Parkdale Collegiate Institute

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Parkdale Collegiate
Parkdale Colleiate Institute.JPG
209 Jameson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2Y3
Coordinates 43°38′22.73″N 79°26′10.38″W / 43.6396472°N 79.4362167°W / 43.6396472; -79.4362167Coordinates: 43°38′22.73″N 79°26′10.38″W / 43.6396472°N 79.4362167°W / 43.6396472; -79.4362167
School type High school
IB World School
Founded 1888
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Curtis Ennis
Area trustee Robin Pilkey
Principal Alisa Cashore
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 635 (spring 2008)
Language English

Parkdale Collegiate Institute is a public high school located on Jameson Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1888 in the community of Parkdale.


Original Parkdale High School

Parkdale High School opened in the Masonic Hall on Dowling Avenue in 1888. When the town of Parkdale was annexed to the City of Toronto a year later in 1889, Parkdale High School moved to its new residence on Jameson Avenue where it became the Jameson Avenue Collegiate Institute, and later the Jameson Collegiate Institute. In 1910, the school was renamed to its present name of Parkdale Collegiate Institute. The original building served until 1928 and then demolished while the school moved to the present structure which was completed in 1929. The school has had two additions, the most recent in the 1960s. Parkdale Collegiate Institute is one of the oldest secondary schools in the City of Toronto.[1]

Parkdale Collegiate Insititute is a certified International Baccalaureate World School which began in April 2007. [2] It currently offers the IB Preparation Programs for Grade 9 and 10 and the IB Diploma Programme for Grade 11 and 12. The current head of the department for the IB program at Parkdale Collegiate Institute is Miroslaw Bartnik.

One of the first teachers was Nellie Spence, one of the first female secondary school teachers in Toronto, who taught at Parkdale from 1888 on. The Nellie Spence Archive Room in the school containing memorabilia and local history is named after her.[3]

Parkdale has a rich history of athletics. This years Senior Girls Volleyball team were the Toronto AA representatives at OFSAA. The Senior Boys Volleyball team were the Toronto AA representatives at OFSAA for the 2014-2015 season which was held in Northern Ontario.

In the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, three Parkdalians participated as members of the Canadian Olympic team, Marvin Nash in the 100 metres, Bishop Dolegiewicz in discus and George Tintor in rowing.

Notable alumni[edit]

(Nigel Sparks) Orthepedic surgeon/ side line doctor for NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PCI History". Parkdale Collegiate. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Twelve decades of Parkdale Collegiate". Inside Toronto. Retrieved August 27, 2008. 

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