Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

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Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
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Amor Doctrinae Floreat: Let the love of learning flourish.
125 Chatsworth Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1S1
Coordinates 43°43′20″N 79°24′37″W / 43.722107°N 79.410317°W / 43.722107; -79.410317Coordinates: 43°43′20″N 79°24′37″W / 43.722107°N 79.410317°W / 43.722107; -79.410317
Founded 1936
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Mr. P. Chang
Area trustee Ward 8
Principal Ms. L. Jovanovic
Vice Principals Mr. M. Gurgol and Ms. R. Kelly
Enrollment 1000
Area Lawrence Park
Colour(s) Gold and Blue         
Mascot Black panther
Last updated: July 2, 2012

Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute is a high school in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood of Toronto. Built in 1936, it is a non-semestered school, well known for its strong focus on academics, athletics, and the arts.

Home to over 1,100 current staff and students, the school has become well known for its strong French Extended and French Immersion streams and for teaching its students to constantly strive to embody the school motto "Amor Doctrinae Floreat" (Let the Love of Learning Flourish). Academically the school continues to maintain its high academic standing. Over 90% of its graduates go on to University.

The music program boasts many awards and medals at the City, Provincial and National level. It is among the best in the province. It is home to the city's first band and orchestral program. Lawrence Park offers three streams of music: band, strings, and vocal. For the past 15 years the music department has achieved city, provincial and national recognition for excellence. The stage band has 5 provincial first place titles in the last 6 years while the choir has gone to the nationals and placed second in all of Canada. Concerts, Music Festivals, Coffee Night, LP's Got Talent, Fall Music Camp and performance tours to New York City, Chicago, New Brunswick, Costa Rica are some highlights of the program. Students and residents of the Lawrence Park community recognize the music program for teaching students discipline and a love for music.

There are over 50 athletic clubs that compete at the highest level and proudly wear the Panther colours of blue and gold. In the past three years Lawrence Park has won TDSB Championships in Swimming, (boys and girls), Cross Country, Soccer (boys and girls), Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding. Its Rugby (boys and girls) are perennial contenders.

The drama program is also considered one of the best in the province and hosts annual performances including United Artists for a Cause and the Grade 12 One Act Festival. The drama program regularly studies theatre throughout the province, and biannually around the world to study different cultural approaches to the dramatic arts. It is an enriching course offered grades 9 through 12, with a thriving drama council. "Masquerade," a school magazine, showcases the arts at Lawrence Park.

The school donates and runs events for many charities such as United Way, building schools in Africa, and various others such as Right to Play

The building has been the site of several movies and videos:

- Canadian singer Shiloh sang one of her songs in the school in room 102, the girls' washroom on the first floor, the first floor hallway, and outside in the front of the school. As well as many MTV commercials being shot in the school.

- the movie The Pacifier has one of its fight scene taken in the south gym on the first floor.

- Being Erica's pilot episode was shot in the school's basement and main floor hallway

- Scenes for the movies Dick and Model Behavior were filmed at the school.

Canadian singer Neil Young attended Lawrence Park. It is argued that Neil is one of Canada's greatest musicians of all time.

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