Runnymede Collegiate Institute
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|Runnymede Collegiate Institute|
Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
No Steps Backward
|569 Jane Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4A3
|School type||Public Secondary School|
|School board||Toronto District School Board|
|Area trustee||Robin Pilkey|
|School number||(416) 394-3200|
|Area||SW1 Region, Ward 7|
|Team name||Ravens, formerly Redmen|
Runnymede Collegiate Institute (colloquially known as RCI) is a high school located on Jane Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school first opened in 1927 and is operated by the Toronto District School Board.
Runnymede Collegiate institute was completed and officially opened on November 11, 1927 although classes had begun on September 6 for 250 students and a staff of 10 teachers led by Principal Bruce W. Clark. The original building was designed by Charles Wellington Smith and consisted of eight class rooms, three science labs, an auditorium, a library, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and a locker area on three floors. Significant additions to the building were completed in 1928, 1958 and 1966. The building now includes over 30 classrooms, a swimming pool, two gyms, computers labs, a drama studio and a large cafeteria.
The school was built on land, which had belonged to John Scarlett. His is estate was called “Runnymede” after the field of Runnymede, where King John of England signed the Magna Carta. The school’s colours, red and white, derive partly from Scarlett’s name, and also from the fact that the school opened in the year of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee. Owing to their red school jackets, Runnymede students came to be known as Redmen in the 1930s. Over time an Indian head logo was adopted to go with the name. The Redmen name and logo were retired in 1994.
- Frederick George Topham - recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II
- Dwight Drummond - news anchor on CBC Toronto
- P. K. Subban - Defenceman, Montreal Canadiens
- Jim Peplinski - Captain of the Calgary Flames during their 1988-89 Stanley Cup Victory
- James Milton Ham, scientist and 10th President of the University of Toronto
- Claude Bissell, Canada’s youngest university president
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