North Toronto Collegiate Institute

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North Toronto Collegiate Institute
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17 Broadway Avenue

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Coordinates43°42′32″N 79°23′48″W / 43.708951°N 79.396729°W / 43.708951; -79.396729Coordinates: 43°42′32″N 79°23′48″W / 43.708951°N 79.396729°W / 43.708951; -79.396729
School typeHigh School
MottoLabor Omnia Vincit
(Hard Work conquers all)
School boardToronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
SuperintendentSandra Tondat[1]
Area trusteeShelley Laskin[2]
School number5540 / 930504
PrincipalWilliam Mack
Enrollment1197 (2015-16[3])
Colour(s)Red and Grey         
Team nameNorth Toronto Norsemen

North Toronto Collegiate Institute (North Toronto CI, NTCI. or North Toronto) is a non-semestered, public high school institution for over 1,200[3] students located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The School is operated and governed by the Toronto District School Board.[4] From its founding until 1998, it was overseen by the Toronto Board of Education.

The school is located in Midtown, Toronto in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. The majority of students come from the surrounding Chaplin estates, Lytton Park, Mount Pleasant, Davisville Village, Bayview Avenue, Moore Park, Lawrence Park, Broadway Avenue and St. Clair Avenue areas (which are typically middle-to-high income earning areas). Most students have North Toronto C.I. as their home school. However, the school still employs a lottery system for students looking to enter from out of district. The closest TTC subway station is Eglinton station. Their motto is "Labor Omnia Vincit" which means Work conquers all.

North Toronto celebrated its 100th anniversary in May 2012.[5]


North Toronto High School was founded in 1910 and was traditionally housed in the North Toronto Town Hall. The original two-storey school building had five rooms, and was completed in 1912 (the same year that the town of North Toronto became part of the City of Toronto).[6] Later, the school was renovated (1914 by Charles Hartnoll Bishop[7]) to include a third storey and became the north side of the old building, once the south section was built.[8] Other additions included the 1956 math (east) wing, swimming pool, cafeteria and auditorium, as well as the science wing in 1966-1967.[8]

New building[edit]

North Toronto Collegiate Institute's old building, the Roehampton Avenue entrance in July 2009.

In 2002, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute was one of the oldest buildings in the TDSB, and was in need of major repair. A planning process was undertaken to build a new school.[9] Due to a lack of available capital funding at the school board, a decision was taken in 2003 to seek private investment to augment funding committed by the TDSB. Subsequently, Tridel, a large Canadian condominium development corporation, bought 0.7 acres of land from the TDSB for $23 million.[10] Groundbreaking occurred November 21, 2007, a year after the project had originally been slated for completion. During construction, the school remained open to students because the new building was built on the location of the old sports field. The old building was later demolished and turned into a turf field and track.

Architectural aspects of the old building, Collegiate Gothic, were preserved in the new building's courtyard. Tridel built two condominiums, 24 (25 Broadway Ave) and 27 (70 Roehampton Ave) stories high.[11] The new school was opened in September 2010, and the condominiums and the school's new field October 2011. Its gymnasium and exercise room are located in the basement. The new four-storey building, which cost an estimated $52 million,[12] features a rooftop garden, equipped science labs, a full gymnasium, change rooms, exercise room, an underground parking lot, a cafeteria, and school-wide Wi-Fi.

Student government[edit]

North Toronto's Student Government is responsible for Student Advocacy, Semi-Formal Dances, Charity Week, School Assemblies and Club Funding.

Students run a "Charity Week" to raise money for a charitable foundation selected annually by all students. Money is raised through student-organized events.

Year Amount Raised ($CAD) Charity
2007-2008 $40,000 Stephen Lewis Foundation
2008-2009 $40,000 Childhood Cancer Canada
2009-2010 $40,000 Not for Sale[13]
2010-2011 $45,000 War Child Canada
2011-2012 $51,910 Spread the Net
2012-2013 $30,000 Blessings in a Backpack Canada
2013-2014 $30,000 Make-A-Wish Canada
2015-2016 $23,000 Ryan's Well Foundation
2016-2017 $12,000 The Maddie Project
2017-2018 $12,500 Horizons for Youth


The School provides many sport teams.[14]

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Ice Hockey
  • Co-ed Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Softball

Athletic awards[edit]

The North Toronto Boy's Varsity Hockey team won the TDSSA championship in 2012, for the first time since 1952. The North Toronto Women's Field Hockey team won the TDSSA championship in 2005, 2006 & 2008.

In the 2010/11, the North Toronto Junior Girls Basketball Team won the City of Toronto Championship. The TDSB Tier 2 Senior Boys' Rugby league team has won the last two[when?] championships after undefeated seasons.

In the 2012/2013 season, The North Toronto Women's Varsity Field Hockey A Team won the Tier 1 conference championships, and moved onto the City Championships.

North Toronto Varsity Hockey Team, TDSSAA City Champions 2012

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, the North Toronto Varsity Boys Hockey Team won the TDSSAA City Championship and qualified for OFSAA in Peterborough, Ontario. This was North Toronto's first Varsity Hockey Championship since 1952 and first ever OFSAA appearance.


The School provides students with academic and special interest club opportunities.[15]

(some of the available clubs)

  • Anime Manga Club
  • Archery Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Classics Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Debate Club
  • DECA Business Club
  • Drama Club
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Model U.N. Club
  • North Toronto Environmental Action Team (NEAT)
  • Pingpong Club
  • Pokemon Club
  • Reach For The Top
  • Robotics Club - Team 820 DeltaTech
  • Salt and Light Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Stage Crew
  • Tea Club
  • TEDx (independently organized TED event) Club

North Toronto has two newspapers, the school sponsored Graffiti and the student published Red and Grey, also known as the RAG. Graffiti is produced entirely by volunteers, while students studying in the writer's craft class(es) constitute the RAG's staff. Graffiti was featured in the Toronto Star in May 2009.[16] June, 2010.[17]

Music program[edit]

North Toronto C.I. is very well known for its music programs. The music program supports several musical ensembles.[18]

  • Junior Band
  • Junior Strings Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band (senior band)
  • Senior Strings Ensemble
  • Marching Band
  • Stage Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Strings Ensemble
  • Choral Ensemble
  • Men's Chorus
  • Chamber Choir

The ensembles participate in various musical events and competitions, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Ontario Vocal Festival and the Contemporary Music Showcase. Twice a year, the school puts on major concerts; Fall Fare is in November, Maytime Melodies in Spring. Students taking a music class are allowed to participate in or try out for any of these musical ensembles, provided they participate in the musical ensemble associated with their music class.

North Toronto's Junior Strings Orchestra placed first in their division with a Platinum mark in the 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival.

North Toronto's Symphony Orchestra placed first in their division with a Gold mark in the 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival. They also won the provincial level Kiwanis in their division in 2017.

North Toronto's Choral Ensemble and Chamber Choir placed very well in the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival. The Chamber Choir, which was ranked as one of the top high school choirs, participated in the provincials.

North Toronto is the only high school in the GTA with a performance marching band. The band practices weekly before school from September to November to prepare for its annual appearance in the Toronto and Markham Santa Claus Parades.[18]

The 2009-2010 North Toronto C.I. Music Bowlathon brought in over $10,000 in donations to support the School's music programs.


The School gives out yearly awards to recognize the best students in sports, academics, music, drama, and citizenship. Some notable awards include:

  • Sifton Trophy for School Citizenship
  • Kerr Trophy for Student Leadership
  • R.R.H. (Bud) Page Valedictory Prize
  • Governor General's Academic Medal
  • Sakhawalkar-Bhatt Citizenship Award
  • John Taylor Award
  • Senator Keith Davey Award

In its first year in a Gold LEED Facility, North Toronto C.I. attained the EcoSchools Gold Certification.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  11. ^ Urban Toronto, 4 December 2011
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  13. ^ "NTCI : News : Charity Week raised $40,000"
  14. ^ "North Toronto CI : Sports Teams"
  15. ^ "NTCI Clubs". North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Star honours savvy student journalists" Archived May 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ and May, 2015. "Toronto Star Intern Journalists" Archived June 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  19. ^ a b c d "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2001" (PDF). North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
  20. ^ Allinson, Ashley. "David Cronenberg". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
  21. ^ a b c d "North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation New Spring 2002" (PDF). North Toronto Foundation. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
  22. ^ Gordon, Cameron. "Unknown". The Village Post. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2006-08-18.
  23. ^ Weisblott, Marc (1997-07-10). "Keanu's speed:Tracing the steps of our Toronto homeboy". Eye Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
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