Humberside Collegiate Institute

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Humberside Collegiate Institute
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280 Quebec Avenue

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Coordinates43°39′36″N 79°28′14″W / 43.659943°N 79.470677°W / 43.659943; -79.470677Coordinates: 43°39′36″N 79°28′14″W / 43.659943°N 79.470677°W / 43.659943; -79.470677
School typeHigh school
MottoFelix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.
(Happy is he who knows the causes of (reasons for) things.)
School boardToronto District School Board
SuperintendentTracy Hayhurst
Area trusteeRobin Pilkey
PrincipalKim McLaren
Vice PrincipalRob Palmer, Angel Lau
LanguageEnglish, French, Spanish, Latin
Schedule typeNon-semestered
Colour(s)Garnet, Grey, and White             
Team nameHuskies

Humberside Collegiate Institute is a public high school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It serves the Bloor West Village, Baby Point, High Park North and Junction neighbourhoods. Humberside was established in 1892 and has an academic program for students in grades 9 through 12. In addition to the regular curriculum, the school has a strong music program, as well as an Extended French and French Immersion program. It is a non-semestered school, meaning that the students take all eight of their classes through the entire academic year (with the exception of Civics/Careers in grade ten which switches in January, and the "double math" program, which switches from Advanced Functions in January to Calculus and Vectors).

Humberside's motto is "Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas", a Latin phrase from Virgil's work Georgics, meaning "Happy is the person who has been able to learn the reasons for things".[1]


Humberside was established in 1892 as "Toronto Junction High School" in the basement of the local Presbyterian church. It moved to the current site in 1894 in the High Park area of Toronto, with the construction of a new Richardsonian Romanesque building. In 1903, the school was renamed "Humberside Collegiate Institute", after a local street that runs west from Dundas Street West, past Keele Street to the school's main entrance. In 1909 it became part of the Toronto Board of Education when the Junction was annexed by the City of Toronto.[2] In 1910 an addition was added by Charles Hartnoll Bishop.[3] During World War I, many students lost their lives in battle. The front entrance is now a memorial to those who lost their lives, and for quite some time,[when?] it was not allowed to be used, until recently.[when?] Names were added to the memorial after World War II. The school's yearbook, Hermes, named for the Olympian god of the same name, was established in 1925. The student council was formed in 1931, and three decades later, the school held its first formal dance.[citation needed]

In the late 1920s, Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer was commissioned by the school to paint what is thought to be the largest Canadian mural. After being restored the mural hangs in the school auditorium, which was renamed in 1992 as Lismer Hall.[4][5]

1966 saw major renovations to the school. A new north wing was opened, which houses the science laboratories. A new library was also constructed, as well as a new structure at the back which housed the (then) new auditorium, and music facilities. In 1972, Humberside became one of the first schools[where?] to introduce computers as part of the curriculum.[citation needed] Extended French and French Immersion programs were introduced in 1980 and 1983, respectively. Humberside celebrated its centennial in 1992. The school was used in the filming of the TV movie Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life in 2005.[citation needed]

In 2005, Mel Greif retired after thirty years of teaching history and geography. He won multiple awards for teaching, including the Jane Jacobs Prize and the Governor General's Award of Excellence.[6]


The Senior Boys tennis team won the TDSSAA city championships in 2003 and 2004.

In 2006, the junior rugby team won the city championship undefeated.

The varsity football team made it to the TDSSAA Tier Two finals in 2007 for the first time in seven years. 2007 was also the year that the volleyball team went undefeated, winning the championship.

The Senior Boys' hockey team made it to the 2007–08 TDSSAA Tier I championship, losing to the Etobicoke Rams 8-1. The game was broadcast on Rogers Television.

The baseball team uses the fields at nearby High Park.

The 2008 football season will be the first time Humberside CI will have a junior football team in 11 years.

The Humberside boys baseball team went to OFSAA in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2013, placed 3rd.

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2014, placed 1st

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2015, placed 2nd

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2016, placed 6th

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  1. ^ "Principal's Message" (PDF). November 2009 Newsletter. Toronto District School Board. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  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.
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  4. ^ "Jane Jacob Prize Winners – Mel Greif". Spacing. Spacing. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Lismer Hall Placque, 1992 – Institute for Stained Glass In Canada". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  6. ^ [1]. Accessed April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Humberside Collegiate grad is now all-time OHL win leader among goaltenders". Inside Toronto. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  8. ^ Pooley, Erin (8 January 2006). "Isabel Bassett: "There are always rumours. I've lived with rumours all my life. As you know, most of them aren't true."". Canadian Business. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (10 October 2009). "Samantha Bee: A Bee-autiful Life". Toronto Star. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Steve Uhraney's 20 Questions for George Chuvalo". Good Life. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  11. ^ Creighton, Donald (1998). "Introduction by P.B. White". John A. Macdonald. University of Toronto Press. pp. ix. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  12. ^ Wise, Wyndham. "Henry Czerny". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  13. ^ Plummer, Kevin (18 October 2014). "Historicist: "She certainly doesn't play like a girl" The star defenceman of a boys hockey team is revealed to be a nine-year-old girl". Torontoist. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Toronto poet Raymond Souster dies at 91". CBC. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Pioneers: Jan Tennant". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

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