Regina Pacis Catholic Secondary School
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|Regina Pacis Catholic Secondary School|
Operating as Monsignor Fraser College Norfinch Campus
45 Norfinch Drive|
University Heights, North York, Ontario, M3N 1W8
|School type||Catholic High school|
Pax et Lux|
(Peace and Light)
(Holy Ghost Fathers)
|Founded||1980 (closed 2002)|
|School board||Toronto Catholic District School Board|
|School number||526 / 752886|
|Colour(s)||Royal and Light Blue|
|Team name||Pacis Olympians|
|Public transit access||
North/South: 35 Jane
West/East: 36 Finch West, 84D Sheppard West
Rapid Transit: Jane, Finch
Regina Pacis Catholic Secondary School (Regina Pacis CSS, RPCSS, Regina Pacis High, or Pacis in short) is a former Catholic High school located in the Downsview neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The name Regina Pacis comes from Latin which means Queen of Peace, referring to the Virgin Mary.
Regina Pacis was founded in 1980 by Father Gerald Fitzgerald, CSSp and the Holy Ghost Fathers using the temporary facilities of St. Philip Neri Catholic School. The school moved to a newly built site on 45 Norfinch Drive that opened in 1982. Overcrowding pressures forced the MSSB to lease the former Melody Public School on 24 Strathburn Blvd. from the North York Board of Education (which it was closed in 1986) along with half of 827 students from St. Basil-the-Great housed in 17 portables on the Weston Road site.
As a result of declining enrollment in the years, the school was closed in June 2002. Pacis has a building in excellent state of repair, despite having a decrease in enrollment. Many of the students in area were redirected to schools such as St. Basil’s, James Cardinal McGuigan, but renovations had to take place to accommodate the special needs students. With smaller school communities, many move to larger but physical buildings such as McGuigan, which previously had portables on site before added an annex in 2006. St. Basil’s new building in the Humberlea area that can fit 984 students opened in 1999 has already outgrowned to 1450.
Following the closure, Regina Pacis served as the temporary home of Immaculate Conception Catholic School from 2003-2005 upon construction of the new, replacement campus on Comay Road. Similarly, Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School operated out of Pacis from 2005-2007 during construction with a two-year daily caravan of 13 buses and one late bus that would transport Johnson students to Pacis. In 2007, Monsignor Fraser College took over the Pacis site, relocating from St. Gaspar to serve as the Norfinch Campus.
Regina Pacis is situated in the northwest quadrant of Downsview in North York with a mixed residential, commercial and industrial neighbourhood.
The feeder schools for Pacis were Blessed Margherita, St. Augustine, St. Charles Garnier, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances Catholic Schools. The local community was serviced by four closely situated churches: St. Augustine, St. Jane Frances, St. Jude and St. Wilfrid.
Regina Pacis is located in 5 acres of land with the new three storey building built in 1982. The school has 23 academic classrooms, three science labs, a wide atrium, two arts rooms, two music rooms, two industrial art rooms, a home economics room, a cafeteria with servery attached, a gymnatorium that can be partitioned into two smaller gyms with a stage, a chapel, and three staircases. The athletic field, Remberto Navia Sports Field is attached north of the school site.
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