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The Sterling Hall School was established in 1987 when founder Darlene Ferris had a vision for a primary-aged boys' school that would provide not only excellent education but a supportive environment where boys could find a sense of belonging.

Over 30 years later, SHS has earned a reputation for providing a warm and close-knit environment for 320 students, offering 35 sports teams and 50 co-curricular clubs. Our Sterling Strategy 2023+ articulates a compelling vision for future growth, even as we retain our mission to be a place that inspires and empowers each boy through his formative years.

In photo: Rick Parsons (Principal), James Macdonald, Darlene Ferris, Ian Robinson

Our Founders

SHS is so grateful to our founding board members:

Dick Howard
Bill McClintock
Don Morrison
Helga Plumb

The spirit of these four people lives on in the Houses that carry their names:
Howard Hounds, McClintock Mustangs, Morrison Knights and Plumb Pirates.

our school song

Sterling Hall, O Sterling Hall,
As we tread our hallowed halls.

Through the years our dear old school
Will be remembered by us.

As we stand,
Brave and true.
Sterling Hall will guide us.

Sterling Hall,
The white and blue,
Always there beside us.


1987 The Sterling Hall School (SHS) opens its doors at 230 The Donway West with 16 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3. Darlene Ferris is founding principal.
1988  SHS moves to a larger facility at 99 Cartwright Avenue. Grades 4, 5 and 6 are added by 1991.
1995  Ian Robinson replaces Darlene Ferris as principal. Principal Ian Robinson, led the school for 17 years and enabled SHS to achieve a solid reputation for academic excellence and character development.
2012  Rick Parsons becomes the third principal of SHS. Sterling Strategy 2014+ is initiated.
2017 SHS celebrates 30 Sterling Years. Vice-Principal James Macdonald announces his retirement after 30 years with the school.
2023  SHS celebrates 35 Sterling Years. Sterling Strategy 2023+ is initiated.