Earl Haig Secondary School

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Earl Haig Secondary School
EHSS Outside.jpg
Carpe Diem
"Seize the day"
100 Princess Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3R7, Canada
School number 906450
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Sue Pfeffer
Area trustee Mari Rutka
Principal Renata Gonsalves
School type Public High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Toronto
Mascot Carp
Colours Blue and White
Founded 1929
Enrollment 2,300
Homepage earlhaig.ca

Earl Haig Secondary School is a public high school with a student body of about 2,600 students in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to being a public secondary school, the school is also host to The Claude Watson Arts Program, an auditioned arts program integrated into the secondary school curriculum.[1][2]


The school's namepiece from the original building.

The school is named after Field Marshal The 1st Earl Haig, who was commander of the British Expeditionary Force during the majority of the First World War. The school was established in 1928, shortly after the Earl Haig's death.[3]

The original school was designed by the Toronto architectural firm of Craig and Madill[4] and construction started in November 1929. The building officially opened in 1930 as Earl Haig Collegiate Institute. Additions continued through the 1940s, 50s and 60s. In 1961, the school changed its name from Earl Haig Collegiate Institute to Earl Haig Secondary School.

The Claude Watson Arts Program began in 1982.[5] The program consists of dance, drama, music, screen arts, and visual arts.

In 1996, the original building was demolished in sections to make way for a new building. This new building was designed around the original auditorium, Cringan Hall. Carruthers Shaw and Partners Limited, the same company that designed buildings at Queen's University and Upper Canada College, designed the new building and Bondfield Construction were contracted to build the school. The new 310,000 sq ft (29,000 m2) building was officially opened in September 1997 at a cost of CAD$30,800,000.[6]

Claude Watson Arts Program[edit]

The Claude Watson Arts Program was founded in 1982 and integrated with Earl Haig.[7] The school has two separate programs now, the un-auditioned, open collegiate secondary school and the Claude Watson Arts Program.[8] The Claude Watson program is audition only.[9]

Each student takes a full academic course load and, additionally, majors in one of five arts disciplines: Dance, Drama, Music, Screen Arts, and Visual Arts.[10]

The Arts program is similar to the arts-only school Etobicoke School of the Arts.

Notable alumni[edit]

See: List of Earl Haig Secondary School people

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°46′10″N 79°24′22″W / 43.7694°N 79.4061°W / 43.7694; -79.4061