Bloor Collegiate Institute

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Bloor Collegiate Institute
Bloor Collegiate Institute front facade.jpg
"The Best in the West".

Quod Incepimus Conficiemus
What We Have Begun, We Shall Finish.[1]
1141 Bloor Street West
Brockton Village, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1M9
School type Public, high school
Founded 1920
School board Toronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
Superintendent Curtis Ennis [2]
Area trustee Marit Stiles [2]
School number 5505 / 895407
Principal Susana Arnott [2]
Vice principal Reiko Fuentes [2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 555 (2014-15)
Language English
Colour(s) Maroon and Gold         
Team name Bloor Golden Bears
Public transit access TTC:
North/South: 29 Dufferin
Rapid Transit: Dufferin

Bloor Collegiate Institute (Bloor CI, BCI , or Bloor, originally Davenport High School and Bloor High School[3]) is a public secondary school located at the intersection of Bloor Street and Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school is located in the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood and part of the Toronto Board of Education that was merged into the Toronto District School Board. Attached to the school is Alpha II Alternative School.

In September 2017, the school will be relocated into the refurbished building in the former Brockton High School. The school building located in 7.6 acres is now transferred to the Toronto Lands Corporation, a TDSB-managed realtor arm.[4]


The school was founded in 1920 as Davenport High School located in five classrooms on the top floor of the Jesse Ketchum Public School to form the first student body that became Bloor High School.[3][5] It later became Bloor Collegiate Institute in October 1925, and the original building opened in 1927 had 15 standard classrooms, one lecture room, physics and science rooms.[3]

In the 1970s, the school fielded sports teams in football, soccer, hockey, basketball, cricket, volleyball, rugby, cross-country running, track and field, and archery. Today, sports like Ultimate Frisbee, badminton have been added to the roster. Teams competed in the "junior" level (grades 9 and 10 students), and the "senior" level (grades 11 and 12 students).

In 2011, the school won more gold medals at the Toronto Sci-Tech Fair than any other school, and sent two students on to the national science fair. Both of these students were from the TOPS on Bloor Program.

The school was named as the TDSB secondary school showing the greatest rate of improvement in the 2011-2012 Fraser Institute Report. The school is now (2012-2013 ranking) ranked at 133 out of the 740 secondary schools in the province.[6] Over the previous five years, the school had ranked at approximately 322.[7] The improvement is credited in part to substantial improvements on the EQAO Mathematics Assessment, which is written by Grade 9 students. “That is a tremendous result for a school of modest-means families, where ESL is a strong component and special needs as well,” states Peter Cowley from the Fraser Institute.[8]

Relocation to Brockton[edit]

Future home of Bloor Collegiate at Brockton, effective September 2017.

In October 2009, the Toronto District School Board passed the redevelopment plan on Bloor/Dufferin.[4] As a result, two schools were closed after the ARC review: Kent Senior Public School (2012) and West Toronto Collegiate Institute (2010).[4]

The Toronto District School Board will receive capital funding from the provincial government for the school's renovations[4][9] Meanwhile, the Toronto Lands Corporation, a realtor arm of the school board, declared 7.6 acres of the Bloor and Kent properties surplus and is placed up for sale.[4] The school is expected to move into the former Brockton High School facility in September 2017.[4]

Offers have been made by the Toronto Catholic District School Board to acquire a portion of the property in concert with the City of Toronto.[10]

School Culture[edit]

In the 1960s and 1970s, the school was predominantly attended by immigrants and first-generation Canadians of immigrants of mostly European origin (especially English, Irish, Ukrainian, Italian, Greek and Portuguese although some students were of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Tamil background). Currently, 70% of students speak a language other than English at home.[7] Bloor students come from the neighbouring community as well as from communities across the city for the TOPS on Bloor Program.

School motto: "Quod Incepimus Conficiemus" – What We Have Begun, We Shall Finish. (Shared with Colonel By Secondary School, Gloucester, Ontario.)

Student Achievements[edit]

Recipient of 2013 Loran Scholarship [11]

2014 TDSB Top Graduate [12]

2014 Queen's University Chancellor Scholarship Recipient

Participants at DECA International 2013, 2014

AP Scholars with Distinction


The School provides many sport teams.[13]


The School provides students with academic and special interest club opportunities.

(some of the available clubs)[13]

TOPS on Bloor Program[edit]

Bloor Collegiate Institute houses a program called TOPS, an abbreviation for "Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences".[14] The program started in September 2009 after the board decided to expand the program at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute.[14] Programs at both schools are fully independent from each other. In order to apply to this specialized program, grade 8 students must write an entrance exam covering math, science and writing skills. A student profile and a final grade 7 report card complete the application package. There is a $400 fee which pays for all core field trips and classroom materials beyond the Ontario curriculum, allowing for tremendous enrichment. TOPS on Bloor students have gone on to National Science Fairs, International Business competitions, and much more, thus familiarizing Bloor's name on the international stage.[15] A Bloor TOPS student placed third at the 2012 International DECA competition in Salt Lake City as part of the Ontario DECA Team.[16]

Subjects required for TOPS on Bloor[edit]

Subjects required for TOPS on Bloor [17]
Grade Subject Source
9 Science [15]
Computer Studies & Communication Technology
10 Science
2 Maths
Careers & Civics
11 Pre-AP Biology
Pre-AP Chemistry and/or Pre-AP Physics
AP 2D Graphic Design or Computer Science
2 Maths - Pre-AP Functions & AP Calculus
12 AP Biology
AP Chemistry and/or AP Physics
Math 157 @ University of Toronto (optional)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c Secondary Schools: A to F - For King and Country
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  5. ^ "About". Toronto District School Board. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
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  7. ^ a b Connor, Kevin. "Bloor Collegiate Institute Credits its Small Size for Big Results". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Kent, Simon. "Success at Ontario High Schools". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Alphonso, Caroline (April 4, 2014). "Ontario funds won’t cover capital needs, funding not enough, TDSB head says". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
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  14. ^ a b MacDonald, Moira (7 December 2009). "TOPS is a Toronto school gem". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "TOPS on Bloor Program". Toronto District School Board. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Congratulations DECA Ontario". DECA Ontario. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
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Coordinates: 43°39′33″N 79°26′13″W / 43.659292°N 79.436994°W / 43.659292; -79.436994