Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute

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Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute
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800 Greenwood Avenue

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Coordinates43°40′58″N 79°20′03″W / 43.682759°N 79.334274°W / 43.682759; -79.334274Coordinates: 43°40′58″N 79°20′03″W / 43.682759°N 79.334274°W / 43.682759; -79.334274
School typeHigh school
MottoFaciendo Discimus
(We Learn by Doing)
School boardToronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
SuperintendentLucy Giannotta
Area trusteeJennifer Story
Ward 15
School number5615 / 903469
PrincipalRob MacKinnon
Enrolment879 (2015-16)
LanguageEnglish, French, ASL
Schedule typeNon-semestered
Colour(s)Black, Red and White             
Team nameDanforth Red Hawks
YearbookTech Tatler

Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute (known as Danforth CTI, DCTI, or Danforth), formerly Danforth Technical School and Riverdale Branch Technical School is a secondary school in east Toronto, situated to the east of the city's Greek neighbourhood and between the Greenwood and Donlands subway stations. As the name suggests, it is set up as a technical school, with trades training and special shops for auto repair, carpentry etc. Danforth was built as a specialist technical school in 1922, so it has a number of specialist areas and a fair stock of equipment. It is a part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Prior to 1998 it was within the Toronto Board of Education (TBE).[1] Attached to Danforth is the Toronto Urban Studies Centre, an outdoor educational school. The school's motto is "Faciendo Discimus," which means "We learn by doing."


Originally existed in 1912 as Riverdale Branch Technical School, the building has been added to many times since it was founded in 1923[2], and there are sections of the school built in almost every decade of the twentieth century. Danforth has a maze-like basement. At least one basement level is permanently sealed to students creating a number of rumours about what might be down there (including a connection to the subway that runs under the school, a rifle range, and a bomb shelter). The sub-basement does in fact host the school's active Cadet Corps and National Defence course. According to the current principal the range is still mostly intact. The school has three gyms, which is remarkable in a Toronto public school, and a large 1920s auditorium which is occasionally used in films. Additional facilities include a weight room, and a swimming pool.

In 1932, Riverdale Tech was renamed to Danforth Technical School. It was renamed to Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute several years later.

Danforth is known for having sent more of its students and staff to the Second World War than any other school in Canada, and has a large stained-glass window in the library to act as its war memorial.

During World War II, the facilities of Danforth were used for Combined Operations Headquarters training.

On April 25, 2012, a 3-alarm fire occurred at the school. The fire began in the school's drama studio, and quickly spread to the adjacent music room. As of April 28, it is speculated that the cause of the blaze was arson; an investigation is currently being held by Toronto police.[3]

Danforth is near other secondary schools (East York Collegiate Institute and Riverdale Collegiate Institute) and is not at capacity, A number of specialist programs are held there, including the Gifted and Enriched programs, special classes for students with disabilities (including a special program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and a number of specialist technical courses, such as the Math, Science, and Technology ("MaST") program. As a result, Danforth draws students from a wider area of the city than most other secondary schools[citation needed]

Since Danforth's facilities can hold up to 2,130 pupils, the school is under enrolled with 879 students as of {2015}. The school became the subject of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee set by the TDSB in November 2015.

Greenwood Secondary School[edit]

In 2017 students from Greenwood Secondary School moved from 800 Greenwood Avenue to Danforth CTI to shared the campus but will retain their separate school identity.[4]


Danforth's Student Council a holds an annual Grade 9 Day, a fun filled day planned for the incoming grade 9's, at the beginning of the year. Grade 9 Day often consists of 9 stations, each hosted by one of the 9 Student Council members.

Danforth Collegiate is the Winter Holiday Show and Market Place happening usually the week before the winter break. Danforth's different departments often make cute little holiday presents to sell as a fundraiser. The Drama, Music and Dance department put on the Holiday Show.

Logos, Mottos, Symbols[edit]

The book on the top of the shield represents academics. The art utensils on the top 2 boxes in the logo represent the school's art and cosmetics programs. The gear represents the technical/engineering programs and the whistle represents athletics. For the DCTI (abbreviated) Athletics, they wear a uniform with a picture of a hawk and the name of the school on it which also represents the DCTI school.

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Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Secondary Schools." () Toronto Board of Education. November 12, 1997. Retrieved on July 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Hardy, Edwin Austin (1950). Cochrane, Honora M., ed. Centennial Story: The Board of Education for the City of Toronto 1850-1950. Toronto, ON: Thomas Nelson & Sons (Canada) Limited.
  3. ^ Morrow, Adrian (27 April 2012). "Fire at Danforth Collegiate to be investigated as arson". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ http://greenwoodsecondary.com/?m=201706

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