- Eastwood Collegiate Institute
Infobox Education in Canada
name= Eastwood Collegiate Institute
motto= Ex Oriente Lux
motto_translation= From the East Comes Light
streetaddress= 760 Weber Street East
postalcode= N2H 1H6
Waterloo Region District School Board
principal= Nancy Strobel
viceprincipal= Mr. Morgan, Mr. DeBoer, Mr. Coates
schooltype= High School
area= Kingsdale, Rockway, Chicopee
mascot= The Rebel Lion
colours= Red, Grey, White
enrollment_as_of= September 2006
Eastwood Collegiate Institute is a public
high schoollocated at 760 Weber Street East in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1956. The school teams are known as the "Rebels", and its motto is "Ex Oriente Lux".
The school was built in 1956, located on what was then the recently extended East Avenue (now
Weber Street). The architectfor the building was the company of Barnett & Rieder. Most of the school consists of a long classroomblock that runs parallel to Weber Street. There is a large entrance stair at the south side of the classroom block, with the school offices to the north and the gymnasium, whose walls are of ribbed brick, to the south. The architecture of the school received international attention when it opened.
The School's crest was designed by Former Eastwood Student Doug Rickert in 1957. Designed to reveal both the school's name but also the components of its life blood. According to the 1956-1957 Eastwood Yearbook, CHIPS, "The rising sun...denotes not only 'East', but also the light given by our leadership to other schools and the community around us. The maple leaves provide the 'wood', and in addition signify our pride in holding a place in the educational system of Canada. The open book signifies the great store of knowledge readily available, and the desire to receive it, both present in our school. The motto...has also been included in the attractive crest which is a suitable emblem of our school".
The school's original mascot, Johnny Rebel, was chosen to represent Eastwood's original rebellious spirit (many of the original teachers had left KCI to come to Eastwood). In
1999, it was decided that Johnny Rebel no longer personified what it meant to be a Rebel due to the fact that he was perceived to be a symbol of white bigotry (the Confederate Naval Jack was a prominent feature of his costume, and a version of the Naval Jack could be seen on the previous cafeteria mural, with Canadian Maple-Leaves replacing the stars). This led to a contest being held among the students and staff to design a new mascot. Eventually, it was decided that two lions (one male and one female, wearing a football jersey and a basketball jersey respectively) would be used to reflect the school's "Rebel Pride". In 2003, another contest was held for another overhaul of the mascot, with students and staff again submitting designs. Ultimately, a design by former Eastwood art teacher David Okum was selected. The "Rebel Lion" combines both old and new - a lion in an updated soldier's uniform. The name was chosen so that when the words were pushed together, the word "Rebellion" was formed.Fact|date=July 2007
Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program
Eastwood is particularly noted for its specialized arts program, known as the "Integrated Arts Program". The Arts Program offers courses in Drama, Dance, Music: Instrumental, Strings, Vocal, and Visual arts. Talented students come to Eastwood from all over
Waterloo Regionand beyond just to be an Arts Program student. Keeping to its integrated nature, academics are incredibly important and necessary for all students. Success in academics as well as arts to attain a high-school diploma is mandatory.
The Specialist High Skills Major: Arts & Culture
This new program complements the already successful IAP.This program is newly developed and brings the technical side of the arts to the students. Programs in lighting, sound, stage managing, stage and set design, costume design and creation, are just a few of the offerings. Supported in part by members of Waterloo Region's Arts Community, this program will begin in the 2008-2009 school year.
Huron Heights controversy
In 2004, while the
Waterloo Region District School Boardwas planning to build Huron Heights in Southwest Kitchener, the school was supposedly better suited for closure when at a meeting regarding the pending closure of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School(KCI) a delegate from KCI stated that the Eastwood students and community had not rallied around their school as had KCI and Southwood Secondary School, another school scheduled for closure.Fact|date=July 2007 After a brief investigation by the District School Board, the decision was not to close any of the schools at all.
In recent years the school has had a number of much needed renovations. A new library, dance studio, front steps, elevator, a re-vitalized woodworking shop, a (recently demolished) costume room, and a brand new sprinkler system completed in 2005 to bring the school up to fire code.Fact|date=July 2007
Beginning March 2007, a massive renovation began at the school, which includes new windows for the whole building, new ventilation system, new boiler system, and hiding the sprinkler pipes installed 2 years prior. Air conditioning is being installed, but will not be available to the whole school, only certain special parts will have it (such as computer labs) but the average classroom will not.
* Eastwood Collegiate celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006.
* They received a special visit from former Canadian Prime Minister
Paul Martinin 2006.
Karen Redman- Liberal Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre; currently serves as Chief Official Opposition Whip
Alex Mustakas- Artistic Director of Drayton Entertaiment. Starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
David Chilton- Author of "The Wealthy Barber" and winner of Vanier Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Canadian under 40
Marisa McIntyre- Starred in Toronto production of Mamma Mia!
Tom Goertz- J'avert in Les Miserables
Fitz "The Whip" Vanderpool- Championship Boxer, 1998 Boxer of the Year, and founder of "The Whip Boxing Academy"
Dave Schneider- 105.3 KOOL FM radio personality
Art Froese- Calgary Stampeders
Harry Doering- Edmonton Eskimos
Rob Ring- Video Artist & Artistic Director of CAFKA
Glen Leach- Montreal Alouettes
Frank Jagas- Calgary Stampeders
Scott Stevens- retired NHLhockey player ( Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils)
Mike Stevens- retired NHLhockey player ( Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, NY Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs)
Mike Buie- Starred in 1999 Film Mystery Alaska
Markus Koch- Washington Redskins
Cindy Overland- Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team
Charity Brown- Recording Artist
Joanna Perica- Singer/Songwriter
Sabine Schleese- One of the Top 100 women business owners in Canada (2001-present) Schleese Saddlery Service
Mike Boyko- All Canadian Women's Soccer Player of the Year
* Justin Krulicki - Member of the Toronto Blue Jays
* Erica Young- Member of Parliament
*cite book|title=Images of Progress 1946–1996: Modern Architecture in Waterloo Region|year=1996|publisher=Twin City/Dwyer Printing Co, Kitchener, Ontario|ID=ISBN 0-919423-51-5tim
* [http://eci.wrdsb.on.ca Official Website of Eastwood Collegiate]
* [http://www.uberlounge.ca/improv.htm Eastwood Jazz Combo Website]
* [http://www.wrdsb.on.ca Official Website of the Waterloo Region District School board]
* [http://www.youtube.com/eastwoodvideos kuasehfgiaurghfilms - watch Eastwood's videos online]
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