York Memorial Collegiate Institute

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York Memorial Collegiate Institute
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2690 Eglinton Avenue West
Silverthorn, Toronto, Ontario, M6M 1T9
Coordinates 43°41′25″N 79°28′35″W / 43.69028°N 79.47639°W / 43.69028; -79.47639Coordinates: 43°41′25″N 79°28′35″W / 43.69028°N 79.47639°W / 43.69028; -79.47639
School type Public, high school
Motto Macte Nova Virtute
(Go Forth With New Strength)
Religious affiliation(s) Non-Aligned
Founded 1929
School board Toronto District School Board
(Board of Education for the City of York)
School district North-West
Superintendent Jeffrey Hainbuch
Area trustee Chris Tonks
School number 6697 / 954683
Principal Suzana Greenaway
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1059 (2013-14)
Language English
Area Toronto
Colour(s) Red and Gold         
Mascot Mustangs
Team name York Memorial Mustangs

York Memorial Collegiate Institute (York Memorial CI, YMCI, York Memorial, or Memo) is a public secondary school that is part of the Toronto District School Board in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is located at 2690 Eglinton Avenue West, at the corner of Eglinton Ave. W. and Trethewey Drive. The school is often referred to as "Memo" by its students.


York Memorial Collegiate Institute opened on January 30, 1930.[1] Over 80% of graduates go on to university or college.[citation needed] Last year[when?] 55% of graduates were Ontario Scholars. In addition to a full range of academic courses from grades 9-12, York Memorial offers students specialized programs that include the R.U.S.H. (Road Map to University Success with Honours) and Gifted programs. Students enrolled in these specialized programs are expected to handle a more demanding academic curriculum. York Memorial is leading the way in offering a wide range (13 courses) of Advanced Placement courses in all subject areas and is currently ranked first among all public schools in Ontario.[citation needed] York Memorial AP students have gone on to prestigious universities around the world, including MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, U of T, York, Waterloo, Oxford, and Cambridge.

The York Memorial Mustangs have always been prominent in athletics.[2] Trophies and red and gold banners line the halls of the school and the gym adding to the rich history of the school and community. The Mustangs have traditionally performed well in varsity ice hockey, table tennis, basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, track and field, cheerleading, and cross country. The Mustangs share rivalries with their Etobicoke neighbours, the Richview Saints (especially in hockey); the Etobicoke Rams; and the Scarlett Heights Wolfpack as well as their City of York rivals, the Runnymede Ravens, George Harvey Hawks and the Vaughan Road Vipers.

Advanced Placement[edit]

York Memorial has Roadmap to University with Success with Honours (RUSH) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. The RUSH program is an enrichment program that trains students for the full AP program. AP courses are offered in a wide variety of subjects.[citation needed]

There is also a Pre-Advanced Placement program (10 English, 11 Biology, 11 Physics, 11 Chemistry) which students attend in grades 10 to 11 before taking the AP program in grade 12.

In Literature[edit]

This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, a novel by Gordon Korman, features a picture of York Memorial on the cover of the 2003 edition.[citation needed]

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