St. Basil-the-Great College School

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St. Basil-the-Great College School
SBGCS Logo.svg
Excelsa Petite
Strive for that which is great
20 Starview Lane
Pelmo Park–Humberlea, North York, Ontario, M9M 3B2, Canada
Coordinates 43°43′41″N 79°31′58″W / 43.727928°N 79.532855°W / 43.727928; -79.532855Coordinates: 43°43′41″N 79°31′58″W / 43.727928°N 79.532855°W / 43.727928; -79.532855
Public transit access TTC:
West/East: 84 Sheppard West, 96 Wilson, 165 Weston Road North
Rapid Transit: Sheppard-Yonge, Wilson
School number 513 / 776360
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Basilian Fathers)
Superintendent Loretta Notten
Area 1
Area trustee Sal Piccininni
Ward 3
Principal Tony Augello
Vice Principals Laura DiManno
Miles Fernandes
School type Catholic High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Team name St. Basil Barons
Colours Blue and Gold         
Founded 1962
Enrollment 1246 (2012-13)
Parish St. Jude
Specialist High Skills Major Business
(Awaiting approval from the board)
Program Focus Advanced Placement
Elite Arts/Athletes
Homepage St. Basil-the-Great College School

St. Basil-the-Great College School (also known locally as St. Basil-The-Great, SBGCS, SBC, St. Basil's, or just Basil's) is a Roman Catholic secondary school of the Toronto Catholic District School Board located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It's named after Basil of Caesarea, the school's patron saint.


Patron saint[edit]

Main article: Basil of Caesarea

Basil of Caesarea was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. His ability to balance his theological convictions with his political connections made Basil a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.

In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labour. Together with Pachomius, he is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is considered a saint by the traditions of both Eastern and Western Christianity.

School history[edit]

St. Basil-the-Great was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1962, as a private boys' boarding school at 3100 Weston Road between Sheppard and Weston as the first Catholic school in the northwestern North York area.[citation needed] In September 1969, the Basilian Fathers entered into an agreement with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now Toronto Catholic District School Board) whereby the Board assured responsibility for grades 9 and 10 while grades 11-13 remained private under the jurisdiction of the order. One year later in 1970, the school became a day school and its boarding facilities were eliminated. Girls were also admitted and the school became a co-educational institution.

With the funding of Catholic schools in Ontario in 1984, the Basilian Fathers passed on the responsibility of administering the school fully to the MSSB in 1987, ending the role as a private school. The school population had grown beyond 1000 students and caused overcrowding with its students housed in 17 portables. To resolve the solution, the MSSB has leased the North York Board of Education's former Melody Public School on 24 Strathburn Blvd. (which was closed in 1986 due to low enrolment) for the school's half of 827 students and some from Regina Pacis Catholic Secondary School.[1][2] The crowding later spawned James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School in 1982.[citation needed]

The Ministry of Education and Training assigned funds to the MSSB in 1993 to rebuild St. Basil. In 1995, a new site at 20 Starview Lane was acquired to replace the old facility with a brand new school that broke ground on October 15, 1997. The new 984 pupil place St. Basil's building opened in September 1999 and has since outgrown to 1450. The original site has since became a community centre and a private school called St Judes Academy Of The Arts.[3]

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in May 2012 with the grand event that brought together the past, present and future of St. Basil-the-Great College School.[4]


St. Basil the Great College School boasts the programs in education within a diverse field of academic studies, which includes academics, enrichment programs, pathway destinations, practical based learning. The school offers students a variety of extra-curricular activities in athletic programming beyond the classroom with a strong tradition of athletic excellence. SBC is also home to a number of championships along with a diverse roster of sports that provide students with a team experience.

The Business Pathway is also offered at SBC being the Business Administration Fast Forward program. The school's newspaper, Breaking Barons, began publishing in 2013.[5]


Built in a 14 acre campus bordered by the rail tracks to the east and residential houses to the south, St. Basil-the-Great's two-storey building compromises of four staircases, 23 classrooms, three communication technology labs, two state of the art science labs, six industrial art rooms, a large double gymnasia that can split into two smaller gyms, a large forum, a skylit chapel, a conference room, a 300-seat theatre auditorium, two libraries, two seminar rooms, a cafeteria, four study halls, and full sized 400m track/athletic field.[6] The school is also accessible by transit with the campus being a two minute walk from Weston Road.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Moloney, Paul Separate board reaches tentative pact to use some public schools in the fall" Toronto Star. April 19, 1987. News p. A20. Retrieved on July 26, 2013. "Under the temporary arrangement, up to half the 827 students at St. Basil's in the Weston area of North York will take classes at the vacant Melody Road Public School, board chairman Caroline DiGiovanni said." and "DiGiovanni responded that [Nola Crewe] had misrepresented the separate board's position. She said the board is willing to share but would need at least 12 classrooms in one location, not scattered over a number of sites.
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  4. ^ SBC Alumni 50th Anniversary Celebration - TCDSB
  5. ^ School Newspaper - Breaking Barons
  6. ^ Facility Permits - St. Basil-the-Great

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