Southwood Secondary School

Southwood Secondary School is a high school in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, for students in West Galt and North Dumfries.

Southwood Secondary School
Southwood logo.png
30 Southwood Drive

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Coordinates43°20′57″N 80°20′13″W / 43.34904°N 80.33705°W / 43.34904; -80.33705Coordinates: 43°20′57″N 80°20′13″W / 43.34904°N 80.33705°W / 43.34904; -80.33705
School typeHigh School
MottoNihil Sine Labore
(Nothing Without Work)
School boardWaterloo Region District School Board
SuperintendentAngela Mercier
PrincipalJennifer Bistolas
Enrollment795 (Sep 2019)
AreaWest Galt and Ayr
Colour(s)Red, Green and White    
Team nameSouthwood Sabres
Feeder schoolsCedar Creek P.S.
St. Andrew's P.S.
Public transit access55 - St. Andrews
62 - Woodside


Southwood was founded in 1962. Although it has one of the lower student enrollments in the region, that does not seem to affect performance. It has proven itself over the years with its numerous Ontario scholars and high success rates from the literacy test: 6% above the board average and 8% above the provincial average.[1] Southwood's unique role as a high school is explained here in a report from the Region of Waterloo to the school board:[2]

Southwood Secondary School’s culture is unique due to its student population being made up of students residing in an urban environment and a significant number of students from a rural environment. It is the only secondary school located in the west side of Galt-Cambridge to serve that community as well as the adjacent Township of North Dumfries.

It became the subject of controversy in 2003 when it was perceived that this was an undersized school and should be closed, as funding was needed to build the Huron Heights Secondary School elsewhere in the Region. After lengthy protests, differing proposals, and the November 2003 municipal election, the trustees voted to reverse the decision of the previous board and keep Southwood open.[3]


Southwood is known for its music, drama and mathematics programs. Prior to the 2005/2006 school year, Southwood also hosted the area's French Immersion program, which has since moved to GCI. As of the 2006-2007 school year, Southwood has hosted the region's PAL program.

Southwood's athletics is also respected, having won several championships at the WCSSAA and CWOSSA levels in the last few years, notably in Volleyball,[4] Basketball,[5] Swimming[6] and Cross Country.[7] These teams have also participated at OFSAA. In 2007, the Sr. Boys Basketball Team won the AAA OFSAA championship.[8][9] In 2013 and 2014 the Southwood Football team won a senior "B" division championship despite being a varsity team.

In 2007, a group of students from Southwood were among a group of over 3,500 students from across Canada who travelled to Vimy Ridge to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle and restoration of the memorial.[10]

In 2019, a group of students from Southwood's Drama Club performed Sometimes I Look Up to the Sky, their official National Theatre School Drama Festival submission for the year, at district, regional and provincial levels.[11] They received a litany of awards, including:

Award Distinction
Awards of Merit Videography, Sound Design, New Play
Awards of Excellence Collective Ensemble Creation, Bravery and Risk
MIRA Award Sound Design

The school was quoted by local author Joel Rubinoff in The Record: "To emphasize the significance of this year's ranking, out of 360 performances across Ontario, the NTS provincial showcase features the 12 best. Southwood is the only school in Waterloo Region to make it this far." [12]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Southwood Literacy Test Results
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Municipal report to school board April 2003
  3. ^ Trustees reverse closure of Southwood
  4. ^ CWOSSA Volleyball Results
  5. ^ CWOSSA Basketball Results
  6. ^ "2012 CWOSSA Championships". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  7. ^ CWOSSA Cross Country Results
  8. ^ OFSAA Basketball Results, 2007 Season
  9. ^ Grossman, David. High school results, March 24, Toronto Star, March 25th, 2007
  10. ^ Bean, Bill. "Students learn from fallen Vimy soldiers", Kitchener Record, March 23rd, 2007
  11. ^ "Ontario NTS DRAMAFEST Awards".
  12. ^ Rubinoff, Joel. "Cambridge high school's drama fest entry taps deep emotions."
  13. ^ "Player Bio: Yvonne Tousek". UCLA. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  14. ^ "UCLA Fall Letters-of-Intent List: Bruins sign top performers in all sports". UCLA. Fall 1999. Retrieved 2007. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ a b "2006 Secondary School Hall of Fame Induction" (PDF). Waterloo Region District School Board. 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2007. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ Mcdonald, Norm (2007-03-10). "Fast teen is quick with the tongue, too". Toronto Star.
  17. ^ "Southwood Secondary School Alumni Directory". Southwood Secondary School. 2006. Retrieved 2007. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ "Running of the bulls". The Palo Alto Daily News. 2006. Retrieved 2007. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)