Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
Scarborough High School
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2007
At the very east end of St. Clair Avenue East at Kingston Road underneath this arch is this 1977 Scarborough Historical Society plaque which tells us about the school:
Plaque coordinates: 43.722149 -79.237180
In 1919, a Board of Trustees was appointed to establish a high school in the southern portion of the Township of Scarborough. 3 hectares were purchased from the Pherrill Estate for $14,000 and on June 29, 1922, the cornerstone was laid for the new building. The school was not ready until November, but classes began September 6 in Birch Cliff Congregational Church, with classics specialist Reginald H. King as principal, three other teachers and 116 students. In January, 1930, the school became a Collegiate Institute. Over the years, the growing population necessitated many additions and improvements to the original building. When a Board of Education serving all of Scarborough was set up in 1954 with Dr. King as director, the school was re-named "R.H. King Collegiate Institute". No longer adequate to serve the needs of modern education, the older sections, with the exception of this entrance arch, were demolished in 1976.
> Posted April 8, 2012
I think it's a wonderful idea to incorporate parts of original buildings into their replacements. The arch is strikingly beautiful.
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