West Hill Collegiate Institute

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West Hill Collegiate Institute
West Hill CI.jpg
350 Morningside Avenue
West Hill, Scarborough, Ontario, M1E 3G3, Canada
School number 4184 / 951560
School board Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
Superintendent Nadira Persaud
Area trustee Jerry Chadwick
Principal Gillian Gibbons
Vice Principals David Fewson
Gayle McIntosh
School type Public High School
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area West Hill, Toronto
Motto Surgo in Lucem
I rise into the light
Mascot Wolfie the Wolf
Team name West Hill Warriors
West Hill Lady Warriors
Colours Red, Grey and White             
Founded 1955
Enrollment 980 (2014-15)
Homepage West Hill Collegiate Institute

West Hill Collegiate Institute (also called West Hill CI, WHCI or West Hill) is a public high school in Toronto, Canada, located in eastern Scarborough under the jurisdiction of the Scarborough Board of Education until its amalgamation with the Toronto District School Board in 1998. The school was opened in 1955 and named after the community of West Hill, Toronto in which the school is located, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. The school's motto is Surgo in Lucem which translates as I rise into the light.


In response to high population growth, the Scarborough Board of Education created several new schools during the mid to late-1950s and among them was West Hill. Construction for West Hill C.I began in 1954. Staff was in place in May 1954, and on September 6, 1955, West Hill Collegiate Institute made its debut with 25 staff and 376 students along with its first principal, Harvey A.C. Farrow. West Hill was officially opened on December 14, 1955.


West Hill is located near the intersection of Kingston Rd and Morningside Avenue. Houses are to the west and Highland Creek to the north and east. It is next to Morningside Park, and close to the University of Toronto Scarborough and Centennial College as well as nearby separate school, St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School.

West Hill shares the same design as Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and has since altered overtime. It began with 27 rooms but the school underwent a renovation during the 1970s to create an additional 50 classrooms, four gymnasiums, a library (named after West Hill's first principal, H.A.C. Farrow), two studios for the Drama Department, workshop rooms, and a quad to enable creative learning opportunities for studies in science. The area's revival took over a decade, and won several environmental awards. In addition, it serves as working grounds for visual arts students. The school holds a swimming pool in its southwest wing, which is open to staff, students, and the community.

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The physical education department has a student-run council (West Hill Athletic Council or WHAC), which organizes school spirit assemblies and the Athletic Banquet. WHAC coordinates intramural sport teams for sports such as indoor soccer, dodgeball and basketball. Offered sports include baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, slo-pitch, wrestling, swimming, soccer, badminton, field hockey, rugby, cricket, and track & field.


West Hill Collegiate Institute's Visual Arts Department runs an Art Club that meets weekly. The Drama Department participates in the Ontario Sears Drama Festival, and every winter, they perform a play. West Hill has a concert band which has competed in music competitions since the 1980s and have ranked first several times. There is an repertoire class for an advanced instrumental music program that is held weekly on Mondays after school. The Music Department features two annual concerts every year: one in winter for the holidays and one in the spring called, "Music in May". In addition, West Hill encourages dance through its available extra curricular dance groups as well as its implementation of a class dance course.


The Student Activity Council (SAC) plans and executes events and activities for the student body. Some annually planned SAC events include Grade 9 Orientation Day, Welcome Back Carnival, Holiday Concert, Semi-Formal and Prom. Students are elected for SAC positions every June and decisions are made by the student body. President, Vice President, Treasurer, Public Relations, Social Convenor and Administration Assistant are some of the SAC positions at WHCI.

The Prefects consists of students in grade 10 to 12 who are selected by teachers at the end of every school year. Prefects volunteer at events during the school year and occasionally organize their own events. The Peer Relationships Team, consisting of senior students, go to grade 9 classes to help ease new students into high school life. Student philanthropists participate in an organization called Me to We which aims to make positive differences for society on a local and global level through events throughout the school year. The West Hill Action Team (WHAT), is composed of student activists who address some of the school's issues that are of importance to the students.


As a multicultural school, West Hill has clubs to reflect the culture and ethnic minorities present in the school. Some of the cultural clubs at WHCI include the Desi Club, Afro-Canadian Association, Muslim Student Association, Tamil Student Association, and West Indian Club, all of which perform in the school's multicultural assemblies. WHCI's Multicultural Committee plans and executes Food Fiestas and an annual Multicultural Night.


The West Hill Physics Club goes to McMaster University's Science Olympics every year. They have won the Paper Triathlon and placed third in Twist and Turn, a protein building exercise. The Robotics Club, SWATT (Scarborough Warriors at the Top) Team #1088, competed in the 2003 FIRST Robotics Competitions. As rookies, they won three awards: first place in the Canadian Regional Championships, Engineering Design and the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Entrepreneurship Awards. The team travelled to Houston, Texas that year to compete internationally; the following year, they went to Atlanta, Georgia. This club is inactive.

West Hill has been involved in DECA competitions promoting education in business and management. The school additionally has a newspaper entitled, "Hilltop Reflections," and is published three times a year, coinciding with the end of every term.


The school includes programs for ESL and those with learning disabilities and special needs.


The crest for West Hill consists of a red shield with a white shield bordered in black and silver containing a red sun on the top, between a magic lantern (commonly found on most school logos in the TDSB) and a sheaf is the school motto, "Surgo in Lucem" (I rise into the light) in a black banner. On the bottom of the crest, there is the white banner inscription that reads "West Hill Collegiate Institute".

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Coordinates: 43°46′33″N 79°11′26″W / 43.775872°N 79.190550°W / 43.775872; -79.190550