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Richmond Hill High School is a secondary school located in the upscale Town of Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It the second oldest high school in York Region Municipalitymarker, being established in the mid-1800s. Richmond Hill High School has long had a strong academic standing and reputation, often placing well in academic contests as well as regional standardized tests. In the 1998-1999 year, it was ranked the #1 non-private school in Ontario, according to the Fraser Institute, scoring a 9.8/10 ranking (academic) and in the 2005-2006 school year, received a ranking of #15 in Ontario (including private and religious schools) by the Fraser Institute and received an 8.7/10 ranking.

The school is a host to several regional special education programs, including the town's sole Gifted Program, Advanced Placement Program, Alternative Education Program, Co-Op, Developmentally-Delayed Program and an Orthopedic Program. There is also a very large variety of academic and hobby clubs held for students.


Richmond Hill High School is one of the oldest higher education schools in the Greater Toronto Area, founded on December 2, 1851, a mere 24 years after the founding of King's College (University of Torontomarker). The school underwent expansions in 1853, 1872, 1897, 1924 and 1950, until moving to its current home at 201 Yorkland Street on September 2000.

In 2005, former Apartheid supporter, South African president, and 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Winner F.W De Klerk visited the school, applauding the school for its dedication towards a global community through charities, events and raising social awareness.

In February 2008, John Glezakos replaced Dr. Ivy Chan as the principal of Richmond Hill High School. Chan moved on to be Chairwoman of York Region's International Languages program.

Building & site

The current school building, two levels high and measuring 180,174 square feet, was completed in 2000. It contains two gymnasiums, a workout room, a cafetorium including a stage, a library, has six computer labs, a communications technology room including a green and blue screen, and 3 state-of-the-art science labs. There is also an obvious masonic influence on the school from the statue located outside to the inscriptions of the Square and Compasses on the school walls itself.

Clubs and extracurriculars

Student Council

The Student Council (a.k.a. "StuCo") oversees many of the school's student-run events, such as school dances, semi formals and spirit days. They are also in charge of distributing funding and resources to other school clubs.

The StuCo for the 2009-2010 school year:
  • Jason Zhao - President
  • Purya Bayat Sarmadi - Vice President
  • Seveil Mohajeri - Treasurer
  • Aashti Vijh - Secretary
  • Jacob Paik - Social Convener
  • Roxanne Guo - Social Convener
  • Janice Hong - Minister of Publicity
  • Jawad Shujaatali - Minister of External Affairs
  • Kirill Peretoltchine - Webmaster

The official web site for the RHHS Student Council is located at


As of May 2008, Richmond Hill High School has 31 officially listed clubs.

  • Mock Trial Club
  • Math Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID)
  • RASA (Aeronautics and Space Association)
  • Reach for the Top
  • Red Crossmarker Youth Action Group
  • Robotics Club
  • Samulnori (Korean Percussion) Club
  • STAND - Students Taking Action Now: Darfurmarker
  • Nature Conservancy Council (NCC)
  • Tech Crew
  • World Action Council
  • Writer's Guild
  • Youth Alive

In addition, there are various committees in charge of special events or projects. These include:

  • Prefects
  • Prom Committee
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Science Committee

Yearbook Committee

The Yearbook Committee oversees and records various school run events, such as school dances, semi formals and spirit days, as well as significant student achievements throughout the year. The committee is in charge of the entire creative and administrative process of the construction of the annual yearbook.

The Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook Committee for the 2009-2010 school year is Jonathan Pang.


Athletic Council

The physical education department of Richmond Hill H.S. coordinates and funds many of its own athletic activities. The Athletic Council, run by a committee of dedicated students both inside and outside of athletics, is in charge of coordinating many of the athletic events run at RHHS, as well as fundraising for the department. Some of the events that take place are: Sport Games, Sport Tournaments, Special Needs Basketball Tournament, March Madness and Athletic Banquet. Athletic Council consists of the following positions: president, vice president, head of tournaments, head of games, secretary, publicity, special events and photographer.

Teams and sports clubs


Music Council

The Music Council is a committee of music students who promote music spirit and organize fundraisers for the Music Department at Richmond Hill High School. The council's events culminate in a Music Banquet at the end of the school year to celebrate music success and the dedication of music students at RHHS.

The official web site for the RHHS Music Department and Music Council is located at

Bands, choirs and other musical groups

  • Gold Band (Senior Concert Band)
  • Silver Band (Intermediate Concert Band)
  • Concert Band (Junior Concert Band)
  • Gold Fever (Senior Stage Band)
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble

  • Sax Club
  • String Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Vocal Jazz
  • The Gentlemen of R.H.H.S. (Men's Choir)
  • Musical Theatre

Distinguished alumni


  1. The Fraser Institute: Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools : 2001 Edition: Ranking the schools
  2. The Fraser Institute: Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools : 2007 Edition

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