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Grand River Collegiate Institute

175 Indian Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 2S7, Canada

Waterloo Region District School Board

Grand River Collegiate Institute is a public secondary school in Kitchener, Ontario. The school is located at 175 Indian Road. It is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. Grand River's principal is Deborah Tyrrell.

Grand River's sports teams are known as the Renegades (commonly shortened to the "Rens").

As the fifth collegiate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Grand River Collegiate (GRCI) was built on Indian Road near the Grand River on Kitchener's east end. "Grand River" was chosen in favour of other names like Parkwood, Sand Hills, as the name for the new school. GRCI officially opened on September 6, 1966, with about 850 students and 55 teachers. GRCI is located in the Heritage Park community of Kitchener with the Grand River community located just across Heritage Drive from it.

Currently there are approximately 1,450 full-time students at Grand River. Grand River has about 100 academic staff. Within its existence, Grand River has had six principals:

  • Mr. Ross L. Shaver (1966 to 1984)
  • Mr. Gary A. Boug (1984 to 1995)
  • Mr. Ray Teed (1996 to Jan 2008)
  • Ms Agnes Dufournaud (Feb 2008 to Aug 2009)
  • Mr. Scott Lomax (Aug 2009 to Jan 2011)
  • Ms Deborah Tyrrell (Feb 2011 to present)
  • Grand River has athletic groups which include: alpine skiing, archery, badminton, basketball, cross-country, curling, dance, field hockey, football, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

    They also have many clubs and activities to choose from such as badminton, chess, dance, debating, DECA,music groups, photography, robotics, tech crew, weight training, GSA.

    GRCI has several fundraising events such as "Kenya Dig It" where they raise money to try to dig a well in Kenya.

    Grand River Collegiate Institute has a club called the ACCT club. ACCT club stands for Acknowledge, Challenge, Change and Teach. Every October Grand River hold an "ACCT OUT" day where selected students can reach out through the strength of their friends and fellow students at a one-day anti-bullying workshop.

    Notable alumni

  • Dana Ellis, Olympic Pole Vaulter
  • Kelly VanderBeek, Olympic Alpine Skier
  • Jill Hennessy, Actress
  • Mark Scheifele, NHL Hockey Player, Winnipeg Jets
  • Mike Hoffman, NHL Hockey Player, Ottawa Senators
  • Chelsea Aubry, Olympic Basketball Player
  • Jamal Murray, Basketball Player, Kentucky Wildcats, Denver Nuggets
  • References

    Grand River Collegiate Institute Wikipedia

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