Runnymede Collegiate Institute

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Runnymede Collegiate Institute
Runnymede Collegiate Back View.jpg
569 Jane Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4A3
Coordinates 43°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 type Public Secondary School
Motto Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
(No Steps Backward)
Founded 1927
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Tracy Hayhurst
Area trustee Robin Pilkey
School number (416) 394-3200
Principal Paul Edwards
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 614 (2017-18)
Language English
Area SW1 Region, Ward 7
Colour(s) Red, White        
Mascot The Raven
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 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, 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.[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) Club
  • 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
  • Video Game Club
  • Volleyball (Junior and senior girls, co-ed)
  • Yearbook Club

One of the most recognized and successful clubs is the Robotics Club where students work collectively to build a robot to do certain tasks. The club offers many different positions such as electrical-pneumatics, constructions, business, media and programming. It is the biggest club in Runnymede with over 60 students every year.[4]

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