|Thousand Islands Secondary School|
2510 Parkedale Ave.
|School type||Public high school|
|School board||Upper Canada District School Board|
|Principal||Mr. Terry Gardiner|
|Vice principal||Mr. Mark Wiltsie|
|Vice principal||Mrs. Lyndsay Pilling|
|Grades||7 to 12|
|Enrollment||912 approx. (2018)|
|Team name||The Pirates|
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Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS) is a public high school in the city of Brockville, Ontario and of the most populous high school managed by the Upper Canada District School Board. The school has been a part of the Brockville community for 50 years.
The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), known as English-language Public District School Board No. 26 prior to 1999) is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario in terms of geographical area. It encompasses the counties in the easternmost portion of the province, including the cities of Brockville, Clarence-Rockland, Carleton Place, Cornwall, and Akwesasne. It covers most of the area surrounding - but not including - the city of Ottawa. Trustee elections are held periodically to elect new trustees.
TISS has an enrollment of approximately 912 studentsand offers a wide range of programs. The school offers a full complement of academic, technical and arts courses in addition to skilled trades programs. The school also has many other unique programs such as Advanced Placement, Integrated Math and Science, and the International Studies Program which allows students each year to travel to locations such as Nicaragua, Germany, Greece, and Italy.
The school has over 90 teachers, some of whom have won prestigious awards and accolades. Notable staff include international novelist Mr. Brent Leo Robillard of the English Department, French language expert Mme. Caroline Bergeron of the English Department, Governor-General Award winning history teacher Mr. Gary Simons, and prized artist Mr. David Sheridan. The school is also part of a unique partnership with Queen's University as an associate school and trains dozens of teacher candidates every year.
Queen's University at Kingston is a public research university in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, via a royal charter issued by Queen Victoria, the university predates Canada's founding by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties and schools.
The school also has several clubs that operate annually, a school store, fully operational cafeteria, amphitheatre, 3 gyms, and an 8-lane Mondo track and field complex.
The athletics program at TISS is arguably the best in Eastern Ontario and one of the best in the country. The school has captured an incredible 110 EOSSAA championships and over a dozen OFSAA championship banners, 7 in the last 3 years alone. Several past TISS Pirates have represented Canada in track and field, basketball, football, and cross country.
TISS held the 2012 OFSAA track and field event at their facility.
The track and field/cross country program at the school is one of the most known facets of Brockville and is known across Canada. The team has won 11 OFSAA team titles since 2002, captured over 50 individual OFSAA medals, and seen over 20 of their athletes to NCAA schools on full athletic scholarships. In 2004 the school sent a record setting 6 track stars to the U.S. on NCAA track scholarships. The scholarships totaled over $275,000 (USD) combined. It saw the athletes to schools in New York, Tennessee, Louisiana, and North Carolina. To this day no other school in Ontario has produced more scholarships in one year than the Pirates. Thousand Islands Secondary School hosted the OFSAA track and field meet in June of 2012, it is one of the biggest track and field meets in North America.
The girls basketball program has captured three OFSAA championships, and has won the EOSSAA title 7 of the past 12 years. Stacey Dales (WNBA, Canadian Women's Olympic Basketball Team), and Kendra Walker-Roche (Fresno State, NCAA) are just 2 of the many post-secondary players who developed their skills at TISS. . The football and soccer programs have also achieved great success with several alumni suiting up for professional teams (Burke Dales of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Calgary Stampeders and Troy Cunningham of the B.C. Lions) and has created a reputation throughout Ontario and Canada as one of the best high school sports programs.
Stacey Dales is a Canadian former basketball player and a current reporter on the NFL Network. Dales was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and raised in Brockville, Ontario.
The school finished construction of a $1,500,000 track and field and athletic complex with funding from the Friends of TISS Committee. Many prominent Brockville families contributed to the project.
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