Markham District High School is a public high school in the town of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 29 high schools in the York Region District School Board. MDHS and its approximately 1,350 full-time students are active in spirit and in the community. The school hosts approximately forty clubs, some of which are activist-based (for example, Amnesty International). MDHS is well known for its Music program, which participates in various music festivals, competitions and other events. MDHS offers a three-year Latin program and supports a Classics Club. MDHS also offers AP ( Advanced Placement) programs and the Core Gifted program. MDHS has also several other clubs such as the Architecture, Design, and Engineering Club, DECA, Computer Programming Club, Eco-Markham and much more. MDHS participates in the following annual events:
  • Annual Earth Hour Assembly brought to you by EcoMarkham
  • Grade 9 Welcome Day
  • Black History Month
  • Battle of the Bands
  • "Cabaret" music night
  • Mosaic Mix Cultural Show
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation Campaign
  • Canadian Cancer Society Cure for Cancer Campaign
  • Certamen
  • Ontario Student Classics Conference
  • Free The Children Holiday Run
  • Markham Bowl Annual football game between Markham District High School and Brother André Catholic High School.

Markham District High School was the first school in Markham. Secondary school education officially began in Markham, in January, 1858, which was then called Markham High School. Since there was not a school building, quarters were rented in Temperance Hall, on the site now occupied by the Markham Lawn Bowling Club. The year 1952 marked the establishment of the present Markham High School District, which comprises approximately the south-east half of Markham. In April 1953, the construction of the present school on Church Street began. In September 1954, a modern, three hundred pupil Secondary School was opened. In July, 1964, construction was started on a vocational addition, which would make the Markham District High School a fully composite school. This was occupied in September 1965. Two years later more accommodation was needed, and the latest addition was opened in January 1970. The enrolment for 1971-1972 in this large, well equipped composite school is approximately eighteen hundred students. In the year 2010, a new school was built while the old one got torn down.

The Markham Maurauders are the official sports team, best known for football and basketball. The Markham Marauders are the first, and only team in York Region to win the coveted Metro Bowl. They defeated Birchmount Park 19-0 in the 2009 Metro Bowl played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Markham Marauders boys curling team has been YRAA champions and OFSAA participants for the past four years.

The musical education program at MDHS is arguably one of the best in the country. A number of regularly occurring music ensembles exist at Markham District High School. They include:

A new school will be built over time on two of the school's fields (front fields, leaving one field at the back), and was planned to open for the 2009/2010 academic year, but due to the students wanting the metal shops to remain in the school, plans have been delayed. They are now hoping to break ground in early November 2008, and will open the school for the 2010/2011 academic year. Currently, the projected number of people for that year is to be 1650, a drop of about 450 students from the 2006/2007 year. This will occur as a result of another high school's (Bur Oak Secondary School) territory overlapping with Markham District's current boundaries.

Feeder Schools
  • Franklin Street Public School
  • Boxwood Public School
  • Legacy Public School
  • E.T Crow Public School
  • Reesor Park Public School
  • William Armstrong Public School
For those in the Gifted Program - William Berczy Public School


School Bus
As per the criteria of Student Transportation Service (joint school bus service for YRDSB and YCDSB), students from grade 9-12 in the YRDSB are eligible for public transportation if they are:
  • 1. Living more than 3.2 km from the school (measured along safe wlakways)
  • 2. Living in a non-transit served area. (A transit served area means that a person can get to and from school using the YRT/Viva in less than an hour, needs to walk no more than 1 km to/from the stop, and needs to take a maximum of 3 bussess each way).
Students in a special needs program (excluding gifted), are exempt from the policy and always receive it.

Public Transit
There are a number of routes which serve the school, partially because of its Gifted and AP programs, partially due to its proximity to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Bus terminal. The YRT routes which stop at or near the school are:
  • Route 1 - Highway 7
  • Route 41 - Markham Local
  • Route 102D - Markham Road (operated by the TTC)
  • Route 522 - Markham Community Bus
Also, routes which divert to the school at the begenning and end of the school day are:
  • Route 2A - 14th Avenue
  • Route 9 - Ninth Line
In addidtion there are 2 High School Specials for Markham district. These specials are generally for those in the gifted program. They are also used by those in grade 11 and 12 who are doen with the gifted program and are continuing at MDHS. It is also used by grade 12 students in the AP program who happen to live near the route. Route 409 serves those whose homeschools are Bur Oak Secondary School or Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School. Route 410 serve those whose homeschools are Markville Secondary School or Unionville High School

Notable alumni
  • Steve Thomas, NHL ice hockey player
  • Brad May, NHL ice hockey player
  • Frank Scarpitti, Current Mayor of the Town of Markham
  • Sean Morley, World Wrestling Entertainment, Val Venis of WWE fame
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown, professional women's basketball player
  • Shauna Robertson, Hollywood Film Producer
  • Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker's (USS) DJ and Hypeman, Jason Parsons (Human Kebab)
  • Geoff Keighley, video game journalist
  • Jeff Skinner, NHL Ice Hockey player
  • Cameron Gaunce, NHL Ice Hockey player

  • Grade 9 Band
  • Grade 10 Symphonic Band
  • Grade 11 Wind Symphony
  • Grade 12 Wind Symphony
  • Grade 11/12 Festival Winds
  • Opus One
  • Monday Morning Blues Band
  • Church Street Swing Machine
  • Washington Tour Band
  • International Tour Band
  • Senior Clarinet Quintet
  • Sax Ensemble
  • Trombone Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Junior Flute Quartet
  • Senior Flute Quartet
  • Jazz Combo
  • Junior Vocal
  • Senior Vocal
  • Sisters of Song
  • Chamber Choir
  • Third Stream
  • Guitar Ensemble

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