North Toronto Collegiate Institute
|North Toronto Collegiate Institute|
Labor Omnia Vincit
"Hard work conquers all"
|17 Broadway Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1T7, Canada
|Area trustee||Shelley Laskin|
|Vice principal||Kathleen Pyper
Sima Naymark (for Mary Laszlo)
|School type||High School|
|Colours||Red and Grey|
|Enrollment||1290+ (Spring 2010)|
North Toronto Collegiate Institute (NTCI) is a non-semestered public high school for over 1,200 students located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The School is operated and governed by the Toronto District School Board.
It is ranked 6th out of 718 high schools (2011) in Ontario, and has been within the top 10 since 2006.
North Toronto celebrated its 100th anniversary in May 2012.
North Toronto High School was founded in 1910 and was originally housed in the North Toronto Town Hall. The original two-storey school building had five rooms, and was completed in 1912 (the same year that the town of North Toronto became part of the City of Toronto). Later, the school was renovated to include a third storey and became the north side of the old building, once the south section was built. Other additions include the 1956 math (east) wing, swimming pool, cafeteria and auditorium, as well as the science wing in 1966-1967.
New Building 
In 2002, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute was one of the oldest buildings in the TDSB, and was in need of major repair. A planning process was undertaken to build a new school. Due to a lack of available capital funding at the school board, a decision was taken in 2003 to seek private investment to augment funding committed by the TDSB. Subsequently, Tridel, a large Canadian condominium development corporation, bought 0.7 acres of land from the TDSB for $23 million. Ground breaking occurred November 21, 2007, a year after the project had originally been slated for completion. During construction the school remained open to students because the new building was built on the location of the old sports field. The old building was later demolished.
Architectural aspects of the old building were preserved in the new building's courtyard. Tridel built two condominiums, 24 and 27 stories high. The new school was opened in September 2010, and the condominiums and the school's new field October 2011. The new building, which costs an estimated $52 million, features a roof garden, underground parking lot, and school-wide Wi-Fi.
Student Government 
North Toronto's Student Government is responsible for Student Advocacy, Semi-Formal Dances, Charity Week, School Assemblies and Club Funding. Past Student Council Presidents include: Lyndsey Gott (07/08), Bjorn Nordin (08/09), James Bok (09/10), Martin Laws (10/11), Isaac Marlow-Dilworth (11/12) and Marcus Gottlieb (12/13). The current President is Edmund Park (13/14).
Students run a "Charity Week" to raise money for a charitable foundation selected annually by all students. Money is raised through student-organized events.
|Year||Amount Raised ($CAD)||Charity|
|2007-2008||$40,000||The Stephen Lewis Foundation|
|2008-2009||$40,000||Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada|
|2009-2010||$40,000||Not For Sale Campaign|
|2010-2011||$45,000||War Child Canada|
|2011-2012||$51,910||Spread the Net|
The School provides many sport teams.
Athletic Awards 
The North Toronto Boy's Varsity Hockey team won the TDSSA championship in 2012, for the first time since 1952. The North Toronto Women's Field Hockey team won the TDSSA championship in 2005, 2006 & 2008.
In the 2010/11, the North Toronto Junior Girls Basketball Team won the City of Toronto Championship. The TDSB Tier 2 Senior Boys' Rugby league team has won the last two championships after undefeated seasons.
In the 2011/12, The North Toronto Junior Girls Swim Team won bronze and silver at OFSAA in the 200m Freestyle Relay and the 200m Medley Relay. Bridget Wang also won silver for her 50m Butterfly. The girls were commended for their tremendous effort and success even though the school no longer has a home pool. The members of the Junior Girls team that made it to OFSAA was Bridget Wang (Grade 10, two-time OFSAA qualifier, Butterfly and Freestyle), Sayako Suzuki (Grade 10, two-time OFSAA qualifier, Butterfly and Freestyle), Liana Hadjigeorgiou (Grade 10, one-time OFSAA qualifier, Breaststroke), Hannah Billinger (Grade 10, one-time OFSAA qualifier, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke), Mikki Ayoub (Grade 9, one-time OFSAA qualifier, Freestyle).
2011/2012 Boys Varsity Hockey Team
On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, the North Toronto Varsity Boys Hockey Team won the TDSSAA City Championship and qualified for OFSAA in Peterborough, Ontario. This was North Toronto's first Varsity Hockey Championship since 1952 and first ever OFSAA appearance. The team was composed primarily of Grade 12s and returning players, though two Gr.9s, one new Gr.10, and two Gr. 11's added significant depth to the roster. After an undefeated 6-0-2 regular season they qualified for playoffs as the first seed in the South Regional division. After defeating Riverdale C.I. and Lawrence Park C.I. the team qualified for the South Region Finals against the Humberside C.I. Huskies and earned an automatic birth into the City Championship Tournament. In the Regional Finals the team was upended 3-2 in overtime. The coaches of the team (John Taylor & Danny Russell) compared this loss to the Edmonton Oilers of 1982. The team became hungrier than ever for a City Championship. After defeating Sir Oliver Mowat C.I. in the Semi-Finals at the MasterCard Centre, North Toronto was given a rematch against Humberside at North Toronto Arena. After falling behind 2-0, Mark McGregor scored with three minutes left in the 2nd period to give the Norsemen life. Going into the 3rd period the team believed they could win. They scored two more goals, by Rhys Evenson and Brian Hamm, to lead 3-2 with just three minutes to play in regulation. But with 18 seconds left, Humberside scored to force another overtime. After goaltender Evan Morse made a season-saving stop, Rhys Evenson skated from his own blueline and scored his second of the game to win the TDSSAA championship for North Toronto C.I. in a game for the ages.
The School provides students with academic and special interest club opportunities.
(some of the available clubs)
North Toronto has two newspapers, the school sponsored "Graffiti" and the student published "Red and Green", also known as the "RAG". Graffiti is made up entirely of volunteers, while students studying in the writer's craft class(es)constitute the RAG's staff. Graffiti was featured in the Toronto Star in June, 2010. Graffiti wins multiple awards from the Toronto Star High School Newspaper contest, including winning Best Newspaper for three years running, top Humour writers, etc.
Music Program 
North Toronto C.I. is well known for its music programs. The music program supports several musical ensembles.
The ensembles participate in various musical events and competitions, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Ontario Vocal Festival and the Contemporary Music Showcase. Twice a year, the school puts on major concerts; Fall Fare is in November, Maytime Melodies in Spring. Students taking a music class are allowed to participate in or try out for any of these musical ensembles, provided they participate in the musical ensemble associated with their music class.
North Toronto's Junior Strings Orchestra placed first in their division with a Platinum mark in the 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival.
North Toronto's Symphony Orchestra placed first in their division with a Gold mark in the 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival.
North Toronto's Choral Ensemble and Chamber Choir placed very well in the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival. The Chamber Choir, which was ranked as one of the top high school choirs, participated in the provincials.
North Toronto is the only high school in the GTA with a performance marching band. The band practices weekly before school from September to November to prepare for its annual appearance in the Toronto and Markham Santa Claus Parades.
The 2009-2010 North Toronto C.I. Music Bowlathon brought in over $10,000 in donations to support the School's music programs.
North Toronto Collegiate Institute has a very small area from which they are required to accept students because of the proximity of Northern Secondary School to the east and Lawrence Collegiate to the west. As a result, North Toronto maintains a high rate of acceptance to universities by asking low performing students to leave the school.
The School gives out yearly awards to recognize the best students in sports, academics, music, drama, and citizenship. Some notable awards include:
- the Sifton Trophy for Young Men
- Kerr Trophy for Young Women
- R.R.H. (Bud) Page Valedictory Prize
- Governor General's Academic Medal
- Sakhawalkar-Bhatt Citizenship Award
- John Taylor Award
- Senator Keith Davey Award
In its first year in a Gold LEED Facility, North Toronto C.I. attained the EcoSchools Gold Certification.
Notable former pupils and faculty 
- Malin Åkerman, actor, attended NTCI during the mid-1990s.
- Christie Blatchford, graduated 1970, newspaper columnist for The National Post.
- Dinah Christie, singer, comedienne, and Canadian television personality. Performed stage revues with Tom Kneebone. Graduated 1961.
- Ryan Hinds, DB for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
- David Cronenberg, filmmaker, graduated with an average of 80% or higher (Ontario Scholar Status).
- Jim Cuddy, member of Blue Rodeo, also member of the NTCI football team.
- Keith Davey, member, Order of Canada, former Canadian Football League (CFL) commissioner, and former Canadian Senator.
- Tom Europe, CFL player (also attended Northern Secondary School).
- Josh Finlayson, graduated 1982, member of the Skydiggers.
- Megan Follows, graduated 1986, actress best known for her title role in Anne of Green Gables.
- Camilla Gibb, attended 1982-1986, winner, 2000 City of Toronto Book Award.
- Alice Glass, lead singer of Crystal Castles, left in 2003
- Karl Jaffary, former municipal politician.
- Rebecca Jenkins, actress and singer.
- Greg Keelor, member of Blue Rodeo, also member of NTCI football.
- Jennifer Lanthier, children's author
- Henry Lau, Celebrity, attended North Toronto in grade 9. Member of boy band Super Junior M.
- Daniel Levy, MTV Canada television personality.
- Doug Lewis, graduated 1957, held several cabinet posts in the Mulrooney government.
- Eric Lindros, former NHL player, attended NTCI for grade nine, then went on to attend another Toronto high school.
- Victor Ling, officer, Order of Canada; cancer researcher; graduated 1962
- Andy Maize, member of the Skydiggers.
- Kenneth Money, graduated 1948, scientist and athlete.
- Nash the Slash, musician.
- Roger Neilson, graduated 1951, coach, National Hockey League (NHL).
- Eric Pacey, National Lacrosse League Player, former Toronto Rock player, attended North Toronto for 4 years during the 90's
- Saša Petricic, graduated 1982, reporter, CBC News.
- Keanu Reeves, actor, attended NTCI for grade nine, then went on to attend a number of other Toronto high schools, including De La Salle.
- Dave Sapunjis, graduated 1986, CFL player (Calgary), Grey Cup Most Valuable Player 1991, 1992, 1995.
- Brit Selby (faculty), former NHL player and Calder Memorial Trophy winner for the league's top rookie as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1965-1966, taught history classes at the school.
- Keith Spicer, graduated 1952, first Official Languages Commissioner appointed in Canada, former Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman, former editor of the Ottawa Citizen.
- Amanda Tapping, actress and producer, class of 1984.
- Bill Watters, staff 1966-1970, assistant President of the Toronto Maple Leafs and owner of the Toronto Rock.
- Milosh, electronic musician.
- Michael Roth, Songwriter, Music Producer, Music Executive
- Tommy Europe, fitness trainer and host of Slice's The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp TV show. Played ice hockey goalie for NT varsity boys team. Former professional CFL defensive back.
- Allison Vuchnich, Correspondent, Global TV News, Global National and 16x9
- Jee Yun Lee, CP24 anchor
See also 
- "North Toronto's TDSB Facts and Figures page"
- "North Toronto's TDSB Page"
- "Frasier Institute's profile on North Toronto"
- http://www.thestar.com/article/857055--new-north-toronto-collegiate-opens-sharing-space-with-condo-towers The Toronto Star, 4 December 2011
- http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2011/10/completion-republic-yonge-eglinton Urban Toronto, 4 December 2011
- "NTCI : News : Charity Week raised $40,000"
- "North Toronto CI : Sports Teams"
- "North Toronto CI : General Clubs"
- "Toronto Star Intern Journalists"
- "North Toronto CI : Department : Music"
- "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2001". North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
- Allinson, Ashley. "David Cronenberg". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
- "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2002". North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
- Gordon, Cameron. "Unknown". The Village Post. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
- Weisblott, Marc (1997-07-10). "Keanu's speed:Tracing the steps of our Toronto homeboy". Eye Weekly. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
- "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2005". North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
- "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2003". North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-09-07.
- NTCI school website
- Delta Tech NTCI Robotics
- TDSB Toronto District School Board
- Location of the school, with photos and links to web sites related to the area