Perhaps most famous as “the town in North Ontario” Neil Young sings about in his classic song “Helpless”, Omemee gets its name from the Ojibwa word for “pigeon”. Young spent his formative years here in this town on the banks of a river surrounded by hills and farmland. With a population of 1319, Omemee is situated close to Emily Provincial Park. Notable attractions include Omemee Beach, Pioneer Days, and the annual Santa Claus Parade.
Scott Young Public School (SYPS) was opened in September of 1993. It is named after a famous local resident, author and former Toronto Star and Globe and Mail columnist, Scott Young. Scott Young has an equally famous son, recording star Neil Young.
Located in Omemee, Ontario the school was built to try and alleviate overcrowding in some neighbouring elementary schools particularly, Lady Eaton Public School. As a result SYPS houses Grade 5-8 students while Lady Eaton retains the JK-4 students of the region.
SYPS is a very attractive school with specialized science, music and art classrooms as well as a large gymnasium and beautiful library. The school mascot is the Scottish Terrier, chosen for its intelligence and tenacity.
The first principal of SYPS (1993-1997) was Mr. Dave Allen. He was responsible for some of the design elements of the building, as well as its unique partial rotary timetable in both Junior and Intermediate grades.
At SYPS we value a balanced approach to education emphasizing not only traditional academic subjects, but also computers, art, music and a range of extra-curricular activities.