Nepean High School (Ottawa)

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. Krista McNamara is the current principal (since September 2019)[1] replacing Renald Cousineau, the principal from 2017 to 2018.The two current vice principals are Aimee Barber and Peter Campbell.

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
PrincipalKrista McNamara
LanguageEnglish, French Immersion, Spanish
Colour(s)Purple & Gold         
Team nameNepean Knights

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. 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.[2] 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).[3]

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).[4]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "Principals". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  2. Wilson, Peter. "About NHS". Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  3. Wilson, Peter. "School Profile 2011–2012: Nepean High School" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  4. Wilson, Peter. "Nepean High School Brochure 2012–2013".
  6. 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.
  8. "Notable Alumni". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
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