Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School

Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School
Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School
135 Bristol Road
Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 8J7, Canada
School board York Region District School Board
Religious affiliation Secular
Superintendent Chris McAdam
Area trustee Loralea Carruthers
Martin Van Beek
Principal Mrs. Fran Harvey
Vice principals Mrs. K. Parris
Mr. Paul Ruytenbeek
School type High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Newmarket
Mascot Husky
Team name Huskies
Colours black, white and silver
Founded 1989
Homepage denisonss.ca

Dr. J.M. Denison S.S. is a public high school in the York Region District School Board located on 135 Bristol Road, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and it opened in 1989. Additions were built in 1991, and a new technological studies wing was completed in late 2009. The school is just south of the border between Newmarket and East Gwillimbury, but the school address is in Newmarket.

Dr. J.M. Denison S.S. is named after Dr. John Michael Denison (1933–2001), a family physician and former coroner for York Region. Dr. Denison was a witty and ambitious doctor who was much loved and respected in and around Newmarket.[citation needed] His generosity and outstanding work with teenagers inspired the community to name the school after him, an honour seldom bestowed on a living person.


Feeder schools

  • Denne Public School
  • Maple Leaf Public School
  • Poplar Bank Public School
  • Holland Landing Public School
  • Park Avenue Public School (Holland Landing)
  • Alexander Muir Public School
  • Good Sheppard Catholic School

The school also receives a large number of students from Canadian Martyrs Catholic School, due to its proximity. The age of the students are between 13-18 yrs of age.

Extra-curricular activities


Denison students take part in a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, rugby, track and field, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, and others. Inter-school sports are governed by the York Region Athletic Association. An optional outdoor education course that teaches survival skills is also offered.


Denison students can also participate in several musical groups that Denison has to offer, including the award-winning Paramedics of Rhythm and the Shades of Gray. Students can show off their talent in the Wind Ensemble, Denison Singers and the Denison Music Council. The Music department also plans yearly trips to show the students places outside of Newmarket and Toronto, Including a yearly trip to see a musical in Stratford, Ontario. The Denison Wind Ensemble travelled to Ottawa in May 2010 to compete in the national music contest, MusicFest Canada.

Student clubs

There are a variety of student clubs for students to participate in [1] including the Eco-Ethical group, who work to raise awareness about environmental and social justice issues among their peers and the community. They host an annual Fairly Bazaar and Fashion4U show [2] and a webpage on "everyday ideas to help make the world a better place". [3]


  1. ^ "Denison Profile". Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School. http://denison.fdns.net/about.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ Latchford, Teresa (2007-12-03). "Denison school goes bazaar". Aurora Banner. http://www.yorkregion.com/News/Aurora/article/63619. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Denison Environment Club". Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School. http://denison.fdns.net/studhtml/Enviro%20Site/EnviroFrameset-1.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

External links

Coordinates: 44°4′6″N 79°28′39″W / 44.06833°N 79.4775°W / 44.06833; -79.4775

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