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Northern Secondary School (Toronto)

Northern Secondary School is a public high school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It teaches grades 9 through 12. It is a part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Prior to Amalgamation of Toronto in 1998, it was within the Toronto Board of Education (TBE).[3] The closest TTC subway station is Eglinton.

Northern Secondary School
Northern Secondary School Crest.png
Address
851 Mount Pleasant Road

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Canada
Coordinates43°42′38.17″N 79°23′24.42″W / 43.7106028°N 79.3901167°W / 43.7106028; -79.3901167Coordinates: 43°42′38.17″N 79°23′24.42″W / 43.7106028°N 79.3901167°W / 43.7106028; -79.3901167
Information
School typeSecondary School
MottoThe Pride, The Spirit.
"Hail Dear Old Northern"
FoundedSeptember 1930
School boardToronto District School Board
SuperintendentSandra Tondat
Area trusteeShelly Laskin
School number930768
PrincipalAdam Marshall[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment1,806 (Fall 2016)[2]
Colour(s)Red, Gold, and Blue             
MascotRed Knight
Team nameRed Knights
Website

Northern has long-standing rivalries with nearby high-school North Toronto Collegiate Institute and also with Central Technical School, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, York Mills Collegiate Institute and Leaside High School.

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HistoryEdit

Founded in 1930, it was originally known as Northern Vocational School[4], until the twenty-fifth anniversary when the name was changed to Northern Technical-Commercial, which lasted for three years until the present name, Northern Secondary School, came into use because a definite district had been assigned for matriculation students.

Northern was the first Ontario school to have a student council.[5] The school is a pilot site of a Toronto Police Service program that places on-duty police officers in schools.

On May 13, 2016 Northern received a security threat. It was alleged to be a bomb threat and was investigated by the Toronto Police Service.

ArchitectureEdit

Northern Secondary is built in the Collegiate Gothic style, has a floor space of about 121,317 square feet[6] and contains one hundred and fifteen rooms.[7] C.E.C. Dyson was the school's original architect.[8] Although little is known about him, he was the school board's architect from 1921 until 1949.[9] Northern is known for the grotesques which exist on the exterior, throughout the entrance foyer and inside the auditorium.

Further evidence of the Gothic Collegiate style can be found in the vaulted ceilings of the hallways, and the arched doorways and windows featured throughout the building. As stated on a plaque inside the main entrance, during the 60s a major addition was built which significantly altered the rear of the school. These renovations changed little about the original parts of the building. Although once grand, over the decades, the facility has fallen into considerable disrepair and is in need of extensive renovation.[10]

 
An exterior grotesque
 
A vaulted hallway ceiling
 
An arched side entrance
 
Northern Secondary School

AcademicsEdit

Northern's gifted program / enriched program and its comprehensive range of elective courses, including a diverse art department, bring students in from across the city. The school runs a selective admissions process, as well as optional attendance lotteries.[11] There is also a large variety of AP and gifted courses available at all grade levels.[12]

Each year, Northern's students obtain over $1 million in university scholarships.[13][14]

Northern's students have won numerous national & international awards in multiple academic disciplines. These include the NASA space settlement competition, the World Debates at Oxford, England, and the Canadian Association of Physicists national contest.[15] Northern debaters are also the current reigning OSDU provincial debate championships.

The school has over 50 active clubs, associations and committees, as well as over 120 teachers, resulting in a 15 to 1 student teacher ratio.[16]

SportsEdit

The school has over 50 varsity athletic teams.[17] Northern's football team, the Red Knights, have won numerous titles in Toronto's high school league (including two Metro Bowls, and the first Toronto Bowl). A number of top players have gone on to join the Canadian Football League.[18]

Numerous alumni of the school have also gone on[19] to play in the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the Israeli Premier League, as well as the Rugby World Cup.

In popular cultureEdit

The school has been used as a location for several films including Carrie (2013 film), as well as Jarvis Collegiate Institute, and Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which were filmed inside the school.[20] The academic decathlon scene of Billy Madison was filmed in the school's auditorium.[21] The 2009 documentary Fight for the Planet was also filmed at the school.[22]

Numerous commercials have also been filmed on the school's premises.

CharityEdit

Northern has a long history of supporting national & international charities, with over 40 years of participation in the United Way fundraisers for poverty alleviation. The school has been the top fundraiser amongst Toronto high schools for a number of years.[23]

Notable alumni and staffEdit

Alumni of the school include[24] one Academy Award winner, a member of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, holders of the Order of Canada, as well as Grey Cup & Stanley Cup champions, and a Spitfire pilot who played a key role in World War II's Stalag Luft III escape, better known as "The Great Escape."

Painter Lawren P. Harris taught at then Northern Vocational.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Secondary School (GR. 09-12)". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Northern Secondary School http://www.tdsb.on.ca/findyour/schools.aspx?schno=5620. Retrieved June 13, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19971112094925/http://www.tbe.toronto.on.ca/Secondary.htm
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "That first year….Northern Vocational School opens". NOVOC Yearbook, 1931. Northern Secondary School. Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  6. ^ "Northern Secondary School History That first year….Northern Vocational School opens From NOVOC Yearbook of 1931". Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2016.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Northern Secondary School History That first year….Northern Vocational School opens From NOVOC Yearbook of 1931". Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2016.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ Murray, Terry. "The "Handball Gods" of Northern Secondary School, Toronto". Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Murray, Terry. "The "Handball Gods" of Northern Secondary School, Toronto". Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Parent speaks out about 'state of disrepair' of son's school". CTV News Toronto. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-01-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2015-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2011-12-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-01-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2011-12-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-01-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2011-12-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Northern Secondary School Back on Track". NFLCFLFutures.com. CAnadian ONline Explorer. 2004-03-10. Archived from the original on 2004-05-04. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060519185611/http://www.northernsecondary.toronto.on.ca/community.html
  20. ^ https://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Northern+Secondary+School,+Toronto,+Ontario,+Canada
  21. ^ https://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Northern+Secondary+School,+Toronto,+Ontario,+Canada
  22. ^ https://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Northern+Secondary+School,+Toronto,+Ontario,+Canada
  23. ^ http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4286084-northern-secondary-school-sets-its-highest-united-way-fundraiser/
  24. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060519185611/http://www.northernsecondary.toronto.on.ca/community.html

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