Nepean High School (Ottawa)

Coordinates: 45°23′02″N 75°45′33″W / 45.383833°N 75.759058°W / 45.383833; -75.759058
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45°23′02″N 75°45′33″W / 45.383833°N 75.759058°W / 45.383833; -75.759058

Nepean High School
574 Broadview Ave.

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School typeHigh School
MottoLove purple, Live gold
School boardOttawa-Carleton District School Board
SuperintendentFrank Wiley
PrincipalAlan Johnson
Enrolment1,143 (2019)[1]
LanguageEnglish, French Immersion, Spanish
Colour(s)Purple & Gold   
Team nameNepean Knights

Nepean High School (often abbreviated to NHS) is a high school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Westboro neighbourhood, at 574 Broadview Avenue. There were 1160 students enrolled for 2011–2012. Alan Johnson is the current principal [2] replacing Kristy MacNamara, the principal from 2018 to 2019. The two current vice principals are Christy Armstrong and Peter Campbell.


The school began as a continuation program at Broadview Public School. Students who wanted some years of secondary education, but were unable to travel to Ottawa Collegiate Institute could take a few courses on the top floor of Broadview.[3][4] In 1919, the provincial government made school attendance mandatory until age 16, creating a rapid increase in enrollment. Carleton County thus decided to build a new high school, and Nepean High School, in Nepean Township, was founded in 1922.[5] Nepean High School originally served a large territory west of Ottawa. In 1950, Westboro was annexed by the city of Ottawa, and the high school became part of the Ottawa Collegiate Board. In 1970, the Ottawa Collegiate Board was merged into the Ottawa Board of Education, and then in 1998, the Ottawa Board of Education and the Carleton Board of Education were amalgamated. Nepean High School then became part of the new Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.


Nepean is known for its strong academic success with roughly 94% of students graduating to higher education (53% being Ontario Scholars).[6]

Nepean's curricular offerings include Academic/University, Applied/College, French Immersion, Extended French, Specialist High Skills Major in the Environment, Advanced Placement Courses, Leadership Development, and Cooperative Education courses.


The school is also well known for its excellent athletics program, with over 10 sports teams that are regular top contenders in the National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Nepean boasts one of the highest number of interscholastic sports teams in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Nepean was ranked first overall in the inaugural Ottawa Citizen High School Sports Rankings in 2006, and placed 3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010, and 3rd in 2011. Nepean attended the Ontario Championships (OFSAA) in boys Rugby (2015, 2016), boys Soccer (2007), girls Soccer (2010), X-Country (2006–2011), Golf (2007–2011), Alpine Skiing (2007–2011), Nordic Skiing (2006–2011), Track & Field (2006–2011), Field Hockey (2011, 2015, 2016), Tennis (2010–2011), and Swimming (2008–2011). The boys Non-Contact Hockey won city championships in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Junior Boys Basketball Team won the city championships in 2019 and the boys Rugby team has toured worldwide (Alberta 2004, UK 2005, and Australia 2007, 2009, 2012).[7]

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  1. ^ "Enrolment Statistics Summary" (PDF). OCDSB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Principals". Nepean High School. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  3. ^ editorkitchissippicom (2016-09-15). "Surprise! This Kitchissippi school is actually 100 years old this month". Kitchissippi Times. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  4. ^ Allston, Dave (2019-04-28). "Nepean High School : Timeline 1922 (From concept to classes in one year!)". The Kitchissippi Museum. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  5. ^ Wilson, Peter. "About NHS". Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  6. ^ Wilson, Peter. "School Profile 2011–2012: Nepean High School" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  7. ^ Wilson, Peter. "Nepean High School Brochure 2012–2013".
  8. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Facebook.
  9. ^ Simpson, Peter (November 25, 2009). "You've come a long way, O'Leary". The Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on December 2, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  10. ^ "大山 Dashan 官网". Dashan.
  11. ^ "Notable Alumni". Nepean High School. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  12. ^ "Peter Wintonick". Facebook.
  13. ^ "Doc film world mourns loss of director Peter Wintonick". Press Reader.
  14. ^ "David Williams". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  15. ^ Robb, Peter (20 September 2018). "Ottawa's Sarah Weinman tells the story of The Real Lolita – ARTSFILE". ARTSFILE. Retrieved 15 March 2021.

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