R. H. King Academy

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R. H. King Academy
RH King CI Logo.svg
R.H. King Collegiate Institute Archway.jpg
R.H. King Academy new entrance, built 1976.
The main archway to the school, one of the original components of the 1922 building, shown in the center (top)
Modern school building, partially built in 1975 on the western parking lot (bottom)
3800 St. Clair Avenue East

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Coordinates43°43′20″N 79°14′15″W / 43.72222°N 79.23750°W / 43.72222; -79.23750Coordinates: 43°43′20″N 79°14′15″W / 43.72222°N 79.23750°W / 43.72222; -79.23750
Former nameScarborough High School (1922-1930)
Scarborough Collegiate Institute (1930-1954)
R.H. King Collegiate Institute (1954-1989)
School typePublic, alternative magnet high school
MottoPer Ardua Sapientia
(Through the hard task of wisdom)
School boardToronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
OversightToronto Lands Corporation
SuperintendentKerry-Lynn Stadnyk
Area trusteeParthi Kandavel
School number4148 / 937266
AdministratorShanta Das
PrincipalDavid Rowan
Enrollment1270 (2015-16)
Colour(s)Black, Navy Blue, Light Blue, Green and Gold                     
SloganDiligimus Quaerimus Servimus
We care, we strive, we serve
MascotKingsley lion
Team nameKing Lions
NewspaperKingsley Voice
YearbookThe Bluff

R. H. King Academy (RH King, RHK or King), formerly known as Scarborough High School, Scarborough Collegiate Institute and R.H. King Collegiate Instituteis a secondary school and a de facto alternative school located in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, part of the Toronto District School Board. The school was established in 1922, then became a collegiate in 1930, renamed in 1954 and again in 1989. It was the first secondary school built in the former township of Scarborough and second-oldest surviving institution in Scarborough, after Agincourt Collegiate Institute. The R. H. King school motto is "Per Ardua Sapientia" which translates into Through the hard task of wisdom.


Founded in 1922 as Scarborough High School, the school became Scarborough Collegiate Institute in January 1930, before becoming R. H. King Collegiate Institute in 1954 and renamed again to R. H. King Academy in 1989.

The school was built on David Pherrill's farm, a member of the Pherrill family who farmed in the area.[1] The first few months of the school year in 1922 began at Birch Cliff Congregational Church.[2] The 1922 Collegiate Gothic building was built by architects Burden & Gouinlock in association with Harold E. Carter, who later worked on the 1949-1950 addition as Carter, Coleman and Rankin Associates.[3] While the 1949-1950 additions and the archway remain, the rest of the original 1922 structure was demolished in 1976.

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