Iroquois Ridge High School


Iroquois Ridge High School

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Iroquois Ridge
imagesize= 300px


motto=
streetaddress= 1123 Glenashton Drive
city= Oakville
province= Ontario
postalcode= L6H 5M1
areacode= 905
phone= 845-0012
fax= 845-0013
email=
url= http://www.irhs.ca/
schoolnumber=
affiliation=
schoolboard= Halton District School Board
superintendent=Suzanne Moffatt
trustee= Kelly Amos
principal= Jaqueline Newton
viceprincipal= Mr. Dean Barnes
S. Emmerson
schooltype= High school
grades= 9-12
language= English, French Immersion
mascot= Barry the Blazer
colours= Blue and Green
founded= 1994
enrollment= 1249
enrollment_as_of=September 2006

Iroquois Ridge High School is a Secondary School located in the Toronto suburb of Oakville and has 1377 students.

The school is commonly referred to as 'Iroquois', 'The Ridge', or 'IRHS'.

Layout

Iroquois Ridge High School (IRHS) has three stories, each of which is dedicated to particular academic fields. The first floor is dedicated to courses that have to do mainly with business, the arts, humanities, technologies, and physical education. The second floor is devoted almost entirely to language arts and social studies, as well as being home to the library and three computer labs. The third floor is comprised of math classrooms and science labs.

The school's main hallway is a large atrium which extends up all three stories, and has a large skylight which covers the entire ceiling. It is nicknamed "The Street" because of its planted trees, old-fashioned street lights, and the fact that the classroom windows on either side make it seem as though one is walking between two buildings.

The school has three primary staircases that go from the first floor up to the third, which are located in the center of the street and at the front and back doors. There is also a staircase in the street going directly to the second floor, and one in the back going from the second floor down to the field.

The school has eleven exits, which are located in the front and back entranceways, the Personal Career and Counselling (PCC) office, the daycare, the Communication Technology (Comm Tech) lab, each of the two art rooms, the art hallway entrance, and the cafeteria, plus two exits to the field.

Facilities

For recreation, IRHS has a large gymnasium, a soccer/football field, and a fitness center. Across from the school is the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre that houses a 25 metre swimming pool. There are also two lit baseball parks behind the school that are maintained by the Town of Oakville. As well, a field hockey/soccer field and a tennis court are located near the school which are also maintained by the Town of Oakville. The school also houses a library, two art rooms, two music rooms, an auto workshop, a theatre, a cafeteria, computer labs, and science labs.

Rivalry

IRHS has a strong rivalry with White Oaks Secondary School (WOSS). Prior to the construction of IRHS, students living in the area were attending WOSS, the next closest public high school. When the school was constructed and WOSS's population divided, a rivalry ensued.

Accomplishments

During the school year of 2004-2005, the school was in the CTV late night news for collecting over $800 in under 20 minutes for tsunami relief help. The school's Global Issues Council runs the Halloween 4 Hunger Food Drive, which collects over 3,000 non-perishable food items for the Oakville Fairshare Foodbank each year. The Council also runs World Vision's 30 Hour Famine and raises more than $10,000 each year. In October 2006, the school set a world record for the most number of people "standing against something" (part of the school's "Stand for Sudan" project), which was published in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records. In 2007, Stephen Lewis came to Iroquois Ridge to honor the students for raising $21,000 towards the Stephen Lewis foundation. Overall, Iroquois is focused on academic and athletic achievements but also to contributing to a larger community, whether it be a town, a country, or the world.

Media

During the 2006-2007 school year, Iroquois Ridge received significant media attention due to the actions of students attending the Ridge. In late February 2007, a threatening message was left on a bathroom wall, forcing the administration and local police to seriously investigate the seriousness of the threat. On Friday, February 23rd (the supposed day of the attack) school attendance was recorded at less than 30%. However, no threat was actually ever issued on this date. [cite web | url=http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_8064.aspx | title=Police Take Threat At Oakville School Seriously]

During the 2007 Summer School session held at Iroquois Ridge, a boy was stabbed in the back with a barbecue fork during class because he tripped the assailant earlier in the day. The suspect was apprehended and charged with assault with a weapon. The victim was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [cite web| url=http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_12812.aspx | title=Teen Stabbed in Oakville]

Notable Alumni

* Jasmine Richards, star of "Camp Rock" and "Naturally, Sadie"
* Daniel Clark, star of "" and "Juno (film)"

References

External links

* [http://www.irhs.ca/ Iroquois Ridge High School]


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