s)Red and Blue         
MascotWildcat Wade
Team nameWiddifield Wildcats

Widdifield Secondary School (WSS) is located on Ski Club Road in North Bay, Ontario. It is a member of the Near North District School Board.


Widdifield's motto is "Mens Quaerens in Corpore Sano," loosely meaning "an inquiring mind in a sound body." Athletes and students at Widdifield are known as the Widdifield Wildcats, and the school colours are red and royal blue.[citation needed]

The school was founded in 1965. Because of the extensive area of the school zone, 35% of the approximately 900 students are bussed.

Widdifield was also the first school in Canada to incorporate the option of receiving the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)- Arts and Culture certificate upon graduation.

The school was named after Joseph Henry Widdifield, who was born in 1845, was a physician and a Liberal member of Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing York North.

In September 2017, the Near North Distract School Board voted to close the school. In January 2018, it was announced the school would close in June 2019.

In September 2018, it was announced that the closure would be delayed by at least one year due to the lack of funding to update the other two high schools.[1]


  • Widdifield's The Company
    • International Thespian Society Festival, numerous Widdifield productions have traveled to the annual drama festival, which was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    • Sears Ontario Drama Festival, Widdifield has been a part of the drama Festival for almost 50 years and have won over 100 awards in the District, Regional and Provincial rounds.
    • Other notable shows include Check Please 2, Bugsy Malone, the peppy production of High School Musical , Footloose.
    • Widdifield is also the home of the local theatre program, Theatre Out Reach On Stage, in the summer time.

Notable Alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "TIMEFRAME FOR CLOSURE OF WIDDIFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL CHANGED". nearnorthschools.ca. September 10, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "City Council Biography - Inside City Hall - City of North Bay". Retrieved 2012-07-08.

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