Chaminade College School
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|Chaminade College School|
|490 Queen's Drive
Maple Leaf, North York, Ontario, M6L 1M8
|Motto||Fortes in Fide
(Strong in Faith)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School board||Toronto Catholic District School Board|
|Area trustee||Sal Piccininni
|School number||509 / 695947|
|Colour(s)||Green and Gold|
|Team name||Chaminade Gryphons|
(Congregation of Christian Brothers and Society of Mary)
Founded in 1964 by the Archdiocese of Toronto, it opened its doors in September, 1965. Initially under the control of the Society of Mary (the Marianists), the school was named for the Society's founder, Father William Joseph Chaminade.
The mandate of the school was to prepare young men for post-secondary education in a traditional Catholic secondary school environment. The school's motto “Fortes in fide” emphasizes the importance of the virtue of faith in the life of the Catholic school.
In 1967, Chaminade began a partnership with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now Toronto Catholic District School Board). In this partnership, the Board conducted the first two years of secondary school, and the Archdiocese conducted the remaining years. In September 1972, the Irish Christian Brothers took over administration of the school, until their departure in June 1988. The school is currently fully operated by the MSSB after the funding was expanded and the identity of the religious order for that school is preserved.
The school won a Green Toronto award in 2007 for its pioneering efforts in establishing the Adopt a Stream project that became a citywide model for waterway cleanup. In 2008, students circulated a petition which resulted in the Province of Ontario outlawing smoking in automobiles when children are passengers.
Chaminade is also known for its athletic achievements with Tevaun Smith and James Bodanis currently playing college football in the United States. The school is also home to several chess masters, such as child prodigy Hoang Nguyen.
The Chaminade Concert Band is led by the lone music teacher at Chaminade College School, Zachary Laidlaw. In 2008 Alex Voros (the previous music teacher) was named Canada's MusiCounts Teacher of the Year by the music education charity of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
- Lukas Rossi
- Olu Famutimi
- Jason Woolley
- Mark Giordano
- Gino Cavallini
- Paul Cavallini
- Miguel Cañizalez
- Michael Vernace
- Martin Broda
- Merwin Mondesir
- Michael Lombardi
- John Goddard, "A Toronto river runs through them: Garbage patrol is only part of school's care and cleaning of Humber tributary", Toronto Star, May 2, 2007.
- Lisa Queen (June 24, 2008). "North York students championed new no-smoking bill". Inside Toronto.
- "Hip celebrates Toronto teacher", Canadian Press in Toronto Star, November 28, 2008.