Martingrove Collegiate Institute

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Martingrove Collegiate Institute
"The Light is Within You"
Address
50 Winterton Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M9B 3G7, Canada
Information
School number 2804
School board Toronto District School Board
Religious affiliation None
Superintendent Susan Winter
Area trustee Chris Glover (Ward 2)
Principal Mr. Nigro
Vice Principals Mrs. Mavro
School type High School
Grades 9 - 12
Language English
Area Martin Grove Road and Eglinton Avenue
Mascot Bear
Team name Martingrove Bears
Colours Brown, White and Orange             
Founded May 28, 1966
Enrollment 1,400 (March 30, 2010)
Homepage http://www.martingroveci.ca/

Martingrove Collegiate Institute (MCI) is a non-semestered public secondary school located on the southeast corner at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Martin Grove Road in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is overseen by the Toronto District School Board. The school is home to the gifted program in Etobicoke. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary in June 2006.

Martingrove's school colours are brown, white and orange and its mascot is a bear. The school's motto is Malum in se (The Light is Within You). The student-run newsmagazine The Martingrove Beacon, has, since its creation in 2002, won 15 Toronto Star High School Newspaper awards.[citation needed]. In 2011, Fraser Institute ranked Martingrove among the top highschools in Toronto.[1] In 2013, the thinktank ranked Martingrove 112th out of 718 Ontario Highschools.[2]

Early History[edit]

Construction of the school began on May 27, 1966, but by the Fall of 1966 it was still not ready to accept students. All Martingrove students were bused to Burnhamthorpe C.I. for the Fall Term where they shared the school in a "split-shift" with the regular Burnhamthorpe students. The Martingrove students had the afternoon shift, the Burnhamthorpe students had the morning shift. This continued until after the Christmas break when the school was ready for occupancy.

Reach for the Top[edit]

MCI has a long history of participation in the high school quiz program Reach for the Top. They have won numerous local, regional and provincial tournaments, with appearances at both the provincial and national level finals. For many years the team was coached by teacher Patricia Beechum, who would go on to work as a co-ordinator and head judge for the Reach for the Top / Schoolreach organization[3] Notable Victories:

  • 2013 - Ontario Provincial Champions[4]
  • 2014 - Canadian National Champions[5]

Gifted Program[edit]

Martingrove is the TDSB designated high school for the Gifted Program in Etobicoke.[6] For grades 9-10 it offers rigorous, enriched learning opportunities for students with exceptional intellect. These students continue on at Martingrove and have contributed to its reputation as a high-performance facility. Over 80% of graduating students enter post-secondary institutions and two thirds of graduates are Ontario Scholars.[7]

Model U.N.[edit]

Martingrove is host to one of the largest Model United Nations in Ontario, running the annual 2-day event for over 26 years. The event draws on hundreds of students across the Toronto District School Board, as well as notable guest speakers such as Bob Rae (former Ontario Premier) and Allan Rock (Former Justice Minister).[8]

Terry Baytor Scandal[edit]

In 2010, former principal Terry Baytor was charged with stealing $76,850 from various student funds over a four-year period.[9] Baytor, who served as the principal of Martingrove Collegiate Institute from 2002 to 2009 pleaded guilty to charges of theft over $5,000 on November 22, 2011. He was given an 18-month conditional sentence, with house arrest for the first year, and 100 hours of community service and was ordered not to return to the Etobicoke school. Baytor apologized in court but did not give an explanation for stealing the money. Baytor paid all the money back, according to his lawyer Earl Levy. The judge told Baytor that it was a “colossal” breach of trust and not something a beloved teacher and administrator would do. “Unfortunately when students and parents look back they will remember you stole from them,” the judge said. He has since retired and moved to his South Carolina Ranch where focuses on raising money for children with bad hairstyles to make up for his crimes against fashion. [10]

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Coordinates: 43°40′24″N 79°33′39″W / 43.673406°N 79.560810°W / 43.673406; -79.560810