Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School

Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School (also called Don Bosco, Don Bosco CSS, DBCSS, Don Bosco Toronto, or simply Bosco), is a Toronto Catholic District School Board secondary school facility in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former suburb of Etobicoke, north of the intersection of Islington Avenue and Dixon Road in the Kingsview Village neighbourhood.

Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School
2 St. Andrew's Boulevard

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Coordinates43°42′08″N 79°33′00″W / 43.702087°N 79.549924°W / 43.702087; -79.549924
School typeCatholic High school
MottoCrescamus in Christum
(Let us Grow in Christ)
School boardToronto Catholic District School Board
SuperintendentLoretta Notten
Area 1
Area trusteeJoseph Martino
Ward 1
School number525 / 703184
PrincipalMichael Rossetti
Enrollment97 (2016-17)
Schedule typeSemestered
Colour(s)Green and Gold   
SloganReason, Religion, and Kindness
Team nameBosco Eagles
Specialist High Skills MajorHospitality & Tourism
Program FocusBroad-based Technology
Advanced Placement
Global Education
Self-Directed Learning

The school opened in 1978 by the Salesians of Don Bosco religious orders as Central Etobicoke's first Catholic high school and moved into the former Keiller Mackay Collegiate Institute building, constructed and opened in 1971 by the Etobicoke Board of Education, in 1983. Don Bosco became fully publicly funded by the Metropolitan Separate School Board in 1987. Many years later, the board closed Don Bosco due to dwindling enrollment in 2017 and the building became the temporary home for the Toronto Argonauts practice facility, with a short-term lease of the facility from the TCDSB.[1] After its vacancy, the school building is used to house Dante Alighieri Academy starting in 2021–22 school year as their school is being reconstructed.

In the school's later years, Don Bosco became famous for then-Mayor Rob Ford's notorious football program.

History edit

The school was named after Saint John Bosco since 1978. During the 2000s up to 2013, the school was known for having former Toronto mayor Rob Ford as its school coach. In 2014, Don Bosco adopted a Self-Directed Learning program, similar to that of Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, becoming only the second such school in the GTA and third in Ontario to do so. The school subsequently disbanded this method and returned to the regular class system.

Sports edit

In the school's inaugural year, it took the midget girl's relay title in a competition.[2]

Football program edit

The head coach of the school's football program, from 2002 to 2013, was Rob Ford, (affectionately known as "The F-150" by the school), the Mayor of Toronto from 2010 until 2014. Ford had previously been a coach at Newtonbrook Secondary School, until a 2001 confrontation with a student.[3] The Canadian Taxpayers Federation lodged criticism against Ford for using city resources for the program. Two of Ford's summer football teams list two of Ford's city-paid special assistants as contacts, providing the numbers for their city-owned cellphones. Sources claimed Ford used a city car to ferry players to games and practices.[4] Ford skipped 5 1/2 hours of a City executive committee meeting to attend a "pre-season jamboree" with his team, not telling his council allies.[5]

Ford talked to Sun News Network about the program, how many students "come from gangs" and "broken homes", and without football would have "no reason to go to school". Some Don Bosco school staff sent an anonymous group letter to senior Catholic school board officials, decrying Ford's comments about the school to Sun News, calling them "no reflection of the real" school. The board launched an investigation about the comments.[6] At a parent meeting, some attendees expressed concern that the school is too often called "Rob Ford's".[7] In May 2013, the Toronto Star saw video of Ford calling the students "just f---ing minorities"; the school board refused to comment, having not seen the video.[8] On May 22, the Toronto Catholic District School Board dismissed Ford from the coaching position.[9]

One-time player Anthony Smith was murdered March 28, 2013. A photo of Smith with Ford was widely used as illustration during reportage of the alleged drug video. In June 2013, police conducted raids as part of Project Traveller; murder charges in this case are expected.[10] Later, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed the existence of the video on October 31, 2013.[11]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Toronto Argonauts to move into new practice facility at former high school". National Post. The Canadian Press. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  2. ^ "St. Mike's wins twice in the Beltline relay". The Toronto Star. Toronto. 23 September 1979. p. C05.
  3. ^ "Rob Ford told he was unwelcome as a football coach at Toronto high school". The Star. Toronto.
  4. ^ "Mayor Rob Ford takes heat from taxpayers' group for using city staff for football". The Star. Toronto.
  5. ^ Dale, Daniel. "Mayor Rob Ford misses committee meeting to coach football at 'jamboree'". The Star. Toronto.
  6. ^ Dale, Daniel. "Catholic school board investigating Rob Ford's 'inaccurate' Sun News interview". The Star. Toronto.
  7. ^ "Rob Ford: Parents at school where Toronto mayor coaches football meet to discuss if they want him to continue". The Star. Toronto.
  8. ^ Daniel Dale; David Rider (17 May 2013). "Rob Ford crack scandal: Toronto mayor refuses to discuss specifics of video". Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Rob Ford fired as Don Bosco Eagles football coach". CBC News.
  10. ^ "Police say some Project Traveller charges connected to Anthony Smith murder - Toronto |".
  11. ^ CTV News Staff (31 Oct 2013). "We have images consistent with alleged crack video: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair". CTV News. Toronto. Retrieved 6 Nov 2013.

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