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John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute is a Grades 9-12 public secondary school in Guelphmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker and is part of the Upper Grand District School Board.


Guelph's largest high school was originally named John F. Ross Vocational School in honour of John Francis Ross, a highly respected Guelph educator and principal. The school opened its doors in 1956 to 460 students with 25 teachers and Lorne Fox as its principal, under its new name John F. Ross Collegiate and Vocational Institute. It celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reunion in May 2006. Detailed history found here: [203945].


John F. Ross has always been a school with tremendous athletic ability, mostly due to its large population. The school has always had a fierce athletic rivalry with Centennial C.V.I., and these two schools are the two schools in Guelph who compete against each other in virtually every sport(but certainly not ALL sports, eg 2007 Girls basketball) for the District 10 championship. John F. Ross is mostly noted for its overall athleticism, but in 2006, the women's rugby team competed at OFSAA and clinched a 3rd place victory. Also in 2006 and 2008, the boys' baseball team were eliminated in the semi-finals in a hard fought battle that needed extra innings against the baseball powerhouse St. Mike's Double Blues Boys college, and a tough loss to the eventual 2008 OFSAA champions Notre Dame Irish, respectively. The senior boys' hockey team were crowned OFSAA champs in 2006 after a storybook season. Most recently, in 2009 the Royals upset the Guelph Collegiate Gaels in District 10 football action to win the city championship 13-7, their 7th title in 11 years.

Present Day

Today the school has one of the largest populations of students in the Upper Grand District School Board, with an estimated 2000 students. This is due to being recognized for its academic excellence, its athletic programs, and its co-curricular clubs. It is also the only public high school in the region that offers ESL and French Immersion programs, drawing students enrolled in these programs from across Guelph. The school also services nearby towns like Rockwood and Eramosamarker. Recently, Rick Mercer, the famed Canadian satirist, visited the school and featured it on his TV show for winning the Spread the Net challenge.


Each spring, up to four families of mallard ducks fly to the school, where they have a safe environment to raise their young. Eventually, the school's Environment Club relocates the ducks and ducklings to nearby wildlife preserves.

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