St. Michael's College School

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St. Michael's College School
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Doce Me Bonitatem et Disciplinam et Scientiam
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge
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Address
1515 Bathurst Street
Forest Hill, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4, Canada
Public transit access Subway: St. Clair West
Information
School number 834696
School board Metropolitan Separate School Board (1967-1985)
Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Basilian Fathers)
Superintendent John Shanahan
Area 6
Area trustee Jo-Ann Davis
Ward 9
Principal Terence M. Sheridan
President Rev. Jefferson Thompson, CSB
Faculty 79
School type Catholic Private High school
Catholic Private Elementary school
Grades 7-12
Campus Urban
Mascot Babbalou
Colours Light blue, Navy          (referred to as "double blue")
Newspaper The Blue Herald
Established 1852[1]
Enrollment 1080[2]
Homepage St. Michael's College School

St. Michael's College School is a private, all-boys Roman Catholic day school in Toronto, Canada. Administered by the Basilian Fathers, it is the largest school of its kind in Canada, with an enrollment of approximately 1,080 students from grades 7 to 12.[3][4] It is renowned for its academic and athletic achievements, with its hockey and football programs, along with its other top athletics teams, receiving much acclaim in past.

St. Michael's is the brother school of Holy Name of Mary College School, an independent, Catholic all-girls school in Mississauga.[5] The school was once part of the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now Toronto Catholic District School Board) from 1967 to 1985

History[edit]

The Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) was established as a religious congregation in France in 1822. As a result of the closing of seminaries in France during the French Revolution, two diocesan priests opened a secret school in the mountains of central France. After several years of operation and a change in the French laws, ten priests serving there openly bound themselves into a religious community. They reasoned that the school, by then located in the nearby city of Annonay, would have a better chance of continuing if it were conducted by a religious congregation that could accept and train new members to continue its operation after the founding fathers’ retirement.

The original members chose St. Basil the Great, a fourth-century teacher, bishop, and doctor of the Church, to be the namesake of the new community.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the French Basilians came to Canada on an invitation from Bishop de Charbonnel of Toronto. The Bishop clearly saw the need for Catholic schools for the young people of his parishes, especially at the high school level. In his plans to bring Catholic education to more of his people, the Bishop immediately thought of his own education in France. He had been educated at the College of Annonay near Lyon, a school established by the Basilian Fathers. In September 1852, the Basilians opened St. Michael’s College in Toronto, offering in the French style a combination of what we would call high school and university education.

St. Michael’s College quickly outgrew its original facilities in the basement of the Bishop’s Palace on Church Street, and in 1856 it was moved to Clover Hill, a property donated to the Basilian Fathers by the Honourable John Elmsley. Clover Hill was outside the city at that time, in an area now bounded by Bay, St. Joseph, and St. Mary’s Streets. In 1881 St. Michael’s was affiliated with St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto for post secondary education. The high school section expanded much more rapidly than the College section, so in 1902 a new wing was added to the original building and the high school remained in this building until 1950.

In the years after World War II, it became apparent that the Bay Street buildings were not equal to the challenge of serving a growing student body. At this point the high school section was separated from the College, and in September, 1950, St. Michael’s College School opened its doors in a new building at Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue, where it is situated today.

In 1967, St. Michael’s College School began an important new phase in its history. A decision was made to enter into partnership with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now today as the Toronto Catholic District School Board) and to educate the Board’s students in grades 9 and 10. This decision made St. Michael’s both a public and private school, which lasted for approximately 20 years. In September 1985, the Basilian Fathers decided to refuse provincial aid beyond grade 10 and return St. Michael’s to its Catholic roots as a fully independent, Catholic high school.

From 1985 to 1989 the school went private in phases.[6]

In 1995, a major capital expansion program upgraded the school to include a new east wing complete with modern classrooms, a new library, music and visual arts facilities, a design and technology facility, a new 250-seat lecture hall, and an expanded gymnasium. In September 1998, St. Michael’s College School expanded its academic program to include a grade 7-8 program. The Preparatory school was previously active during the early 1900s. 1975

On September 15, 2002, St. Michael’s College School celebrated its 150th Anniversary.[7]

The school’s athletic stadium was retrofitted in September 2004 to include a new, state-of-the-art athletic field (artificial grass), an electronic scoreboard, stadium lighting, and an air supported structure that covers a third of the field for use during the winter months. The Performing Arts Centre was the fourth and final phase of this revitalization project, completed in the spring of 2010.[8]

Campus[edit]

The school's campus is at Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue at the edge of Toronto's Forest Hill neighbourhood. The main school building was designed by Canadian architect Ernest Cormier and completed in 1950. Its most recognizable features are the distinctive chapel tower and yellow brickwork, similar to Cormier's earlier work at the Université de Montréal.

In the late 1990s, a major expansion programme was undertaken, with two major academic wings and a gymnasium extension added to the original building. The additions contain classrooms tailored to the science, art and music programmes, a substantial lecture hall, several computer laboratories, and a large library. An outdoor courtyard adjacent to the cafeteria overlooked by classrooms is popular for major school events. The school's residence wing, originally built to accommodate boarding students, functioned as a Basilian house until 2008 when it was removed to make room for the school's new "state-of-the-art" performing arts centre. The $10 million facility was completed in the spring of 2010.[9]

There are a number of sports facilities located on campus. St. Michael's College School Arena was the home of the OHL's Toronto St. Michael's Majors. The Team has since moved to Mississauga, and is now known as the Mississauga Steelheads, playing out of the Hershey Centre. The school's basketball court is named after former vice-principal, teacher, and coach, Paul Dignan. In 2005, a major overhaul of the stadium was undertaken. Renamed in honour of its benefactor, alumnus Eugene Melnyk, it features an artificial turf field, a rubberized running track, and lighting for evening events. During the winter, an inflatable dome covers part of the track and field to allow for use in adverse weather conditions. When the stadium reopened, it attracted substantial attention from the Toronto media.[citation needed]

Athletics[edit]

St. Michael's is well known for its athletic programme, and its extensive sports offerings prove consistently popular among students from year to year. The school has been particularly successful in hockey, track and field, cross country, and football. Other programmes offered by the school include volleyball, golf, baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, skiing, tennis, mountain biking, lacrosse, and archery. The school competes with other independent schools as well as Catholic and public schools in the Toronto area.

The school is perhaps best known as a producer of hockey players and football players. Over 180 St. Michael's alumni have played in the National Hockey League, including Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Bauer, Gerry Cheevers, Red Kelly, Tim Horton, Dave Keon, Ted Lindsay, Frank Mahovlich, Reg Noble, and Joe Primeau. The standard of hockey exceeds others to a level that their Junior hockey team competes on the Senior Tier two stage. The school's flagship hockey team, the St. Michael's Majors, have won the Memorial Cup four times. The school also operates a team in a second level of junior hockey, Tier II Junior "A" known as the St. Michael's Buzzers.

The Blue Harrier cross country running team is arguably the most successful in the TDCAA, having won 25 consecutive Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association (TDCAA) team titles, and having fielded over 19 teams which have won the Ontario Championship. Coach Paul Barry was recently inducted into a local sports hall of fame for his work in maintaining this streak to date. The junior and senior football teams, known as the Kerry Blues, are considered among the best in Ontario. The Jr. Kerry Blues won their 3rd Ontario Regional Invitational. (2002, 2004, 2008) The Sr. Kerry Blues have recently (Dec 3, 2008) won their 7th Metro Bowl, making the St. Michael's Kerry Blues the most bowl winning team in Ontario. They have won the Metrobowl 3 years in a row. National Football League players Glen Young, O.J. Santiago and Michael Labinjo, each of whom have competed in the Super Bowl, played football while attending St. Michael’s.

In addition, Leo Rautins, former All American, television basketball analyst and coach of Canada’s national basketball team, attended St. Michael’s. Rautins was the first Canadian to be selected in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft.

The school was featured on CBC's annual Hockey Day in Canada on January 13, 2007 because it was celebrating 100 years of hockey at the school.

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Coordinates: 43°41′04″N 79°25′04″W / 43.684431°N 79.417741°W / 43.684431; -79.417741