Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Withrow Avenue Public School Junior
Photos and text by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2009
Plaque coordinates: 43.670642 -79.352177
The need for a new school for the Riverdale area became apparent just prior to the turn of the century. Having resolved to provide a school, the Toronto Board of Education approved the purchase of the school site on June 7, 1900. The location was on Withrow Avenue and the school was to bear the name of the avenue which received its name from John J. Withrow, former alderman and founder of the Canadian National Exhibition.
The oldest portion of the building was erected in 1901 and consisted of four rooms. Four additions were made to the building between the years 1906 and 1931 so that, at the time of replacement, the old school consisted of twenty-one classrooms, two kindergartens, exercise rooms, library, staff rooms, offices and a health room.
On October 31, 1968, the Toronto Board of Education nominated the replacement of Withrow Public School - Junior as a project under the Study of Educational Facilities programme to be included in the 1969 estimates. It was not, however, until January 4, 1971 that the replacement became an active project.
Construction commenced on August 5, 1971 and the cornerstone was laid by trustee Graham F. Scott on May 24, 1972. The new building was first occupied by students on June 26, 1972 and formally opened on November 16, 1972.
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