Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School

Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School is one of five high schools in Aurora, Ontario and is one of two under the jurisdiction of the York Region District School Board. In 2005, there were approximately 1350 students from Grades 9 to 12. In the 2017–2018 school year, enrolment was approximately 750 students.[2]

Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
39 Dunning Avenue

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L4G 1A2

Coordinates43°59′27″N 79°27′45″W / 43.99083°N 79.46250°W / 43.99083; -79.46250
School typePublic
MottoMens sana in corpore sano
(A sound mind in a sound body)
Founded1888 (as Aurora High School)
School boardYork Region District School Board
SuperintendentDeborah Joyce
Area trusteeMelanie Wright
PrincipalMelissa Schmidt
Enrolment1354[1] (October 2021)
Colour(s)   Double blue
Team nameWilliams Wildcats
Last updated: June 2023



The school started in 1888 as Aurora High School on the top floor of the Aurora Public School located at 22 Church Street. In 1892 they moved into a new purpose built building on Wells Street that would later become the Wells Street Public School after the High School moved to their current location on Dunning Avenue in 1952. Additions were placed on the Dunning Avenue school in 1956, 1967, and 1998. In 1961 the school was renamed The Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School in honour of Dr. David Garnet Wolsley Williams, a local medical doctor and former trustee of the school board. Dr. G.W. Williams is one of the YRDSB's International Baccalaureate candidate schools.[3]

Replacement school


In 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Education approved funding to replace the current Dr. G.W. Williams school building, and to build the replacement on a site approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) northeast of the current school's location. The new school is planned to open in 2025.[4]

Notable alumni


See also



  1. ^ "York Region District School Board - Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. October 31, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  2. ^ "Monthly Enrolment Report Secondary" (PDF). York Region District School Board. October 31, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Pages: IB Program". York Region District School Board. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "New and Replacement Schools: Replacement Schools". York Region District School Board. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  5. ^ "Brian Stemmle". Canadian Ski Museum. Retrieved August 28, 2022.