Scarborough Board of Education

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Scarborough Board of Education
District 16
Scarborough Board of Education logo.svg
140 Borough Drive
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
M1P 4N6

District information
Established 1954
Closed December 31, 1997
Chair of the board Gaye Dale
Director of education Earl G. Campbell
District ID SBE
The TDSB East Education Office in the Scarborough Civic Centre; formerly housed the offices of SBE.

Scarborough Board of Education (SBE, commonly known as School District 16) is the former public-secular school district serving Scarborough, Ontario, Canada from 1954 when it was established to 1998 it was merged into the Toronto District School Board.[1] The former SBE offices remain in use today by the TDSB as the East Education Office.


In 1992, the SBE and the Centennial College made a deal to establish an adult education centre, the Scarborough Career Planning Centre, at the Centennial College.[2] In 1994 the entities agreed to establish the centre there beginning in the fall of that year.[3]

Plans were made to conduct the Scarborough Alternative For Educating Troubled Youths (SAFETY) program in 1994. The program was designed for students with twenty-day suspensions, the maximum period possible, in the former Highbrook Senior Public School facility. Community protests put these plans on hold and were never materialized.[4] Currently, the SAFETY program was later evolved into the TDSB's Caring and 'Safe School' programs.


Scarborough's schools in the south end of the city were built from the 1920 to 1960s. Older 19th and 20th century school houses were demolished to make way for large buildings as the area grew.

On the north end of the city schools were built from the 1960s to 1980s.

At one time the board operated educational programs for Francophone students. The Conseil des écoles françaises de la communauté urbaine de Toronto (CEFCUT) assumed control of French-language education in the Toronto area on 1 December 1988.[5]

Last Meeting[edit]

Following provincial legislation directing amalgamation of the Scaborough Board with the other boards making up the old Metro Toronto School Board (Toronto, North York, East York, Etobicoke and Scarborough) the last meeting of the SBE was held on November 27, 1997, chaired by Mrs. Gaye Dale, Trustee of Scarborough Ward 1 and Chairman of the Board.

Elementary Schools[edit]

Name Opened Notes Image
Donwood Park Public School
Highbrook Senior Public School closed 1980s and used as ASE
Norman Cook Junior Public School
St Andrews Public School
Anson S Taylor Public School
Charles Gordon Senior Public School
Henry Kelsey Senior Public School
John A Leslie Public School
Terry Fox Public School
Hillside Public School
Oakridge Junior Public School

Secondary Schools[edit]


Collegiate institutes[edit]

Name Opened Notes Image
Agincourt Collegiate Institute 1915 Formerly Agincourt Continuation School
Alternative Scarborough Education 1 1975 Shared space with St. Andrews PS
Delphi Secondary Alternative School 1981 Alternative Scarborough Education 2 - located a Chartland PS
Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute 1979
Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute 1964
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute 1976
Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute 1961
Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute 1954
R. H. King Academy 1922 previously R.H. King CI and Scarborough High School
L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute 1973
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute 1965
Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute 1970
Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute 1964
Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute 1962 Close 2000 and became Bond Academy until 2010
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute 1970
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute c.1978
W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute 1958
Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies 1986 Moved to former Midland CI site 2010
David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute 1959
West Hill Collegiate Institute 1955
Wexford Collegiate Institute 1965
Woburn Collegiate Institute 1963
South East Year Round Alternative Centre 2005 Post-amalgamation secondary school. Housed at Midland.

Vocational schools[edit]

The SBE operated six vocational secondary schools that are not classified as regular collegiates. Three schools offered general and basic courses as Business and Technical Institute (formerly Secondary School) while the other three offered basic level courses in an special education level branded as High School (previously known as Vocational School).

Two facilities that have other unique features such as Bendale (swimming pool) and Tabor Park (child care).

Name Opened Notes Image
Bendale Secondary School 1963
  • Formerly Bendale Vocational School (1963-1965) and renamed to Bendale B.T.I. (1965-1987)
  • Swimming pool
Bendale Business and Technical Institute.JPG
Maplewood Vocational School 1967
  • Renamed to Maplewood High School
Maplewood High School.JPG
Sir Robert L. Borden Secondary School 1966
  • Renamed to Sir Robert L. Borden B.T.I. in 1987.
Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute.JPG
Sir William Osler Vocational School 1975
  • Renamed to Sir William Osler High School
Sir William Osler High School.JPG
Tabor Park Vocational School 1965 Tabor Park Vocational School.JPG
Timothy Eaton Secondary School 1971
  • Renamed to Timothy Eaton B.T.I. in 1987.
  • Built in a farmland owned by Timothy Eaton
  • Closed in 2009, sold as two parcels in 2012.
Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute.JPG

Core holdings and leased schools[edit]

As of 1989, the Scarborough Board of Education has leased one school building to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) operating as a secondary school.

In addition, McCowan Road Jr. PS (closed in 2011) is leased out to Wali Ur Asr Islamic School and Gooderham PS is leased to the city.

Directors of Education[edit]


The board's administrative offices were located at 140 Borough Drive within the Scarborough Civic Centre and operations out of a building at 2466 Eglinton Avenue East (northside of Eglinton and west of Midland Avenue, but sold and replaced by Rainbow Village condos in 1990. Buses and board vehicles were later stored on Mclevin Avenue (McGriskin). The administrative offices remains in use today by the Toronto District School Board.

The board operated a fleet of their own school buses, similar to the Toronto Board of Education and Board of Education of North York and were stored at 2466 Eglinton Avenue East site.

Hillside Outdoor Education Centre, formerly Hillside PS (SS No 4), was used for outdoor education programs and located near Rouge Park.


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  2. ^ Boyle, Theresa. "Adult education centre will be constructed at Centennial College." Toronto Star. January 23, 1992. Scarborough/Durham SD p. 4. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Deverell, John. "'One-stop' career training centre." Toronto Star. January 27, 1994. Scarborough/Durham SD p. 3. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Josey, Stan. "Class for suspended students on hold Community concern about program voiced at meeting." Toronto Star. June 30, 1994. Scarborough/Durham SD p. 6. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Behiels, Michael D. La francophonie canadienne: renouveau constitutionnel et gouvernance scolaire (Issue 12 of Collection Amérique française, ISSN 1480-4735). University of Ottawa Press, 2005. ISBN 2760306003, 9782760306004. p. 133. "Le Conseil des écoles françaises de la communauté urbaine de Toronto (CEFCUT), le 1er décembre 1988, s'établit dans un climat beaucoup moins acrimonieux qu'à Ottawa-Carleton. Jusqu'en 1987, les conseils scolaires de Toronto, North York et Scarborough ainsi que leurs CCLF gèrent les classes et les écoles de langue française qui accueillent près de 1700 élèves."
  6. ^ "Secondary Schools." Toronto District School Board Scarborough Division. December 2, 1998. Retrieved on November 13, 2010.
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