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Governor Simcoe Secondary School
15 Glenview Ave
St. Catharines

School type Secondary school
Motto Sumus Unus
Founded 1971
School board District School Board of Niagara
Superintendent Joe Rogan
School number 216
Principal Mr. Rick Karr
Vice principal Mr. Mike Kelso
Grades 9-12
Enrollment Approx. 900
Language English
Colour(s) Red and Black          
Mascot Redcoat
Team name Redcoats

Governor Simcoe Secondary School named after John Graves Simcoe, is a public high school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is a three-floored school with a theatre attachment. It has an enrollment of about 900 students.

Its campus contains a football/soccer/field hockey field and a three-story building. The building includes two full gymnasiums with multiple changing rooms with showers, a weight room, an elevator, and a 500 seat auditorium. The school also is fully wheelchair accessible.



Governor Simcoe opened its doors in 1971; it was the first open concept high school in the Niagara Peninsula. The first principal was Bob Hayes. Since then, the open concept has been replaced with individual classrooms.

In 1995, the Grantham Theatre was added to the east end of the school, while originally designed to seat 1000 people, due to budget, it was only built to seat 500.


During the 2007/08 school year, Governor Simcoe changed to a Multi-Subject Instructional Period (MSIP) Schedule. This schedule consists of five classes instead of the regular four. The Five-Period Day consists of four instructional periods of 60 minutes and a multi grade supervised MSIP period of 60 minutes. The MSIP class is created by reducing each of the instructional periods from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. The MSIP class is essentially made up of ‘bits’ of instructional time (4 x 15 = 60 minutes), thus its name Multi-Subject Instructional Period.


The Athletic Program provides students with the opportunity to compete at the highest level possible. The underlying goal of such competition is developed within each student life skills such as dedication, teamwork, group dynamics, a sense of belonging, and the importance of hard work. Notably dominant sports at GSSS have been the performance of the senior girl's and boy's basketball teams who have won many SOSSA and OFSAA titles.


The Staff and Students of Governor Simcoe recently held its first annual AIDS 'Walk-a-thon' and raised money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps to ease the pain of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Toronto Bands Crush Luther and Grand:PM as well as the radio station z101.1 were there to help Simcoe reach its goal and held a concert behind the school for the staff and students of Simcoe. Governor Simcoe raised over $15,000.00 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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