John Polanyi Collegiate Institute

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John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI)
John Polanyi Collegiate Insititute.jpg
640 Lawrence Avenue West
North York, Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°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 type High school
Motto Motto: Scientia Est Potentia
("Knowledge Is Power")
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1964
School board Toronto District School Board
Grades 9-12
Language English
Colour(s) Blue and White         
Team name John Polanyi Jaguars
Newspaper The [Paw] Print

John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI), previously Bathurst Heights Secondary School from 1964 to 2011, is a public high school located in the North York district of Toronto, and serving the area of Lawrence Avenue West and Allen Road (a.k.a. Lawrence Heights). It is a semestered school offering a "full range of university, college and apprenticeship programs."[1]


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.

From 2006 to 2011 the building was home to 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

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.