Monarch Park Collegiate Institute

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Coordinates: 43°40′46″N 79°19′22″W / 43.67944°N 79.32278°W / 43.67944; -79.32278

Monarch Park Collegiate
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1 Hanson Street
East Danforth, Toronto, Ontario, M4J 1G6, Canada
Public transit access TTC:
North/South: 22 Coxwell
Rapid Transit: Coxwell
School number 5535 / 927384
School board Toronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
Religious affiliation none
Superintendent Mike Gallagher
Area trustee Cathy Dandy
Principal Cynthia Abernethy
Vice Principals Steve Yee
Laura Houghton
Rocky Raccoon
Administrator Ondina Veiga
Connie Cinotti
School type Public High school
IB World School
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East on Coxwell Avenue
Mascot Valour the Lion
Team name Monarch Lions
Colours Green and Gold         
Founded 1964
Enrollment 942 (2013-14)
Homepage Monarch Park Collegiate Institute

Monarch Park Collegiate Institute (referred to Monarch Park CI, MPC, MPCI Monarch Park or Monarch; formerly known as Monarch Park Secondary School) is a high school located near the intersection of Coxwell Avenue and Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Canada overseen by the Toronto Board of Education which later merged unto the Toronto District School Board in 1998.


Monarch Park Collegiate was the first high school built in Toronto after 1937. Construction of the school began in March 1964, and was completed by late August at a cost of $3,751,654.27. In 1966 a third story was added at a cost of $1,245,210.

The school that would later be known as College Francais was founded here in 1979, before being moved to Jarvis Collegiate in 1981.

Monarch Park Collegiate is an International Baccalaureate World School (2007). It presently offers the IB Prep program (Grades 9 and 10) and the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12) which started in September 2008. The current head of the department is Jackie Allen.


Monarch Park Collegiate Institute offers a complete semestered program, open for limited out-of-district student enrollment. Monarch Park Collegiate is a 'Global School' that embraces a philosophy on global education, focusing on human rights education, peace education, international development and environmentalism. The staff and students are from over 100 different countries and speak almost as many languages.


In terms of facilities, the large group instruction room was constructed to allow topics to be presented to approximately 150 and also greatly reduced repetition of the same material. The library, located in the same wing of the school, was constructed with a mezzanine which is capable of seating about 80 students. This mezzanine was constructed so that students could study and be in easy reach of the library's research books and other material. The auditorium, located in the same wing, was equipped with excellent lighting and acoustics system. The eastern wing was constructed with a modern swimming pool, measuring 75' × 35' and varying in depth from 3' to 9½' lined on one side by a gallery. In the summer of 2011 the pool area underwent renovations after being temporarily closed the year before. During the 2009-2010 school year NDP party leader Jack Layton visited the school during an effort to help keep it open to the students and public. On the southern end of the school property is a 400 yard, which used to be an asphalt track, but it now a beautifully constructed dome.


The official mascot is the Monarch Park Lion to represent strength. MPC supports athletic programs and have sports team especially new boys' rugby, football, and baseball teams.

The school has also been featured in popular culture in the 1999 drama The Virgin Suicides directed by Sofia Coppola. It was also featured in "Pigs Gone Wild" (2003) directed by Spaceman Maccarovskoni.

Kenya Program[edit]

This was a program in Canada, where Monarch Park Collegiate partnered with Toronto-based Free the Children (FTC). Thirteen students who were in the midst of studying courses on leadership, international development, human rights education and issues related to Africa and the developing world, traveled to Kenya In November 2006. There, for a month, students worked with the peoples of the Maasai Mara building schools, planting trees, and teaching English.

Two years later, 13 Monarch Park students traveled to Kenya again, for 25 days. After returning to Toronto, students from both trips visited various schools within the GTA as Free the Children Ambassadors, telling their stories and urging students to get involved.

Monarch Park has continued to be one of the top contributing high schools to FTC, and was featured in chapter 7 of the organization's book, Me to We. White, Gold, Green

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