The school is operated by the Guido de Brès Canadian Reformed School Society. This society has as its basis the Word of God as confessed in the Reformed doctrine. The society's members belong to Canadian and United Reformed churches in southern Ontario.
Our school is named after Guido de Brès, a preacher of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands who died as a martyr to the faith in the year 1567. He was the chief author of the Belgic Confession, one of the doctrinal standards of the Reformed Churches. A statement from article 12 of this Confession inscribed in the wooden plaque in the front lobby summarizes our school's vision: " ...to the end that man may serve his God". This plaque was presented to the school on the occasion of the official opening of the original building on this site on October 1, 1977.
The original school crest shown on the left was adopted when the school society was first formed in 1974. It was updated in 2005 with the crest on the right:
The explanation of the school crest is as follows:
The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In the book of Revelation, both the LORD God and the Lord Jesus Christ are called "the Alpha and the Omega" (Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13). In Christian history the designation came to be a name for Christ expressing both his divinity and eternity. For Christians, He is the Beginning and End of life. "Everything in Christ!" The symbol is very appropriate for our school since we confess that Christ is the Alpha and the Omega also of the wisdom, knowledge and understanding our school seeks to impart to our covenant youth.
Wheat represents the children of God (Parable of the Wheat and the Tares -- Matthew 13). The stalks of wheat in the centre of the logo symbolize how we are safely in the embrace of Christ. Again, "Everything in Christ!" As we learn and teach, we do so in Christ.
The school was established in September 1975 with grades 9, 10, and 11. Classes were held in the old Central High School building in downtown Hamilton for two years. This building has since been demolished. In September 1977 the school was able to move into its own newly built premises on Stone Church Road East on the Hamilton Mountain. Three years ago Crerar Drive was extended in front of our school, giving us a new street address.
Our school has been blessed with strong support and steady growth in enrolment. When the school opened in 1975, there were seven teachers and just over 100 students. By September 2002, we had twenty-five teachers and two educational assistants. The enrolment is 423 students in grades 9 to 12.
With our school's rapid growth came the realization that the original building was inadequate in terms of space and specialized rooms. Starting in April, 1995, a massive fundraising campaign was undertaken. The campaign was appropriately called "Building in Faith." By the December, 1995, deadline, a total of $2,500,000 was pledged. The Board then set up a building committee to work with an architect to finalize plans for an expanded facility that would add seven additional rooms, including a new science and computer lab, a new library, a new double gym, expanded guidance, art, and music facilities, upgraded administrative offices, and larger technical shops. Construction began in May, 1996, with the first phase ready for occupancy by February, 1997. The final renovation of the old gym into classrooms and shops was completed by September, 1997. This construction project almost doubled our floor area and usable space.
On May 30, 2015, we celebrated Forty Years of Grace. A video celbrating all that God has given to us in this school can be viewed here.