Toronto Board of Education

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Toronto Board of Education
155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 3M7

Chair of the boardDavid Moll
District IDTBE

The Toronto Board of Education (TBE) is the former secular school district serving the pre-merged city of Toronto. The board offices were located at 155 College Street.[1] Following a referendum in 1900, the Toronto Board of Education was created in 1904 from the merger of the Toronto Public School Board, the Collegiate Institute Board, and the Technical School Board.[2][3]

As of December 1996, the TBE operated 169 schools and had over 4,800 teachers and principals and about 78,000 full-time students and over 250,000 continuing education and adult students.[4]

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]

In 1998 the TBE merged into the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). At that point, 155 College Street became solely used as the board headquarters of the TDSB.[1] The building was subsequently sold to the University of Toronto and the TDSB moved its headquarters to 5050 Yonge Street, formerly the headquarters of the North York Board of Education.

Preceding School Boards[edit]

The Board of Education for the City of Toronto was created by the merger of the Toronto Public School Board, the Collegiate Institute Board, and the Technical School Board following a municipal referendum in 1900.

The Collegiate Institute Board[edit]

The Collegiate Institute Board was created in 1807 to oversee what we would now call secondary schools. Unlike the Toronto Public School Board whose trustees were elected, the Collegiate Institute Board was appointed. In its earliest years, Bishop Strachan influenced appointments, but starting in 1841 trustees were appointed by the provincial executive government and my municipal council from 1853-1904.[6] Dean H.J. Grasset is most associated with the board, having served on the board for ten years. Until the late 1880's the board was only responsible for one school, but this changed with the annexation of Parkdale in 1889, leading the Parkdale High School to be renamed the Jameson Avenue Collegiate Institute, and the construction of Harbord Collegiate Institute in 1892. The addition of schools meant that the Toronto High School was renamed the Jarvis Collegiate Institute in 1890, though the school did not move to its current location until 1924.

The Technical School Board[edit]

The Technical School Board was created to oversee a single school, the Toronto Technical School. Classes were first offered in 1892 in St. Lawrence Hall, but when enrollment exceeded expectations they were moved to Old Wycliffe Hall, now part of the University of Toronto campus. In 1901, classes were moved to the Stewart Building due to growing enrollment. Finally, the school moved to it's current location in 1915 and is now known as the Central Technical School due to the construction of addition technical schools in the board. Members of the Technical School Board were also appointed but by a different process than members of the Collegiate Institute Board. Members of the Technical School Board were appointed by municipal council, the Architectural Guild, the Trades and Labour Council, and the Association of Stationary Engineers.[6] After amalgamation in 1904, members of the board became part of a special committee of the Toronto Board of Education. Dr. A.C.McKay was an early champion of technical education.[7]


Secondary schools[8][edit]

Primary schools[10][edit]


  1. ^ a b c "City of Toronto Council and Committees School Board Lands." (Archive). City of Toronto. March 26, 1999. Retrieved on July 23, 2013. "The TDSB administrative capital management strategy identifies the former Toronto Board of Education's facility at 155 College Street as the main headquarters of the new School Board, for its sole use."
  2. ^ "1904 Toronto Board of Education Created | Radical Reform". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  3. ^ Prentice, Alison; Heaps, Ruby (1991). Gender and Education: An Historical Reader. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. p. 206.
  4. ^ Home page. (Archive) Toronto Board of Education. December 28, 1996. Retrieved on July 23, 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. ^ a b Hardy, Edwin Austin (1950). Cochrane, Honora M., ed. Centennial Story: The Board of Education for the City of Toronto 1850-1950. Toronto, ON: Thomas Nelson & Sons (Canada) Limited.
  7. ^ "1915 Central Technical School | Radical Reform". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  8. ^ "Secondary Schools." (Archive) Toronto Board of Education. November 12, 1997. Retrieved on July 23, 2013.
  9. ^ Contenta, Sandro. "Catholic board wants to take over Toronto's West Park Secondary." Toronto Star. December 17, 1986. News p. A7. Retrieved on July 23, 2013. "[...]is eager to take over Toronto's West Park Secondary School - due to be closed in [...]A Toronto Board of Education committee has recommended that the full[...]"
  10. ^ a b "Elementary Schools." (Archive) Toronto Board of Education. November 12, 1997. Retrieved on July 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "D'Arcy Street Education Office." (Archive) Toronto District School Board. December 2, 1998. Retrieved on July 23, 2013.

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