Don Mills Collegiate Institute
|Don Mills Collegiate Institute|
|15 The Donway East
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1X6
|School type||Public, high school|
|Motto||Omnia per scientiam
(All things through knowledge)
|School board||Toronto District School Board|
|Enrollment||1,066 (Summer 2016)|
|Language||English, ESL Support|
|Colour(s)||Black, Gold & White|
Don Mills Collegiate Institute (DMCI) is a high school in the community of Don Mills in Toronto. It serves an ethnically diverse student population of approximately 1000. As of 2006, 66% of students speak a first language other than English. The school opened in 1959.
Initially, the board planned to build two separate schools on the site with a shared heating plant, but in October 1957, trustee Dorothy Bishop prepared a report which raised the possibility of saving money by placing the two schools under one roof, as had previously been done in Vancouver and Calgary.
DMCI shares its building with Don Mills Middle School (formerly Don Mills Junior High). They have different street addresses and the interior is designed in a way that keeps the schools separated except for a common library. The auditorium in DMCI is also used by both schools.
The school also houses CyberARTS, a multi-disciplinary arts and technology program. It also offers computer technology and communications technology courses, as well as a comprehensive technological design (shop) program.
English language classes are available to assist newcomers from all over the world.
Competitions and extracurriculars
For several years before the arrival of new administrators Diana Panagiotopoulos, Praveena Sivarajah, and Christina Wilson, Don Mills has been consistently represented in the International Math Olympiads, International Physics Olympiads, and the DECA International Career Development Conference. In addition, the school has also performed well in chemistry competitions, including the University of Waterloo's Avogadro and Chem 13 competitions, as well as the Canadian Chemistry Olympiad. Recently, Don Mills has also performed to a respectable degree in biology competitions, including the Canadian Biology Olympiad and the University of Toronto National Biology Competition, with students moving to national finals for the past two years.
Reach for the Top
In 1998, DMCI was asked by the Toronto District School Board to represent Canada at the inaugural Young People's Summit (YPS), held in conjunction with the annual meeting of G8 countries in Birmingham, England.
Don Mills is also home of the award-winning Northern Lights Show Choir. Northern Lights is Ontario's longest-running high school show choir. They are under the musical direction of Cathy Whiteside, with choreography by Michelle Brewer and pit band direction by Jamie Bird. This group performs throughout the community and attends performances and competitions in both the US and Canada.
Notable facts and controversies
- DMCI had the first brick-dust track in Canada (1960).
- In October 1969 DMCI suspended 19 football players for drinking beer on a bus ride back from a game. The school pulled the team from the league for the remainder of the season.
- A 25-year-old English teacher at DMCI was suspended in 1971 after police seized 16 marijuana plants from the garden at his home. He was convicted of possession. It was a huge news story in the Toronto area at the time, triggering discussions for months in the media about DMCI.
- Sue Johanson, from the Sunday Night Sex Show, opened the area's first high school-based birth control clinic at DMCI in November 1972. Called the Don Mills Birth Control Clinic, it used the school's health room every Monday night (expanded to two nights a week in 1980). The school principal said DMCI was "completely uninvolved" with the clinic, except for providing space.
- The 1980 slasher horror film Prom Night was filmed at DMCI.
- In March 1981, the school allowed the Canadian executive director of the Ku Klux Klan to speak to a Grade 12 history class. The principal later said it would never happen again.
- In October 2008 DMCI was placed under lockdown for about four hours after police received a call about a possible stabbing. Police arrived to find a grade 9 student going into shock from stab wounds to the abdomen. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and taken into custody about half an hour later. The victim was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital, and survived.
- Don Mills Collegiate Institute, School Profile 2006
- "Don Mills suspends 19 players: Beer on bus, school pulls out football team," Toronto Star, October 21, 1969
- "Teacher suspended after marijuana conviction," Toronto Star, October 16, 1971
- "'I wonder what you're doing in a school' judge told teacher who had marijuana," Toronto Star, October 29, 1971
- "A graduate of Don Mills Collegiate defends the school," Toronto Star, January 20, 1972
- "In Don Mills: Birth control clinic finds students wary," Marg Mironowicz, Toronto Star, November 14, 1972
- "Right to free speech? Not for race hatred," Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star, March 13, 1981
- "Teen stabbed at Don Mills school in fight ‘over a pair of gloves’"[permanent dead link], National Post, October 28, 2008