Markville Secondary School

Markville Secondary School (commonly known as MSS or Markville) is a public high school located in the community of Unionville within the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 32 high schools administered by the York Region District School Board.

Markville Secondary School
Markville Secondary School
Markville Secondary School
1000 Carlton Road

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Coordinates43°52′37″N 79°17′16″W
School typeHigh school
MottoLiving, Sharing and Learning Together
School boardYork Region District School Board
SuperintendentDaniel Wu
Area trusteeAda Yeung
School number924849[1]
PrincipalPatricia Obadia
Enrollment1,424[2] (October 2017)
Colour(s)Blue and green         
MascotThe Maverick
Team nameMarkville Mavericks
Provincial Ranking (2016-2017)[3]11 / 740
Provincial Ranking (5 years)[3]4 / 623
OSSLT 2017 pass rate (first-time eligible)[3]93.8%
Last updated: April 2018


Markville S.S. is located in an area that was developed by the Melchior Quantz family of Germany in the city of Markham who came to North America with William Berczy. The terrain map of 1860 shows five houses fronting on present day McCowan Road, all inhabited by members of the family, the senior member of which was George B. Quantz and his wife, Jane Bradburn.[4] The original name given to the school was Quantztown Secondary School as well as Melchior Quantz High School around 1990, but this was later changed to Markville Secondary School because the school is located between the Towns of Markham and Unionville.

The school was not completed at the start of the school year of 1990, so students started the school year at Markham District High School. Markville S.S. was officially opened in late fall of 1990. The school opened with Grades 9, 10, and some Grade 11 students, with Grades 11 and 12 age students being allowed stay at either Unionville High School or Markham District High School. In 1996, an addition to the third floor provided a new math and computer wing.

A child-care centre, Markville Child Care Centre, is operated by Family Day Care Services.



As of 2009, teachers Adrienne Chong, Rob Cotey and Mark Melnyk have received the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.[5] They teach Canadian and World History, World Politics, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, World History to the End of the 15th Century, Honours Thesis, and World Religions through grades 10 to 12.


Each year, the music students of Markville compete in several music festivals. These include the OBA (Ontario Band Association), Kiwanis Music Festival, and Music Alive. In addition, two concerts are held at the Markham Theatre. "Festive Sounds" is held in winter, and "Markville Pops" is held in the spring.[6]

Markville offers many music courses for grades 9 through 12, including:

  • Concert Band/Strings
  • Symphonic Band/Strings
  • Senior Band/Strings
  • Senior String
  • Chamber Choir
  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Music Theatre
  • Music and Computers
  • Jazz Band/Choir
  • Keyboard Class
  • Guitar Class

Peer tutoring

Markville's students volunteer to tutor others in subjects such as French and math. Through this program, peer tutors receive volunteer hours which are required in order to graduate from high school.

Clubs and organizations (2018-2019)

  • 3D Printing Club
  • ABC+ (Anti-Bullying Club +)
  • ACG Club
  • Ambassadors Club
  • Art Club
  • Audio-Visual Club
  • BioEthics Club
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Business Club
  • Computer Science Junior and Senior Club
  • Cricket TEAM
  • Debate Club
  • DECA
  • Drama Club
  • Eco Club
  • English Peer Tutoring Club
  • ESL Buddy Club
  • Film Club
  • Fitness Club
  • French Peer Tutoring Club
  • Fuze Dance
  • Game-On! Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Go Club
  • Homework Club
  • HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America)
  • LICA (Low Income Community Aid)
  • MAC (Markville Athletic Council)
  • Markville Robotics (Computer Engineering Club)
  • Math Club
  • MCL - Markville Community Leaders
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Philosophy Club
  • Quest For Success
  • Science Club
  • Science Extra-Help Club (ELL Focus)
  • Science Tutoring Club
  • Sew Creative Craft Club
  • Social Club
  • Sports Analytics Club
  • TED Ed Club
  • True Vine
  • Unplugged
  • YAC (Young Activists Club) [7]

Feeder schools

Gifted students who reside west of McCowan Road can also attend Markville Secondary School.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "Secondary School Profile - Markville Secondary School".
  2. "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. October 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  3. "Markville Secondary School". Fraser Institute. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. "Markville S.S". YRDSB. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  5. "Prime Minister's Award 2009". Government of Canada. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  6. "Markville Music". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  7. "Clubs and Organizations".
  8. Hayakawa, Michael (January 23, 2016). "Lack of Competition Before Scotties Hurt Defending Champs".
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