Parkdale Collegiate Institute
|209 Jameson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2Y3
|School type||High school|
|School board||Toronto District School Board|
|Area trustee||Robin Pilkey|
|Enrollment||635 (spring 2008)|
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 is one of the oldest secondary schools in the City of Toronto.
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.
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.
- Fred Gardiner, lawyer and politician; first chairman of Metropolitan Toronto
- Faisal Kutty, prominent lawyer and law professor
- Goody Rosen, Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder
- Charles Templeton, Canadian cartoonist, evangelist, agnostic, politician, newspaper editor, inventor, broadcaster and author
- Anne Mroczkowski TV reporter and news anchor.
- Bonnie Dobson Folk singer, 1960s and 70s.
- "Parkdale Collegiate" (PDF). Toronto and District School Board. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
- "Parkdale Collegiate School Program" (PDF). Toronto and District School Board. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
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