Northern Secondary School (Toronto)
|Northern Secondary School|
The Pride, The Spirit.
|851 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2L5, Canada
|School board||Toronto District School Board|
|Area trustee||Shelly Laskin|
|Vice principal||Robert McIntosh
|School type||Public high school|
|Team name||Red Knights|
|Colours||Red, Gold, and Blue|
|Enrollment||1,800 (Fall 2011) |
Northern Secondary School is a public high school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It teaches grades 9 through 12. It is a part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Prior to 1998 it was within the Toronto Board of Education (TBE). The closest TTC station is Eglinton.
Founded in 1930, it was originally known as Northern Vocational School, until the twenty-fifth anniversary when the name was changed to Northern Technical-Commercial, which lasted for three years until the present name, Northern Secondary School, came into use because a definite district had been assigned for matriculation students.
Northern's gifted program / enriched program and its comprehensive range of elective courses, including a diverse art department, bring students in from across the city, as do its deaf and hard of hearing programs, although in recent years it has become harder to get in via optional attendance lotteries.
In 2011, Northern's students have obtained over $1 million in university scholarships.
Northern's students have won numerous national & international awards in multiple academic disciplines. These include the NASA space settlement competition, the World Debates at Oxford, England, and the Canadian Association of Physicists national contest.
The school has over 50 active clubs, associations and committees, as well as over 110 teachers.
The school has over 50 varsity athletic teams. Northern's football team, the Red Knights, have won numerous titles in Toronto's high school league (including two Metro Bowls, and the first Toronto Bowl). As well, a number of top players have gone on to join the Canadian Football League.
Film & Television Appearances
The films Carrie and Resident Evil: Apocalypse were filmed inside the school. The academic decathlon scene of Billy Madison was filmed in the school's auditorium. Numerous commercials have also been filmed on the school's premises.
Northern has a long history of supporting national & international charities, with over 40 years of participation in the United Way fundraisers for poverty alleviation. The school has been the top fundraiser amongst Toronto high schools for a number of years.
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