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|Clarkson Secondary School|
2524 Bromsgrove Road
|School type||Public, high school|
|Motto||Committed to Excellence|
|School board||Peel District School Board|
|Area trustee||Brad MacDonald|
4 cafeteria staff
|Enrollment||866 (September 2016)|
|Language||English, French immersion|
|Colour(s)||Gold and Black|
|Mascot||Charlie the Charger (horse)|
|Team name||Clarkson Chargers|
|Feeder schools||Hillside Senior Public School, Green Glade Senior Public School, Hillcrest Public School|
|Recent Yearbooks||2009-2010 - Puzzles and Games|
2008/2009 - Back to Basics
2007/2008 - CSI: Clarkson Secondary Investigation
2006/2007 - Spirit
2005/2006 - Energy
2004/2005 - Distorted Perspectives
2003/2004 - Breaking Traditions
Clarkson Secondary School is a high school located near the GO train tracks Clarkson community of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; designated Ward 18 by the Peel District School Board. Clarkson is an average school in both population (11th, at 866 students) and age (13th, built in 1969) of the entire Peel range of 28 public secondary schools. It is also known as the "Peel Academy for International Students".
Clarkson was designed like many 1970s-era schools in Ontario as part of an experimental "open-concept" design. On the ground floor, the cafeteria and auditorium are central to the design; a tech/drama wing, staff room, and gymnasiums are placed on the west side, while a classroom wing adorns the east side. These were open to the hallways, to other classrooms, separated only by pillars.
Demise of the Open-Concept Design
During the late 1970s, the design was abandoned for a more traditional approach, as the open-concept design proved deficient in many aspects: notable, the leakage of noise from other classes. The school to this day has very few proper walls in its main section, with thin, temporary walls shielding the view of other classes. The sound spill still remains a problem in many of the school's classes.
Clarkson's sports teams include field hockey, football, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, soccer, cricket, baseball,wrestling teams; as well as many after-school groups, including cross country, golf and others like the anime club, the PALS, and several drama presentations per year. A full list is here on their website.
The local Studenwrites student-written drama festival is held in the school's 160-seat theatre, as is a division of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. The school's paper is the Clarkson Clarion.
For part of the school year, the Clarkson Cancer Drive is hosted annually in late April as a fundraiser for Camp Oochigeas, a camp for cancer-stricken children. The 2006 year raised $26,500 over a period of one week from a myriad of fundraising events run by individual classrooms, as well as the "dunk tank", "milk chug", "rent-a-friend". In 2012 they beat their all-time record, raising $27,142 for Camp Oochigeas.
In 2014 they beat that record again raising $30,001. In 2015, they blew the record out of the water, raising $43,023.08 in support of Camp Oochigeas. In 2016, they raised a very notable $40,020. They once again broke the record in 2017 with a total amount of $43,320.17.
Clarkson has been known to have a rivalry with the neighbouring school: Lorne Park.
This rivalry started the year that Clarkson opened (1969). The building was not finished in time for the beginning of the school year and so Clarkson students were "hosted" by Lorne Park from September to December.
The school day operated on two shifts with Lorne Park students taking the morning shift and Clarkson students (bused to Lorne Park) taking the afternoon shift.
- French immersion
- English as a Second Language
- International Program
- Spanish Program
- Specialist High Skills Major - Manufacturing (Grade 11-12)
- Phil X - Session Guitarist
- Brad Boyes - NHL hockey player
- M. H. Murray - Filmmaker
- John River - Rapper
- Sean Jones - R&B singer
- Don Kerr - Multi-instrumentalist and record producer
- Matt Kudu - CFL football player
- Shaun Majumder - Comedian, writer, and actor
- Camilla Scott - Actress and host of the television show The Camilla Scott Show
- Debbie Van Kiekebelt - Track & Field star and former Citytv personality
- Francis D'Souza - CityTV Personality
- Barbara Turnbull - Journalist and Activist for people with Disabilities
- Peel District School Board Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network - Does the Classroom Assist or Impede the Learning Process? Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
- NewfoundlandersAbroad - Shaun Majumder Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine