Thousand Islands Secondary School
Thousand Islands Secondary School (or TISS as many call it) is a public high school in the city of Brockville, Ontario and the largest high school in the Upper Canada District School Board. Perhaps most famous for the success of their athletic program and the exploits of Canadian Olympian Basketball Player/WNBA all-star/TISS alumni Stacey Dales, the school has been a strong part of the Brockville community for over 40 years.
TISS has an enrollment of approximately 1100 students and offers a wide range of programs. The school offers a full compliment of academic, technical and arts courses in addition to skill/ trades programs. The school also has many other unique programs such as Advanced Placement, Intergrated Math and Science, and the International Studies Program which allows students each year to travel to locations such as Nicaragua, Germany, and Italy.
The school has over 70 teachers, many of which have won prestigious awards and accolades. Notable staff include international novelist Mr. Brent Leo Robbillard of the English Department, internationally educated Dr. Micheal McCarthy of the Math Department, Governor-General Award winning history teacher Mr.Gary Simons, and prized artist Mr. David Sheridan. The school is also part of a unique partnership with Queen's University as an associate school and trains dozens of teacher candidates every year.
The school also has several clubs that operate annually, a band, cheerleading squad, a school store, fully operational cafeteria, amphitheatre, 3 gyms, and new 8-lane Mondo track and field complex.
The athletics program at TISS is the arguably the best in Eastern Ontario (along with Kingston's Regiopolis Notre-Dame) and one of the best in the province. The school has captured an incredible 110 EOSSAA championships and over a dozen OFSAA championship banners, 7 in the last 3 years alone. Several past TISS Pirates have represented Canada in track and field, basketball, football, and cross country.
The track & field/cross country program at the school is one of the most known facets of Brockville (along with the Brockville Rowing Club) and is known across Canada. The team has won 11 OFSAA team titles since 2002, captured over 50 individual OFSAA medals, and sent over 15 of their athletes to NCAA schools on full athletic scholarships.
The girls basketball program has captured 3 OFSAA championships, and has won the EOSSAA title 7 of the past 12 years. Stacey Dales (WNBA, Canadian Women's Olympic Basketball Team) and Kendra Walker-Roche (Fresno State, NCAA) are just 2 of the many post-secondary players who developed their skills at TISS. The football and soccer programs have also achieved great success with several alumni suting up for professional teams (Burke Dales of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Calgary Stampeders and Troy Cunningham of the B.C. Lions) and has created a reputation throughtout Ontario and Canada as one of the best high school sports programs with outstanding schools such as St-Catharines Governor Simcoe, London's Banting SS, Hamilton's St-Mary CHS, and Toronto's Birchmount Park CI.
The school has just finished construction of a $1,500,000 track and field/athletic complex thanks to the Friends of TISS Committee that took 3 years to raise the needed funds. It is now one of the top facilities of it's kind in the country. Many prominent Brockville families contributed a large part to the project, demonstrating the unique community that Brockville is.