Keiller Mackay Collegiate Institute

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Keiller MacKay Collegiate Institute
Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School.JPG
2 St. Andrews Boulevard
Kingsview Village, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9R 1V8
Coordinates 43°42′07″N 79°33′01″W / 43.701910°N 79.550371°W / 43.701910; -79.550371Coordinates: 43°42′07″N 79°33′01″W / 43.701910°N 79.550371°W / 43.701910; -79.550371
School type High School
Motto "Manu Forti"
(Strong Hands)
Founded 1971
Status Inactive / Sold
Closed 1983
School board Etobicoke Board of Education
Superintendent Susan Winter
Area trustee Chris Glover
School number 919144
Principal Gordon Fleming
Grades 9-13
Enrollment 840
Language English
Area Islington Avenue and Highway 401 (Ontario)
Colour(s) Green and Blue         
Mascot Saber-toothed cat
Team name Keiller Mackay Sabres

Keiller MacKay Collegiate Institute (KMCI, Keiller MacKay) was a medium-sized former public high school located in Toronto's west end close to the intersection of Islington Avenue and Highway 401. When it was open, it was overseen by the Etobicoke Board of Education, which was joined with other school boards in the Toronto area during the city's amalgamation to form what is now the Toronto District School Board.


KMCI opened its doors in September 1971, and the school's architecture reminds one of a factory - specifically, there is a distinct lack of windows. The school experienced declining enrollment during the late 1970s and early 1980s as with other schools in Etobicoke area plummeted following a decision by the Ontario Government to extend funding of Catholic schools to include secondary school grades 10 to 13 (OAC) in the 1980s.

The Etobicoke Board of Education made a final decision to close KMCI in 1981 as the school property was sold to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (later the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and now houses Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School), and KMCI closed its doors for the last time at the end of the 1982-83 school year.

There was a need for a Catholic school. Don Bosco had already been running in the area in portables since its inception in 1978 and needed a school building. Keiller MacKay was chosen to be sold to the separate school board due to its declining enrolment.[1]

The school was named after John Keiller MacKay, who served as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1957 to 1963.

The school colours were green and blue, and its mascot was a Saber-toothed cat. The school's motto was Manu Forti (Strong Hand).


KMCI had only 2 Principals through the 12 years it was open. John McNeil was principal for 9 years, starting in 1971. Gordon Fleming was Principal for the final 3 years.

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  1. ^ - Keiller MacKay reunites after 24 years (Etobicoke Guardian)

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