Earl Haig Secondary School

Earl Haig Secondary School is a public high school with a student body of 2,048 students in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to being a public secondary school, the school is also host to the Claude Watson Arts Program, an auditioned arts program integrated into the secondary school curriculum.

Earl Haig Secondary School
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100 Princess Avenue

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Coordinates43°46′10″N 79°24′22″W / 43.7694°N 79.4061°W / 43.7694; -79.4061Coordinates: 43°46′10″N 79°24′22″W / 43.7694°N 79.4061°W / 43.7694; -79.4061
Other nameHaig State
Former nameEarl Haig Collegiate Institute
School typePublic, High school
MottoCarpe Diem
("Seize the day")
Sister schoolClaude Watson School for the Arts
School boardToronto District School Board
SuperintendentSahar Sefer
Area trusteeAlexander Brown
School number906450
PrincipalRicky Goldenerg
Enrolment2,048 (2017–18)
Colour(s)         Blue and white
Budget$598,182 (2018–19)
Graduates continuing to Post-Secondary95% (2016)
Last updated: 22 August 2018


The school's namepiece from the original building.
The front of the school.

The school is named after Field Marshal The 1st Earl Haig, who was commander of the British Expeditionary Force during the majority of the First World War. The school was established in 1928, shortly after Earl Haig's death.[1]

The original school was designed by the Toronto architectural firm of Craig and Madill[2][failed verification] and construction started in November 1929. The building officially opened in 1930 as Earl Haig Collegiate Institute. Additions were made in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. In 1961, the school changed its name from Earl Haig Collegiate Institute to Earl Haig Secondary School. It is currently the largest high school in the Toronto District School Board.

The Claude Watson Arts Program began in 1982.[3] The program consists of dance, drama, music, film arts, and visual arts.

In 1996, the original building was demolished in sections to make way for a new building. This new building was designed around the original auditorium, Cringan Hall. Carruthers Shaw and Partners Limited, the same company that designed buildings at Queen's University and Upper Canada College, designed the new building and Bondfield Construction were contracted to build the school. The new 29,000 m2 (310,000 sq ft) building was officially opened in September 1997 at a cost of $30,800,000.[4]

Earl Haig Secondary School after reconstruction (main entrance).

For many years, the school participated in the Canadian National Math League (CNML), Canadian Open Math Competition (COMC), Canadian Intermediate/Senior Math Competitions (CIMC/CSMC), Pascal/Cayley/Fermat, Fryer/Galois/Hypatia, and Euclid math contests. However, the math department decided to cancel CIMC/CSMC participation in 2018, and COMC participation in 2019, as they did not lack the same initiative that their students did in regards to participating in math competitions.

Claude Watson Arts ProgramEdit

The Claude Watson Arts Program was founded in 1982 and is integrated with Earl Haig.[3] A separate program from the open collegiate secondary school,[5] enrolment in the Claude Watson program requires an audition and is available to Toronto students outside of Earl Haig's eligible attendance area.[6] The school has operated in the former Sping Gardens Public School property.[citation needed]

Each student takes a full academic course load and, additionally, majors in one of five arts disciplines: dance, drama, music, film arts or visual arts.[3]

The curriculum of the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School is similar to that of the arts-only school Etobicoke School of the Arts.[citation needed]

Wavy HallEdit

Wavy Hall from Exterior during winter.

Wavy Hall is the name given to the glass hallway close to the main entrance of Earl Haig. The hallway was built as part of the school reconstruction in 1996. Wavy Hall is one of the most prominent architectural features of the school, and is the most immediately recognizable part of Earl Haig. It leads to Cringan Hall (the auditorium) and the music rooms.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit

See: List of Earl Haig Secondary School people

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Toronto District School Board > Find your School > Details > Schools > School History". Toronto District School Board. 2014. Archived from the original on 2017-11-29. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  2. ^ "Craig and Madill - Architects". fostermemorial.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Claude Watson Secondary Arts". Archived from the original on 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  4. ^ "Earl Haig Secondary School". Bondfield Construction. Archived from the original on 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
  5. ^ "Earl Haig Secondary School" (PDF). Toronto District School Board. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  6. ^ "2016 School Stories: Earl Haig Secondary School". EQAO. Archived from the original on 12 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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