Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School

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Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School
(Humbergrove Campus)
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Father Henry Carr in the former Marian Academy building. It was originally built as Humbergrove S.S. in 1966.
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Humbergrove Campus) is located in Ontario
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Humbergrove Campus)
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School
(Humbergrove Campus)
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Humbergrove Campus) is located in Canada
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Humbergrove Campus)
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School
(Humbergrove Campus)
1760 Martin Grove Road

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Coordinates43°44′09″N 79°35′32″W / 43.7358°N 79.5923°W / 43.7358; -79.5923Coordinates: 43°44′09″N 79°35′32″W / 43.7358°N 79.5923°W / 43.7358; -79.5923
Former nameHumbergrove Secondary School
Marian Academy Catholic Secondary School
School typeBill 30 Catholic High school
MottoDomine ut videam
(Lord that I might see)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Basilian Fathers)
School boardToronto Catholic District School Board
(Metropolitan Separate School Board)
SuperintendentFlora Cifelli
Area 1
Area trusteeJoseph Martino
Ward 1
School number521 / 707589
PrincipalMaria Varacalli-Sturino
Enrollment904 (2017–18)
Colour(s)Royal Blue and white         
Athletics conferenceToronto District Colleges Athletic Association
Team nameCarr Crusaders
ParishSt. Andrew
Specialist high skills majorTransportation
Arts and Culture
Community, Justice Safety and Emergency Services
(awaiting approval from the Board)
Program focusBroad-based technology
Advanced Placement
Legal Education Advanced Plan (LEAP)

Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (also referred to as Father Henry Carr, Henry Carr, FHC, FHCCSS, or Carr) is a is a Catholic high school administered by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, formerly the Metropolitan Separate School Board in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, named after a Basilian father and founder of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Henry Carr (1880–1963).

The school was founded in 1974 by the Basilian Fathers and the MSSB as a semi-private school, though the current school building was originally opened in 1966 as Humbergrove Secondary School by the Etobicoke Board of Education when the board merged into the Toronto District School Board in which the school property is leased to the MSSB/TCDSB since 1988. The Humbergrove school was renamed to Marian Academy in 1988 and closed in 2002, though Carr occupied the property since 2007.

Carr offers the Advanced Placement (AP) academic program and is known for its elite basketball team. The motto of the school is Domine ut Videam, which translates into "Lord That I Might See".



Henry Carr was a Basilian father also known as Father "Hank" Carr. He enhanced Catholic education in Canada by broadening the curriculum at University of Toronto's University of St. Michael’s College. He also arranged for St. Michael's to be a federated arts college. He was the co-founder of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and an advocate for the inclusion of religious education in curricular studies.

Carr was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario in 1880, one of nine children. He was ordained as a priest on September 3, 1905. He taught at St. Michael's College and acted as a president of the Institute of Medieval Studies until 1936 and served as the principal at St. Thomas More College in Saskatchewan. He died of pneumonia on November 28, 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The original site of Father Henry Carr C.S.S. from 1974–2007. The building was built in 1976. Presently, it has become the Rexdale community hub.

After the opening of one of Etobicoke's first Catholic high schools, Bishop Power High School for boys in 1957 by the Basilian Fathers, the order also opened St. Basil-the-Great College School in northwestern Toronto in 1962. At that time, pupils attended Roman Catholic schools nearby such as St. Andrew, St. Angela, St. Dorothy, or St. Jude while its graduates attended either North Albion Collegiate Institute or West Humber Collegiate Institute.

On September 3, 1974 the Basilian Fathers and the Metropolitan Separate School Board opened Father Henry Carr High School under its founding principal, Fr. Thomas Mohan C.S.B. The school building was erected in 1976 on the original 21 Panorama Court building on Kipling and Albion. The school facilities in the original building consisted of one main two-story building and 16 portables, with a cafeteria, gymnasium/auditorium and a playing field.

Throughout the school's early existence, it operated as a private school for Grades 11 to 13 only while the MSSB educated grade 9 and 10 students. This changed in 1985 when the Government of Ontario passed Bill 30 to extend funding to Roman Catholic high schools beyond grade 10 and Carr was ceased to be a private school in 1987. However, in 1988, nearby Humbergrove Secondary School, built in 1966 on Martin Grove Road, was closed and reopened by the MSSB as Marian Academy with 165 pupils. The school closed its doors in 2002 due to declining enrollment.[1]

The school moved to the former Marian building in September 2007. The new Carr campus, at the cost of $10 million, it consisted of the new main entrance, central community atrium, cafeteria, drama studio, labs, three automotive bays, new windows, stonework and landscaping.[2][3] The former school building was sold to the City of Toronto in 2009 and reopened the old Panorama school building as a community hub.[4] The renovated school was designed by Makrimichalos Cugini Architects Inc. whilst the original school building built in 1966 was designed by architect Gordon S. Adamson.


Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School is a composite co-educational school located in the area of Finch and Martin Grove in Rexdale in northwest Etobicoke. The area is a mixed residential/commercial neighbourhood with an industrial park, a Catholic elementary school (St. Dorothy), a hospital (Etobicoke General), a community college (Humber College), a park (Masseygrove), a mall (Shopper's World Albion), a public secondary school (West Humber Collegiate Institute), and two public elementary schools (Elmbanks Junior Middle Academy and Melody Village Junior School).

FHC has the Field of Dreams, a football and track field with artificial turf field complete It offers sports such as basketball, hockey (not since 2005), football, softball, cricket, track and field, volleyball, badminton, cross-country, and swimming.

The school offers an Advanced Placement (AP) program. It is the regional centre for the AP and Pre-AP program for the TCDSB.

Extra-curricular activities include dramatic productions, art exhibits, drum-line and musical performances.

Other programs are

  • Mandatory after-school tutoring
  • ESL courses and supports
  • Vibrant Leadership groups
  • Chaplaincy team
  • Community outreach
  • Hospital for Sick Children Reading Program
  • Linkage with colleges and universities for mentorship
  • Cooperative Education and Apprenticeship (OYAP)
  • Library resource centre
  • A special education model
  • Co-host of the OYAP Carpentry Accelerated Program

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