Vincent Massey Junior School

Vincent Massey Junior School (Vincent Massey JS, VMJS or Massey), formerly Daisy Avenue Public School is located at 68 Daisy Avenue in the Long Branch area of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. This school has kindergarten through grade five. The property was owned by the Toronto District School Board and was sold to a developer in 2017.[1]

Vincent Massey Junior School
Vincent Massey Junior School in 2009
68 Daisy Avenue

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Coordinates43°35′52″N 79°31′42″W / 43.59777°N 79.52836°W / 43.59777; -79.52836
Other namesVincent Massey Day School and Child Care
Vincent Massey Day School
Former nameDaisy Avenue Public School (1929–1964)
School typePublic Elementary school
StatusProperty school, building partially demolished (1963-1964 addition)
School boardToronto District School Board
(Etobicoke Board of Education)
OversightToronto Lands Corporation
SuperintendentSandra Tondat
Area trusteePatrick Nunziata
Ward 3

Overview edit

Opened in 1929 as Daisy Avenue Public School by the Etobicoke School Board Section 12,[2][3] and the Collegiate Gothic building designed by architect George Roper Gouinlock. The school had two additions in 1955 to the east and 1963–64 to the west (designed by Murray, Brown and Elton). That same year, Daisy Avenue received its name Vincent Massey Junior School until its closure in 1983 by the Etobicoke Board of Education.[4] The older children go to neighbouring James S. Bell Middle School and New Toronto Secondary School.

The property was owned by the Toronto District School Board, now under Toronto Lands Corporation and was sold in 2015.[1][5] Since 1985, Vincent Massey Academy occupies the building as a Private, Reggio Inspired Education for children from infant to grade three. In 2014, Vincent Massey Academy opened their second campus located at 432 Horner Ave, in the Alderwood area of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. This campus offers program for children from infant to preschool. The gym on the west side was demolished (site now a parking area and walkway for 80 Daisy Avenue) with the 1955 east addition and the original building preserved. The school yard on the north side was redeveloped into townhouses.

The school is named after Vincent Massey, former Governor General of Canada, one of several across Canada:

In popular culture edit

The school was used to depict the fictional eponymous school featured in the 1987-1989 CBC teen drama Degrassi Junior High. In the series finale, the school burns down, but this was achieved using visual effects. The school also appears in the movie The Last Detail.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 68 Daisy Avenue" (PDF). City of Toronto. February 28, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "TOBuilt: Detailed Structure Information". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  3. ^ "The unofficial DeGrassi website".
  4. ^ [dead link]
  5. ^ "School Lands Property Acquisition Framework and Funding Strategy Follow-up Report" (PDF). August 3, 2010.