Runnymede Collegiate Institute

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Runnymede Collegiate Institute
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569 Jane Street

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Coordinates43°39′48″N 79°29′22″W / 43.663387°N 79.489501°W / 43.663387; -79.489501Coordinates: 43°39′48″N 79°29′22″W / 43.663387°N 79.489501°W / 43.663387; -79.489501
School typePublic Secondary School
MottoVestigia Nulla Retrorsum
(No Steps Backward)
School boardToronto District School Board
(Board of Education for the City of York)
SuperintendentSandy Spyropoulos
LC4, Superintendent
Tracy Hayhurst
Area trusteeRobin Pilkey
Ward 7
School number6776 / 939609
PrincipalPaul Edwards
Vice PrincipalMichelle Robinson
Enrollment510 (2019)
Colour(s)Red, White        
MascotThe Raven
Team nameRunnymede Ravens
Runnymede Redmen(1927-1994)

Runnymede Collegiate Institute (colloquially known as Runnymede CI, RCI, or Runnymede) 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. Prior to 1998, the school was part of the Board of Education for the City of York. Runnymede has a population of 500 students and has a variety of course offerings ranging from computer technology to co-operative education, from modern languages to music. The motto of this school is Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum ("No Steps Forward").


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 Collegiate Gothic building was designed by Charles Wellington Smith and consisted of eight classrooms, 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 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.[citation needed] The Redmen name and logo were retired in 1994.[1]


Runnymede Collegiate Institute celebrated its 90th anniversary on Saturday, May 6, 2017.[2] Hundreds of former student alumni's, teachers, and current students attended the reunion. There were "decade rooms" where former students from each decade would meet up with their classmates and teachers.


Runnymede Collegiate Institute offers a number of different clubs and extracurricular activities. To join a club, students must pay an initial "activity fee" of $30 and $15 thereafter for each additional clubs they join. Some of the activities are listed below:[3]

  • Badminton Club
  • Baseball (boys and girls)
  • Basketball (varsity, junior and senior)
  • Black Students Association club
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Dance Club
  • Drama/Improv Club
  • Environmental Club
  • FIRST Robotics Competition (Robotics) Team 1310
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey (co-ed)
  • International Club
  • Leadership
  • Math Club
  • Me to We Club
  • Mental Health and Wellness Club
  • Power Yoga
  • QSA Club
  • Reach for the top
  • Right to Play
  • School Newspaper Club
  • Soccer (junior and senior)
  • Swim Team
  • Tech Crew
  • Track and Field
  • Urban Arts Club
  • Volleyball (Junior and senior girls, co-ed)
  • Yearbook Club

The Robotics Team is the biggest club in Runnymede with over 60 students every year.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lalani, Azzura (19 January 2017). "GTA school boards to review Indigenous team names, mascots and logos". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ "The Web site cannot be found".
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  4. ^ "Runnymede Robotics".
  5. ^ a b Dec 01, 2016 Bloor West Villager,

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