We are Smith House—mighty, mighty Smith House!
Food is a catalyst that quickly bonds our housemates together. Many of us cook for each other, share recipes and we never miss a chance to come together for one of our famous BBQ. The kitchen area is the most popular place in Smith. It is where the kids learn to cook, share their masterpieces, and break bread together. The boys at Smith become family quickly and this bond lasts well after graduation.
We enjoy watching sports, play chess, video games, talking about everything, sitting around the fire with our Houseparent and beating him at cards. We are encouraged to help each other in school subjects and all aspects of BCS life.
What's in a name
Smith House, named after Mr. S. Percy Smith, was built in 1948, making it one of the oldest buildings on campus. Smith joined the BCS community in 1910, leaving the school to join the war effort in 1916. He returned to BCS as a Housemaster for one year before becoming Headmaster in 1920. For 11 years, Smith steered the school as its Head and took the school from the Bishop’s University campus to the current location. Smith House is one of the first buildings one sees after crossing the St. Francis River, and its lawn is always abuzz with activities like BBQs and basketball games.
From Old Boy to teacher to Headmaster, Mr. Smith always put education first during his tenure. So much so that even when he became Headmaster, he didn’t let go of any of his teaching responsibilities. Ever present, Mr. Smith never missed a first team game as he considered physical activities, like hockey, a priority. In 1926, he built Memorial Arena to honour the Old Boys who fell in the First World War. The rink is now part of his legacy at BCS. In June 1929, he received D.C.L. (Honoris Causa) from Bishop’s University in appreciation of his service to education.
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Meet the Smith House Team
Smith House is the oldest of nine houses in the BCS community. Our pride, spirit, sense of brotherhood, and care for each other give the house a family ambiance and transform a residence into a home for 24 young adults. Smith boys are given autonomy and encouraged to become house captains, tuck president, head of house, as well as serve on the activities and the discipline committee. This year, we are well represented, as many of our members assumed leadership roles within the student body.Houseparent Gilles Nichols
Smith Houseparents through the years
R. L. Evans 1954-1960 • R. R. Owen 1961-1983 • Mr. & Mrs. Evans 1983-1992 • Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer 1992-1996 • Mr. & Mrs. Mooney 1996-1999 • Mr. & Mrs. Reid 1999-2000 • Mr. & Mrs. Reid 2000-2002 • Scott Kelso 2002-2008 • Darren Matthews 2009-2016 • Jay Wilt 2016-2020 • Gilles Nichols 2020-Present