Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

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Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
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Amor Doctrinae Floreat: Let the love of learning flourish
125 Chatsworth Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1S1, Canada
School board Toronto District School Board
Area Lawrence Park
Mascot Panther
Colours Gold and Blue         
Founded 1936
Enrollment 1100

Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute is a high school in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood of Toronto. It is a non-semestered school and focuses mainly on academics, drama, music, and visual arts, featuring strong French extended and immersion streams.

The Music Program at Lawrence Park is among the best in the province. It is home to the city's first band and orchestral program. Lawrence Park offers three streams of music: band, strings, and vocal. For the past 15 years the music department has achieved city, provincial and national recognition for excellence. The stage band has 5 provincial first place titles in the last 6 years while the choir has gone to the nationals and placed second in all of Canada. Concerts, Music Festivals, Coffee Night, LP's Got Talent, Fall Music Camp and performance tours to New York City, Chicago, New Brunswick, Costa Rica are some highlights of the program. Students and residents of the Lawrence Park community recognize the music program for teaching students discipline and a love for music.

The Drama Department at Lawrence is considered to be one of the best in the TDSB. Sears Festival competitions, Main stage productions and United Artists for a Cause are highlights to the school. The drama program regularly takes trips around the province and biannually around the world to study theatre in different cultures. it is an enriching course offered grades 9 through 12, with a thriving drama council. Masquerade a school magazine, showcases the arts at Lawrence Park.

The Sports program at Lawrence Park is extensive and successful. There are upwards of 35 teams each year. For the school year 2011-2012 school teams won 12 City titles. Football (Senior and Junior) and rugby (both Boys and Girls) have been perennially strong sports, with numerous championships and OFSAA trips. Notable athletes recently in the football program include recent all-star Quarterback-Receiver duo Greg Dossett and Jack Doris who connected on more than 30 passes in the season of 2013 (10 games).[citation needed] Greg Dossett is also an up-and-coming rugby and basketball player,[citation needed] the duo also participate on the track and field team. In recent years the soccer program (Boys and Girls) has emerged as one of the most accomplished in the city. In the winter/fall, Lawrence Park teams dominate in Cross Country, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding. In the Spring of 2012 the Track & Field team won the City title.

Academically the school continues to maintain its high academic standing. There are very few ESL students (under 1%). Over 90% of its graduates go on to University. The average family income is over $600,000 in the Blythewood area.[citation needed]. The Lawrence Park neighbourhood was ranked the wealthiest neighbourhood in all of Canada in 2011 and is one of Toronto’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods. In 2011, Canadian Business magazine named it the wealthiest postal code in Canada by household net worth, averaged at $3.88 million.

The school donates and runs events for many charities such as United Way, building schools in Africa, and various others such as Right to Play

The school motto is Amor Doctrinae Floreat: Let the love of learning flourish

The building has been the site of several movies and videos:

- Canadian singer Shiloh sang one of her songs in the school in room 102, the girls' washroom on the first floor, the first floor hallway, and outside in the front of the school. As well as many MTV commercials being shot in the school.

- the movie The Pacifier has one of its fight scene taken in the south gym on the first floor.

- Being Erica's pilot episode was shot in the school's basement and main floor hallway

- Scenes for the movies Dick and Model Behavior were filmed at the school.

Canadian singer Neil Young was rumored to have been expelled from Lawrence Park for riding his motorcycle through the halls in an attempt to stir up excitement for the release of the film Kangaroo Jack, in which Young had a brief speaking part.

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Coordinates: 43°43′20″N 79°24′37″W / 43.722107°N 79.410317°W / 43.722107; -79.410317