John Polanyi Collegiate Institute

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John Polanyi Collegiate Institute
John Polanyi Collegiate Insititute.jpg
640 Lawrence Avenue West

Coordinates43°43′03″N 79°26′24″W / 43.717586°N 79.440122°W / 43.717586; -79.440122Coordinates: 43°43′03″N 79°26′24″W / 43.717586°N 79.440122°W / 43.717586; -79.440122
School typeHigh school
MottoMotto: Scientia Est Potentia
("Knowledge Is Power")
Religious affiliation(s)Secular
School boardToronto District School Board
(North York Board of Education)
Colour(s)Blue and White         
Team nameJohn Polanyi Jaguars
NewspaperThe [Paw] Print

John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI), previously is a public high school housed in the former Bathurst Heights Secondary School building located in the North York district of Toronto, and serving the area of Lawrence Avenue West and Allen Road (a.k.a. Lawrence Heights). Prior to 1998, the school was part of the North York Board of Education.

It is a semestered school offering a "full range of university, college and apprenticeship programs."[1] The school was originally named after the Scottish-Canadian inventor of time zones Sandford Fleming.


Bathurst Heights Secondary School opened on September 4, 1951 as North York's second high school (the first being Earl Haig Secondary School) and officially opened on May 29, 1952. Six additions were made throughout the years and adult education was introduced before its program being abolished in 2000. After years of enrollment declining, Bathurst Heights was closed its doors as a regular operating school on June 23, 2001.

In the 2000s, the Toronto Catholic District School Board used the Bathurst Heights building to house the students from Brebeuf College School during re-construction and later Dante Alighieri Academy Beatrice Campus.

In September 2011 the staff of students from Sir Sandford Fleming Academy moved into the building, at which time the school was re-branded as John Polanyi Collegiate Institute. [2]

The former school's building is now leased out by the Toronto District School Board to several tenants:

  • Swim camp
  • Toronto ESL Learning Centre

The Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School building was built in 1964 and shares the same design as Newtonbrook Secondary School.

Notable alumni (Bathurst Heights)[edit]


  1. ^ "John Polanyi Collegiate Institute". Toronto District School Board. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Constable, Mike. "School prepares for big move." My Town Crier. February 22, 2011. Retrieved on October 14, 2018.