West Hill Collegiate Institute

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West Hill Collegiate Institute
West Hill Collegiate Institute (2013).jpg
350 Morningside Avenue
Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, M1E 3G3
Coordinates 43°46′33″N 79°11′26″W / 43.775872°N 79.190550°W / 43.775872; -79.190550Coordinates: 43°46′33″N 79°11′26″W / 43.775872°N 79.190550°W / 43.775872; -79.190550
School type Public High School
Motto Latin: Surgo in Lucem
(I rise into the light)
Founded 1955
School board Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
Superintendent Nadira Persaud
Area trustee Jerry Chadwick
School number 4184 / 951560
Principal Gillian Gibbons
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 758[1] (2014–15)
Language English
Campus size 17.07 acres
Area West Hill, Toronto
Colour(s) Red, Grey and White             
Mascot Wolfie the Wolf
Team name West Hill Warriors
West Hill Lady Warriors
Feeder schools Alexander Striling Public School
Alvin Curling Public School
Chief Dan George Public School
Emily Carr Public School
Fleming Public School
Heritage Park Public School
Highland Creek Public School
John G. Diefenbaker Public School
Joseph Brant Public School
Meadowvale Public School
Military Trail Public School
Morrish Public School
St. Margaret's Public School
West Hill Public School

West Hill Collegiate Institute (also called West Hill CI, WHCI or West Hill) is a public high school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located in Eastern Scarborough in the neighbourhood of West Hill. It is under the jurisdiction of the Scarborough Board of Education until its amalgamation with the Toronto District School Board in 1998. The school was opened in 1955 and named after the community of West Hill, Toronto in which the school is located, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. The school's motto is Surgo in Lucem which translates as I rise into the light.


In response to high population growth during the post-war years and to turn away its students living in the West Hill area from Scarborough Collegiate Institute, the Scarborough Board of Education created several new schools during the mid to late-1950s and among them was West Hill. Designed by the architectural firm, Carter, Coleman & Rankin, construction for West Hill C.I began in 1954 and the staff was in place in May 1954. On May 31, 1954, SBE acquired additional seven acres for the new school. As its fourth high school in the borough, West Hill Collegiate Institute made its debut on September 6. 1955, with 25 staff and 376 students along with its first principal, Harvey A.C. Farrow and vice-principal Francis S. Jennings. West Hill was officially opened on December 14, 1955. From the beginning, the original building consisted of 27 classrooms, a library, main office, gymnatorium, and cafeteria. Expansion of the school had resulted additional construction of 12 classrooms in 1959, followed by the auditorium in 1962, and the second gymnasium and swimming pool in 1971.

In 1977, West Hill held with 2131 students with 100 teachers. Today, West Hill capacity can be up to 1407 students.

In 2002, West Hill was noted for beating rival R. H. King Academy 150 to 58 in a basketball game in which West Hill star Denham Brown scored 13 three pointers.[2]

In 2009, West Hill kept the Warriors moniker, but the Native American head, which was used since its inception, was replaced with a stylized Trojan mascot in 2010.[3]

West Hill Collegiate Institute was one of several Toronto high schools with low enrolment rates that were placed under Pupil Accommodation Review in 2015 by the Toronto school board.[4][5]


The crest for West Hill consists of a red shield with a white shield bordered in black and silver containing a red sun on the top, between a magic lantern (commonly found on most school logos in the TDSB) and a sheaf is the school motto, "Surgo in Lucem" (I rise into the light) in a black banner. On the bottom of the crest, there is the white banner inscription that reads "West Hill Collegiate Institute".


West Hill is located near the intersection of Kingston Rd and Morningside Avenue. Houses are to the west and Highland Creek to the north and east. It is next to Morningside Park, and close to the University of Toronto Scarborough and Centennial College as well as nearby separate school, John Paul II Catholic Secondary School.

West Hill shares the same design as Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and has since altered overtime. It began with 27 rooms but the school underwent a renovation during the 1970s to create an additional 50 classrooms, four gymnasiums, a library (named after West Hill's first principal, H.A.C. Farrow), two studios for the Drama Department, workshop rooms, and a quad to enable creative learning opportunities for studies in science. The area's revival took over a decade, and won several environmental awards. In addition, it serves as working grounds for visual arts students. The school holds a swimming pool in its southwest wing, which is open to staff, students, and the community.


The 598-seated Francis S. Jennings Auditorium.


West Hill Collegiate Institute's physical education department has a student-run council (West Hill Athletic Council or WHAC), which organizes school spirit assemblies, the Athletic Banquet, and intramural sports.


The Drama Department participates in the Ontario Sears Drama Festival, and every winter, they perform a play. West Hill has a concert band which has competed in music competitions since the 1980s and have ranked first several times. The Music Department features two annual concerts every year: one in winter for the holidays and one in the spring called, "Music in May".


The Student Activity Council (SAC) plans and executes events and activities for the student body such as Grade 9 Orientation Day, Welcome Back Carnival, Holiday Concert, Semi-Formal and Prom. Students are elected for SAC positions every June and decisions are made by the student body.

The Prefects consists of students in grade 10 to 12 who are selected by teachers at the end of every school year. Prefects volunteer at events during the school year and occasionally organize their own events. Student philanthropists participate in an organization called Me to We which aims to make positive differences for society on a local and global level through events throughout the school year.


As a multicultural school, West Hill has clubs to reflect the culture and ethnic minorities present in the school. Some of the cultural clubs at WHCI include the Desi Club, Afro-Canadian Association, Muslim Student Association, Bengali Student Association, and West Indian Club, all of which perform in the school's multicultural assemblies. WHCI's Multicultural Committee plans and executes Food Fiestas and an annual Multicultural Night.


West Hill offers Advanced Placement opportunities in Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Biology and Physics which prepare students for studies at university. The West Hill Physics Club goes to McMaster University's Science Olympics every year. They have won the Paper Triathlon and placed third in Twist and Turn, a protein building exercise. The Robotics Club, SWATT (Scarborough Warriors at the Top) Team #1088, competed in the 2003 FIRST Robotics Competitions. As rookies, they won three awards: first place in the Canadian Regional Championships, Engineering Design and the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Entrepreneurship Awards. The team travelled to Houston, Texas that year to compete internationally; the following year, they went to Atlanta, Georgia. This club is inactive.


The Fraser Institute gave West Hill C.I. an overall rating of 2.8/10 for the 2014–2015 school year, when the school was ranked 632 out of 676 Ontario high schools.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of West Hill Collegiate Institute include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Louise (31 January 2015). "Behind the schools on the closings hit list". Toronto Star. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Hancock, Pat (2009). Crazy Canadian Trivia 4. Scholastic Canada. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Paterson, Stuart (December 7, 2009). "School Sheds its Warrior Image Over Aboriginal Stereotypes". The Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ Howlett, Karen (4 February 2015). "Toronto Board Recommends Selling Four Schools, Reviewing 31 More". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Fate of dozens of underutilized schools to be determined over next 3 years, TDSB says". CTV News. February 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Report Card for West Hill Collegiate Institute". Fraser Institute. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Thiersch, Antje (2002). The Reality B(ey)ond: Triviality and Profundity in the Novels of Joan Barfoot. Galda & Wilch. p. 227. 
  8. ^ "Steve Nash, Rowan Barrett team up at Basketball Canada". 
  9. ^ "Shepherd, Brown remember basketball glory days with West Hill". 
  10. ^ "Delroy Clarke goes from CFL to RCMP, next in long line of CFLers in police work". Yahoo Sports Canada. 1 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Cowan, Judith (2014). The Permanent Nature of Everything: A Memoir. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 308. 
  12. ^ "West Hill's open spaces". pressreader.com. April 5, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ "bio". 
  14. ^ "Kyle Johnson". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "High school results, June 2". thestar.com. June 2, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ Grossman, David (August 12, 2015). "Scarborough’s Liam McMorrow Keeping NBA Dream Alive". Inside Toronto. 
  17. ^ a b "Top Scarborough athletes leave their mark at high school". 
  18. ^ "Shepherd, Brown Remember Basketball Glory Days With West Hill". Scarborough Mirror. August 12, 2011. 
  19. ^ Carter, Tristan (November 18, 2009). "Chris Stewart Shines in NHL". The Toronto Observer. 
  20. ^ Hatherly, Tara (December 7, 2015). "Scarborough Native The Weeknd Scores Seven Grammy Nominations". Inside Toronto. 

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