Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), formerly known as English-language Public District School Board No. 21 prior to 1999,[3] is the public school board for the city of Hamilton. Established on January 1, 1998,[4] via the amalgamation of the Hamilton and Wentworth County school boards, the board currently operates 93 elementary and secondary schools.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
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20 Education Court
, Ontario, L9A 0B9
District information
TypeSchool board
Chair of the boardMaria Felix Miller[2]
Director of educationSheryl Robinson Petrazzini
Governing agencyMinistry of Education
BudgetCA$589.8 million (2021)[1]
Students and staff
Colours  Blue
Other information

The board has approximately 50,000 students in its 93 neighbourhood schools.[5] In addition to the programming offered at 80 elementary and 13 secondary schools, a number of alternative programs focusing on sports, academics, science, arts and languages are available.[6] The current director of education is Sheryl Robinson Petrazzini.[7][8]

Secondary schools

School City Neighbourhood Grades
Ancaster High Ancaster 9–12
Bernie Custis Secondary Stipley
Dundas Valley Secondary Dundas
Glendale Secondary Hamilton East
Nora Frances Henderson Secondary East Mountain
Orchard Park Secondary Stoney Creek
Saltfleet District High Stoney Creek Mountain
Sherwood Secondary East Mountain
Sir Allan MacNab Secondary West Mountain
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Hamilton East
Waterdown District High Waterdown
Westdale Secondary Westdale
Westmount Secondary West Mountain

Elementary schools


Former schools


Hamilton Central Collegiate Institute was a high school until 1985 and traced its history to Gore District Grammar School (1821) and Central School.[9] Gore District and Central School merged in 1838, renamed as Hamilton High School in 1871, Hamilton Collegiate 1897, Hamilton Central Collegiate in 1923.[10] HCI moved in to Central High School of Commerce (established 1897) in 1950 and closed with building reused as an Sanford Avenue elementary school from 1985 to 2011.[11]

Queens Rangers Elementary school closed in 2019, after 60 years of service.



The HWDSB consists of 11 trustees elected from wards across the City of Hamilton. These wards either match or are the combination of multiple municipal wards for council elections. Trustees are elected for a four-year term during each municipal election. The last election for trustees was held on October 22, 2018. The next election for trustees will be held on October 24, 2022.

The Chair of the Board, the Vice-Chair and the Honorary Treasurer are elected at the Inaugural meeting of the Board, and serve for one year. Trustees are officials, elected to serve parents, students, taxpayers and the school system. They are the link between communities and the school board, ensuring Hamilton public schools meet the diverse needs of students in their communities.[12] Student trustees are elected by Grade 7-12 students to represent the interests of students during deliberations and decision making of the board.

2022-2026 Board of Trustees

Ward Trustee Ward Name
Ward 1 Elizabeth Wong West Hamilton
Ward 2 Sabreina Dahab Downtown
Ward 3 Maria Felix Miller Hamilton Centre
Ward 4 Ray Mulholland Hamilton East
Wards 5 & 10 Todd White Red Hill and Lower Stoney Creek
Ward 6 & 9 Kathy Archer East Mountain and Upper Stoney Creek
Ward 7 Dawn Danko Central Mountain
Ward 8 & 14 Becky Buck West Mountain
Wards 11 & 12 Amanda Fehrman Ancaster-Glanbrook
Ward 13 Paul Tut Dundas
Ward 15 Graeme Noble Flamborough
Student Trustee Thomas Lin (2023-2024) All Students
Student Trustee Harry Wang (2023-2024) All Students
Shakowennakara:tats (Indigenous Student Trustee) Jullia Gross (2022) Indigenous Students

2018-2022 Board of Trustees

Ward Trustee Ward Name
Ward 1 & 2 Elizabeth Wong[13] West Hamilton
Ward 3 Maria Felix Miller Hamilton Centre
Ward 4 Ray Mulholland Hamilton East
Ward 5 Carole Paikin-Miller Red Hill
Ward 6 Kathy Archer East Mountain
Ward 7 Dawn Danko Central Mountain
Ward 8 & 14 Becky Buck West Mountain
Wards 9 & 10 Cam Galindo Stoney Creek
Wards 11 & 12 Alex Johnstone Ancaster-Glanbrook
Ward 13 Paul Tut Dundas
Ward 15 Penny Deathe Flamborough
Student Trustee Aisha Mahmoud (2022-2023) All Students
Student Trustee Gloria Li (2022-2023) All Students
Shakowennakara:tats (Indigenous Student Trustee) Jullia Gross (2022) Indigenous Students

See also



  1. ^ "EXECUTIVE REPORT TO FINANCE AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE" (PDF). June 3, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Trustees | Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board".
  3. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board » Archive". www.hwdsb.on.ca. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board » About Us". www.hwdsb.on.ca. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Programs offered - Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board". Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board » Senior Management". www.hwdsb.on.ca. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Interim Director of Education Update | Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board". www.hwdsb.on.ca. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "Education was a story of Progress and Quests | TheSpec.com". The Hamilton Spectator. June 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Spectator Collection Antiquarian Photographs | HPL".
  11. ^ "Paul Wilson: Empty schools, doing it the Detroit way".
  12. ^ "HWDSB Trustees". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "HWDSB Trustees Appoint Elizabeth Wong as Trustee for Wards 1 & 2 | Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board".