St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School

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Coordinates: 43°40′41″N 79°19′42″W / 43.678151°N 79.328343°W / 43.678151; -79.328343

The Centre for Arts, Media, and Technology @
St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School
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Amor Christi nos impellit
The Love of Christ Impels Us
49 Felstead Avenue
East Danforth, Toronto, Ontario, M4J 1G3, Canada
Public transit access TTC:
North/South: 31 Greenwood
Rapid Transit: Greenwood
School number 546 / 838268
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Congregation of Notre Dame)
Superintendent John Shanahan
Area 6
Area trustee Angela Kennedy
Ward 11
Principal Sandra Mudryj
Vice Principals John McCabe
Susan Laidlaw
School type Bill 30 Catholic High school
Art school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Team name St. Patrick Patriots (1986-2013)
St. Patrick Vipers (2013-present)
Colours Red, Black, Silver, and White                 
Founded 1852 (elementary)
1986 (secondary)
Enrollment 774 (2013-14)
Parish St. Catherine of Siena
Specialist High Skills Major Construction
Design and Technology
Program Focus Hospitality and Tourism
Homepage The Centre for Arts, Media, and Technology @ St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School
St. Patrick Catholic School
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70 D'Arcy Street
Chinatown, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1Y7, Canada
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Superintendent John Shanahan
Area 6
Area trustee Jo-Ann Davis
Ward 9
School type Catholic Elementary school
Grades JK-8
Language English
Established 1852 (closed 1983)
Parish St. Patrick

The Centre for Arts, Media, and Technology at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School (also referred as SPCSS, St. Pats, St. Patrick, St. Patrick C.S.S. or Pats) is a Roman Catholic high school located in Toronto, Ontario and operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It is dedicated to Saint Patrick of Ireland and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame. One of Toronto's oldest schools, St. Patrick's used to be an elementary school founded in 1852, and turned into a secondary school which opened in 1986 on D'Arcy Street (now Heydon Park Secondary School). In 1989, St. Patrick moved from downtown Toronto into the site of the former Lakeview Secondary School in Toronto's east end.


Patron saint[edit]

Main article: Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of the island along with Saints Brigid and Columba.

Two authentic letters from him survive, from which come the only generally accepted details of his life.[1] When he was about 16, he was captured from his home and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland as an ordained bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17, the date of his death.[2] It is celebrated both inside and outside Ireland, as both a religious and, especially outside Ireland, secular holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; outside Ireland, it can be a celebration of Ireland itself. For most of Christianity's first thousand years, canonisations were done on the diocesan or regional level. Relatively soon after the death of people considered very holy, the local Church affirmed that they could be liturgically celebrated as saints. As a result, St. Patrick has never been formally canonised by a Pope; nevertheless, various Christian churches declare that he is a Saint in Heaven (he is in the List of Saints). He is still widely venerated in Ireland and elsewhere today.[3]

The school today[edit]

One of Toronto's oldest Catholic schools, St. Patrick was founded as an elementary school on St. Patrick Market St. in downtown Toronto in 1852 during the introduction of publicly funded education in Canada. At first a primarily Irish school, St. Patrick (patron of Ireland) and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (a French Canadian) were chosen as the patrons. The school location changed places to Dummer St. to Caerhowel St. and finally to 70 D’Arcy St. in 1966. The elementary school closed in 1983 and was re-opened as a secondary school in 1986 under the leadership of the first principal Sr. Lucille Corrigan, a former principal at Notre Dame High School.

With the extension of public funding of Catholic education to secondary schools, St. Patrick became a secondary school and began to search for a new site. In 1989, during a period of reorganization by the Toronto Board of Education, Lakeview Secondary School, in a new building on the site of a former quarry at 49 Felstead Ave. in Toronto's east end, was closed due to low enrollment and the property was turned over to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) to be the new site for St. Patrick. The school has a large feeder area, serving Catholics from almost all of the former City of Toronto's east end.


The school has seen drastic changes in enrollment over the years as schools in Toronto have suffered from the movement of many families to the suburbs. During the 1990s, after a long period of immigration to Toronto of many Catholic families, St. Patrick's had up to 1,500 students housed in the leased five storey school building. The student population began to dwindle in the 2000s and now stands at only 549 (2012–13) students. Students chose to go to other schools in the area such as Neil McNeil, Notre Dame, Danforth, and Malvern. The population of the school began to increase steadily in 2014, and by 2016, an additional 200 students are going to be enrolled to St.Patrick. In 2014, Fraiser Institute released its annual report card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools; St.Patrick's Catholic Secondary School was mentioned as one of the fastest improving schools in Toronto. Scoring from 2.9 (2009-2010) to 6.4 (2013-2014) out of 10.[4] The ethnic make-up of the student population has also changed; today it is very diverse with a large number of Black, Hispanic, Chinese, White, and Filipino students.

Centre for the Arts, Media, and Technology[edit]

In June 2010, St. Patrick was chosen to be a grade 9-12 Arts, Media and Technologies Centre by TCDSB and designated in February 2011 in an attempt to put the limits on enrollment sitting fewer than 500-600 students with the school below capacity, while nearby schools such as Neil McNeil and Notre Dame are overcrowded.[5] This program has since started in September 2011. The Arts focus on Dance, Drama, Music (vocal, band & guitar), & Visual Arts would require admission to the program is by audition (guitar, vocal, instrumental music) and workshop (dance, drama and visual arts). Technology & Media Studies programs do not require any additional applications.[6]


A full range of academic programming is offered to students. The aim is for students to achieve success by meeting individual learning needs and providing more opportunities to experience and build strengths and interests through a variety of enhanced learning opportunities. These skills enable each student to move forward to post-secondary goals of University, College, Apprenticeship or the world of work. St. Patrick has undergone extensive renovations with the purchase of new up-to-date facilities for theatre and visual arts, physical education and construction technology.

Campus features
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Tennis/Basketball Court
  • Full Size Track and Field
  • Two Music Rooms
  • Mini Restaurant Called The Shamrock served by students in the Hospitality and Tourism Course
  • Three Computer Labs
  • Two Mac Labs
  • Full Size Auditorium
  • Windowed Cafeteria with full view of School Sports Field & panorama of the city
  • Great View Of Lake Shore Boulevard and downtown Toronto from different parts of the school
  • A Chapel for both Staff and Students
  • Wood Shop
  • Dance Studio
  • Weight Room
  • Daycare attached

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Holy Name (690 Carlaw Ave.)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (444 Sherbourne St.)
  • St. Ann (Riverdale)
  • St. Brigid (300 Wolverleigh Blvd)
  • St. Dunstan (14 Pharmacy Ave.)
  • St. Joseph (176 Leslie St.)
  • St. Paul (80 Sackville St.)
  • St. William (343 Jones Ave)
East York
  • Holy Cross (299A Donlands Ave.)
  • Canadian Martyrs (520 Plains Road)
  • John XXIII (Flemingdon Park)
  • St. Aloysius (Glebeholme)

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