Scarborough Board of Education Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Board_of_Education

The Board of Education for the City of Scarborough
District 16
Scarborough Board of Education.svg
140 Borough Drive
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
M1P 4N6
District information
ClosedDecember 31, 1997
School board14 trustees + 3 separate school representatives
Chair of the boardGaye Dale
Director of educationEarl G. Campbell
District IDSBE
Students and staff
Students81,000 (1996)
Staff8,300 (1996)
Corporate logo.
The TDSB East Education Office in the Scarborough Civic Centre; formerly housed the offices of SBE.

The Scarborough Board of Education (SBE, commonly known as School District 16), formally the Board of Education for the City of Scarborough is the former public-secular school district serving Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The board was founded in 1954 through a merger of the Scarborough Collegiate and Township School Boards.

As of 1996, the SBE had served over 81,000 students and 8,300 employed staff. It was the largest school board in the former Metro Toronto.[1]

In 1998, the SBE was merged into the Toronto District School Board.[2] The former SBE offices in Borough Drive. remain in use today by the TDSB as the East Education Office.


Scarborough's first schools were built in Hough's Corners, West Hill, Woburn, L'Amoreaux and Finch /McCowan. Later in 1914, three more schools in Southwest Scarborough, Scarborough Village and Agincourt were built.[3]

In need for secondary education, Agincourt Continuation School was established in 1915 in the elementary school building while senior grades were done in Markham District High School. However, by 1919, many students in south Scarborough had attended Malvern Collegiate Institute in East Toronto, which became a reality in 1922 when Scarboro High School opened its doors with classic specialist Dr. Reginald H. King as principal, three teachers and 116 pupils.[3]

By the early 1940s the public school inspector for Scarborough, H. A. Halbert, initiated a movement to amalgamate these small school sections to form Township School Areas known as the Scarborough Township Public School Board, each with a Board of five Trustees, which would be better able to meet Scarborough's modern educational needs.[3] Between 1944 and 1947, the township board was divided into three areas:

  • Area 1: Southwest Scarborough (School sections 10, 12, 13, 15)
  • Area 2: Central Scarborough (School sections 7, 8, 9, 16 – Area 6 joined in 1953)
  • Area 3: North Scarborough (School sections 5 and 14)

Towards the end of 1953, there were 32 schools with 13,227 students and 356 teaching staff.[3]

On January 1, 1954, The Collegiate and Township Boards merged into the new Scarborough Board of Education. Dr. King, the principal of Scarborough C.I. became the first Director of Education.[3] As the architecture of these new schools was simple, functional and unpretentious, the earlier models were sometimes subject to criticism as bearing too close a resemblance to long, low factory buildings. However, as school succeeded school, their style and appearance was progressively improved. In some of the more recent buildings marks of beauty and distinction have begun to emerge. Indeed, to the eyes of older Scarborough residents accustomed to the bare little brick schoolhouses of the rural period, the latest modern school buildings of gleaming glass, steel, and brick are most impressive temples of learning. To attractive well-lighted classrooms have been added new features: beautiful kindergarten classrooms with radiant heating in the floors, libraries, manual training and household science rooms, rooms for nurses and teachers, spacious dual purpose gymnasiums and auditoriums with stages, and modern equipment such as motion picture projectors, tape recorders and even television sets. Many children are also transported daily to school in school buses; which ends the era of the day of the long walk to school in wind and rain, snow, mud and dust conditions.[3]

With overcrowding at Scarborough Collegiate Institute and Agincourt High School, they were incapable of coping with the crowds of students seeking secondary education.[3] This led to the construction of its third high school Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute, named after Winston Churchill, on Kennedy and Lawrence in the Dorset Park area on December 4, 1953, with the first 657 pupils admitted on September 7, 1954.[3] One year later, West Hill Collegiate Institute on Morningside Avenue in West Hill opened on September 6, 1955, to 376 students.[3] That year it was also necessary to enlarge Agincourt Collegiate Institute by the addition of seventeen rooms and a gymnasium.

Then followed in rapid succession the building of four more great secondary schools to meet the need for accommodation for 1,200 more students each year. In 1958, W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute –whose school named after the science master and assistant principal of Scarborough's first High School for many years from its opening in 1922 – was completed on Fairfax Crescent in the Clairlea district. To it was later added a notable new feature, an indoor swimming pool, the first of its kind in Scarborough. In 1959, the David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, a 1,200 pupil school costing $1,728,400.00, was constructed on Lawrence Avenue a short distance west of the first settler's home in the forests of 1796.[3]

Next in 1960, the SBE's most ambitious venture in secondary education, the huge Cedarbrae Secondary School, was built at a cost of over $3,500,000.00, on the hillside overlooking the site of Peter Secor's grist mill of 1830, on the west side of the Markham Road. Designed as a composite school, it offered a wide variety of courses, Arts and Science, Commercial, Technical and Trades; and it included well equipped vocational shops, gymnasiums, swimming pool, auditorium with professionally lighted and curtained stage, and numerous other modern school facilities. The school was opened in September 1961. However, its eighth composite secondary school, Midland Avenue Secondary School opened in 1962. Like Cedarbrae, the school was equipped with an auditorium with seats, large rounded circular cafeteria, triple gymnasium, swimming pool and several commercial and technical shops.[3]

The combined enrollment of 11,470 students and a staff of 526 teachers in eight collegiate institutes and the construction of yet more schools was in progress. On Ellesmere and Markham the basic high steel framework and long brick walls of the great new Woburn Collegiate Institute were rising behind the little red brick schoolhouse of 1863, from whose belfry had rung the call to classes that took generations of pupils from the farms of School Section No.6. The new Woburn C.I. admitted its first students the next autumn; and on Midland Avenue and Lawrence, Bendale Vocational School, planned especially for the benefit of students who normally drop out of school before completing Grade 12 or even 10, was also opened in 1963. The next year, 1964, Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, built on the ridge overlooking Birch Cliff – which was once the shore of Lake Iroquois in ancient glacial times – and is attached to Birchmount Stadium, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute (formerly O'Sullivan Secondary) on Pharmacy Avenue north of Sheppard, were completed.

Above the great bluffs towering up from the lake at Guildwood Village, where land once sold for six York shillings or seventy-five cents an acre in 1803, the Board of Education acquired fourteen and one-fifth acres at a cost of $303,700 for another school, and there the building of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute was begun in the latter part of 1964. At the beginning of 1965, on Midland Avenue north of Eglinton, the walls of the Tabor Park Vocational School, named after one of Scarborough's early schoolmasters, were built up to the second story; and work on the new Wexford Collegiate Institute on Pharmacy Avenue north of Lawrence was well advanced. There were now 15,000 students enrolled in Scarborough's secondary schools, and 761 teachers on the staff.[3]

The SBE in September 1968, found itself responsible for the education of about 78,000 students, enrolled in more than 100 elementary and secondary schools. Some schools were surrounded by as many as 10 and 12 portables, and the total number of such temporary classrooms in use was 257. But while called on to wrestle continually with the accommodation issue, a building programme which never quite catches up with the spiralling growth of the Borough, and a budget requiring a tax levy of nearly 40 million dollars, the Board of 1968 still finds time to escape from the rut of routine business and explore new ground. Under the far-sighted leadership of its chairman, Muriel A. Clarke, and the dynamic Director of Education, Anson S. Taylor, the Board introduced a concept of new tri-level system of together with a Secondary School on a common campus. One such campus is now in operation in the Bendale Secondary School area; and a yet more imaginatively conceived three-school community was under construction on the Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute site on Birchmount Road north of Sheppard Avenue as well as Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute on Lawrence and Centennial in Rouge Park. Both schools were opened in 1970. Its keen interest in training for young people unable to progress academically beyond public school still continues; and another well equipped Vocational School, three and a half million dollar Maplewood Vocational School, was opened in 1968 despite a year delay on Galloway Road in West Hill. However, in 1966, Sir Robert L. Borden Secondary School opened its doors.[3]

By the beginning of the 1970s, the Scarborough community began to develop. In 1973, L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, located near School Section No. 1, was built on Warden and Finch and designed by Raymond Moriyama. The school was built with a forum and cafetorium in place of the auditorium to save costs. By 1976, Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute was opened on Finch and McCowan. This was followed by the three-level Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in 1978 in the Malvern district and its final collegiate Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute, on the Warden/Steeles area, was opened in 1979. Meanwhile, two more technical schools, Timothy Eaton Secondary School, named after Timothy Eaton was opened on Finch and Warden in 1971 and Sir William Osler Vocational School was opened on Huntingwood and Midland in Agincourt in 1975.

As of 1985, there were over 160 elementary schools and 25 secondary schools.

In the first of its kind in Scarborough, inspired by George S. Henry Academy, the SBE had converted R. H. King Collegiate Institute into R. H. King Academy in September 1989. The new academy functioned as a quasi-private school enrolling students from out of area and the school featured clinics, mentorships and mandatory school uniforms.

In 1992, the SBE and the Centennial College made a deal to establish an adult education centre, the Scarborough Career Planning Centre, at the Centennial College.[4] In 1994 the entities agreed to establish the centre there beginning in the fall of that year.[5]

Plans were made to conduct the Scarborough Alternative For Educating Troubled Youths (SAFETY) program in 1994. The program was designed for students with twenty-day suspensions, the maximum period possible, in the former Highbrook Senior Public School facility. Community protests put these plans on hold and were never materialized.[6] Currently, the SAFETY program was later evolved into the TDSB's Caring and 'Safe School' programs.

On December 31, 1997, the SBE, as with the other school boards in Metro Toronto, was dissolved. The board was merged into the new Toronto District School Board the following year.


The Scarborough Board of Education, at its peak, had 14 elected trustees with three delegates from the Metropolitan Separate School Board as of 1985.

Following provincial legislation directing amalgamation of the Scaborough Board with the other boards making up the old Metro Toronto School Board (Toronto, North York, East York, Etobicoke and Scarborough) the last meeting of the SBE was held on November 27, 1997, chaired by Mrs. Gaye Dale, Trustee of Scarborough Ward 1 and chairman of the board.


Scarborough's schools were built from the 1940s to 1960s. Older 19th- and 20th-century school houses were demolished to make way for large buildings as the area grew.

On the north end of the city schools were built from the 1960s to 1980s.

At one time the board operated educational programs for Francophone students. The Conseil des écoles françaises de la communauté urbaine de Toronto (CEFCUT) assumed control of French-language education in the Toronto area on 1 December 1988.[7]

Elementary schools[edit]

Junior Public Schools (and mixed)[edit]

From 1968 to 1980s, many existing Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools were redesignated as Junior Public School, targeting pupils ages 4 to 12 from kindergarten to grade 6 only.

Name Opened Notes Image
Donwood Park Public School 1956
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1968 to 2013.
Donwood Park Junior Public School.jpg
Walter Perry Junior Public School 1954
  • Named after community leader William Walter Perry.[8]
Walter Perry Junior Public School.JPG
Iroquois Junior Public School 1969
  • Located near Iroquois Park.

North Brimwood Junior Public School

  • Named after the North Brimwood community it is located in.
North Brimwood Junior Public School.jpg
Norman Cook Junior Public School 1953
  • Named for local settler and school district trustee (1931–1943) Norman Cook.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Norman Cook Junior Public School.JPG
St. Andrews Public School 1959 St. Andrew's Public School.jpg
Anson S. Taylor Public School 1977
  • Named for SBE Director of Education (1957–1977) Anson S. Taylor (d. 2007).[10]
John A Leslie Public School 1923
  • Formerly known as Midland Avenue Public School c. 1923
  • Former Township of Scarborough school
  • Renamed in 1950 for former York East MPP (1945–1948) John A. Leslie (d. 1965)[11]
John A. Leslie Public School.jpg
Terry Fox Public School 1981
  • Named after Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox.
Hillside Public School 1855
  • Began as S.S. # 12 in 1853.
  • Current building from 1872.[12]
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Building was moved, modified and became Outdoor education centre 1975.
Oakridge Junior Public School 1967
  • Replaced the original Oakridge c.1895 (Began as S.S. # 10 in Scarboro Junction c. 1850)
  • Rebuilt 1870 and 1900.[13]
West Rouge Junior Public School 1954
  • Transferred from Ontario County Board of Education (now Durham District School Board) 1974 when West Rouge was transferred from Township of Durham to Borough of Scarborough
William G Davis Junior Public School 1967
  • Transferred from Ontario County Board of Education in 1974 when West Rouge was transferred from Township of Durham to Borough of Scarborough.
  • Named for then Minister of Education (and later Premier) William Grenville Davis.
Centennial Road Junior Public School 1946
Charlottetown Junior Public School 1967
Chester Le Public School 1972
Fairglen Public School 1966
Beverly Glen Junior Public School 1972
David Lewis Public School 1990
  • Named for politician, federal NDP Leader and York South MP (1962–1971) David Lewis (1909–1981).
Brookmill Boulevard Public School 1975
Bridlewood Public School 1966
  • Named after the Bridlewood community it is located in.
Timberbank Public School 1969
Pauline Johnson Public School 1969
Kennedy Public School 1988
  • Named after settler Kennedy family (likely settler and soldier John Kennedy).
Silver Springs Public School 1975
  • Located in the area covered by former S.S. #1 – L'Amoreaux c. 1847.[14]
Highland Heights Public School 1967
  • Named after the Highland Heights community it is located in.
Port Royal Public School 1992
Milliken Public School 1982
  • Named after the Milliken ( settled by Norman Milliken 1807) community it is located in.
  • First Milliken school serving area was S.S. #2 at McCowan Road and Finch Avenue (burned down 1851 and rebuilt in 1853).
  • School became A.P. Wheler and closed in 1968.
  • From 1929 to 1954 second Milliken or Union Public School was built in Markham (Midland Avenue and Steeles Avenue) and served both Markham and Scarborough.
  • Second school demolished with front facade now incorporated into condominium building.
Alexmuir Public School 1973
Chartland Public School 1968
North Agincourt Public School 1957
  • Named after the North Agincourt community it is located in.
C.D. Farquharson Junior Public School 1954
  • Named after Dr Charles D. Farquharson, Chief Medical Officer for Scarborough 1921–1964.
C.D. Farquharson Junior Public School.jpg
Agnes MacPhail Public School 1980–1981
  • Named after politician (York East MPP 1943–1945/1948-1951 and Grey Bruce/Grey Southeast MP 1921–1940) Agnes MacPhail (1890–1954)
Macklin Public School 1988
Tom Longboat Public School 1978
Malvern Public School 1977
  • Named after the Malvern community it is located in.
Heritage Park Public School 1994
Alexander Stirling Public School 1984
Berner Trail Public School 1973
  • Named for C.H. Berner Public School c. 1872 (S.S. #3) and built on C.H. Berner's farmland.
  • Berner was S.S. #6 school trustee.
  • Original school house now used by Whitefield Christian School.
Grey Owl Public School 1975
  • Named after British conservationist Grey Owl
Emily Carr Public School 1980
Fleming Public School 1990
  • Built on Andrew Fleming farm
Maryvale Public School 1955
Wexford Public School 1951[15]
  • Named after the Wexford community it is located in.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Linked to S.S. #8 opened in Wexford area or Hough's Corners c. 1847.[16]
Wexford Public School.jpg
Vradenburg Public School 1955
  • School built on Ichabod Vradenburg (1815–1892) farm
Buchanan Public School 1954 Built on land farmed by Buchanan family c. 1830. Buchanan Public School.jpg
Manhattan Park Junior Public School 1956
  • Named after an adjacent park.
  • Opened as a Kindergarten to Grade 5 school, Grade 6 was added in the 1960s.
Manhattan Park Junior Public School.jpg
George Peck Public School 1955
  • Named after school trustee and Scarborough Centre MPP George Peck.
George Peck Public School.jpg
Inglewood Heights Public School 1956
  • Named after the Inglewood Heights community it is located in.
Lynngate Public School 1960
Ellesmere Junior Public School 1951
  • Formerly designated as a Junior Public School from 1973 to 1985.[17]
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Earlier school Ellesmere (S.S. #5) was built at Ellesmere Road and Midland Road in 1848, then moved to north side of Ellesmere west of Kennedy Road in 1871 (burned down 1946).[18]
Ellesmere Junior Public School.jpg
Dorset Park Public School 1954
  • Named after the Dorset Park community it is located in.
Dorset Park Public School.JPG
General Crerar Public School 1954[19] General Crerar Public School.JPG
Ionview Public School 1953
  • Named after the Ionview community it is located in. * Former Township of Scarborough school.
Ionview Public School.jpg
Lord Roberts Junior Public School 1958 Lord Roberts Junior Public School.jpg
Hunter's Glen Junior Public School 1956[20] Hunter's Glen Junior Public School.jpg
Glen Ravine Junior Public School 1956 Glen Ravine Jr. PS.jpg
Edgewood Public School 1958
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1968 to 1985.[21]
Edgewood Junior Public School.jpg
Knob Hill Public School 1956
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1969 to 2011.
Knob Hill Public School.jpg
McCowan Road Junior Public School 1954
  • Named after nearby McCowan Road.
  • TDSB closed the school in 2011.
McCowan Rd. Jr. PS - EE Scarborough Sud 2013.jpg
Pringdale Gardens Junior Public School 1963
  • Built on the Pring family farm.[22]
  • Closed and school demolished in 2013–14.
  • Site now a housing a sub-division.
Pringdale Gardens Junior Public School.jpg
Cedarbrook Public School 1958
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1969 to 2011.[23]
Cedarbrook Public School.JPG
White Haven Public School 1968
Bendale Junior Public School 1957
  • Named after the Bendale community it is located in.
Bendale Junior Public School.jpg
North Bendale Junior Public School 1960
  • Named after the North Bendale community it is located in.
North Bendale Junior Public School.jpg
Bellmere Junior Public School 1965 Bellmere Junior Public School.jpg
William Tredway Junior Public School 1956
  • Named after settler family Tredway.
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1968 to 2015.[25]
  • Merged with J.S. Woodsworth in 2015.
William Tredway Junior Public School.jpg
Woburn Junior Public School 1964[26]
  • Replaced original Woburn school near Woburn C.I.(formerly S.S. # 6 c. 1863)
Woburn Junior Public School.jpg
Churchill Heights Public School 1957 Churchill Heights Public School.jpg
Golf Road Junior Public School 1953 Golf Road Junior Public School.JPG
Cornell Junior Public School 1954
  • Named for settler Cornell family.
Cornell Junior Public School.JPG
Willow Park Junior Public School 1964 Willow Park Junior Public School.jpg
Heather Heights Junior Public School 1959
  • The Ben Heppner Vocal Music Academy opened in 2012, for grades 4 to 8.
  • Named after Ben Heppner.
Heather Heights Junior Public School.jpg
George B. Little Public School 1957 George B. Little Public School.jpg
Burrows Hall Public School 1974
  • Named for Burrows Hall meeting place.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Public School 1970s (~1972)
Brooks Road Public School 1970
Military Trail Public School 1970
  • Named for historic road Military Trail.
Military Trail Public School.jpg
St. Margaret's Public School 1972
Galloway Road Public School 1958 Named for local Galloway.
Eastview Public School 1955
Morrish Public School 1989–1990
  • Named after local Morrish family.
Highland Creek Public School 1918
  • Began as S.S. #7 1851 and rebuilt 1878.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Current school has additions added 1949, 1951–52, 1955, 1960–62.
West Hill Public School 1994
  • Built to replace original school c. 1878.
Heron Park Public School 1949
  • Named for Heron family farm. * Former Township of Scarborough school.
Peter Secor Public School 1962
William G Miller Public School 1959
  • Named for school trustee William G. Miller.
John G. Diefenbaker Public School 1980–1981
Meadowvale Public School 1953
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Addition added 1970.
Rouge Valley Public School 1992
Regent Heights Public School 1921
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1971 to 2009.[28]
  • Formerly known as Regent's Park Public School.
Regent Heights Public School.jpg
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Warden Avenue Public School 1952
  • Renamed to Taylor Creek Public School in 2017.
  • Formerly linked to nearby Wardin Park residential development c. 1912.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Warden Avenue Public School.jpg
General Brock Public School 1956 General Brock Public School.jpg
Danforth Gardens Public School 1957
Birch Cliff Public School 1916
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Additions in 1919, 1922, 1951, 1953, and 1955.
Birch Cliff Heights Public School 1922
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Corvette Junior Public School 1954 Named for Royal Canadian Navy's Flower-class corvettes from WWII Corvette Junior Public School.jpg
J. G. Workman Public School 1949 J.G. Workman Public School.JPG
Cliffside Public School 1952
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Chine Drive Public School 1956 Chine Drive Public School.jpg
H.A. Halbert Junior Public School 1951
  • Named after school inspector. * Former Township of Scarborough school.
H.A. Halbert Junior Public School.jpg
Fairmount Public School 1951
  • Formerly designated as Junior Public School from 1973 to 2011.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
Fairmount Public School.jpg
Mason Road Junior Public School 1957 Mason Park Junior Public School.jpg
Anson Park Public School 1959 Anson Park Public School.jpg
Cedar Drive Junior Public School 1970 Cedar Drive Junior Public School.jpg
George P Mackie Public School 1954
  • Named for school trustee George P. Mackie.
Elizabeth Simcoe Public School 1963
Guildwood Village Public School 1959
Poplar Road Public School 1960
Courcelette Public School 1958
  • Replaced S.S. #13 c. 1911 as Chester Avenue PS.
  • Renamed 1917 as Courcelette Road Public School after Battle of Courcelette with additions added in 1919, 1951.
  • Renamed 1959 with Road dropped.
Thomas L. Wells Public School 2005 Thomas Wells PS.JPG
Brookside Public School 2007
  • Post-amalgamation elementary school.
Brookside PS.JPG
Alvin Curling Public School 2013
  • Post-amalgamation elementary school.
  • Named after Jamaican-born politician and diplomat Alvin Curling.
Harold R. Lawson School 1963–1964
  • Intellectual disability school run with Metro Toronto School Board.
  • Closed by TDSB in 2001 and sold to Community Living Toronto in 2009.
Harold Lawson School.jpg

Senior Public Schools[edit]

In 1967, the SBE introduced a concept known as "Senior Public School", which were middle schools serving children ages 12 to 14 from grades 7 and 8. To date, only 16 middle schools were built. The amenities each school had one double gymnasium (with or without stages), cafetoriums or cafeterias, science labs, lockers and shops.

The concept was abandoned in the 1980s and future schools were simply changed to K-8 schools instead.

Name Opened Notes Image
Bliss Carman Senior Public School 1973 Named after poet Bliss Carman. Bliss Carman Senior Public School.jpg
Charles Gordon Senior Public School 1970 Named for author Charles William Gordon Charles Gordon Senior Public School.JPG
Dr Marion Hillard Senior Public School 1978 Named after physician Dr Anna Marion Hilliard
Henry Hudson Senior Public School 1971 Named after English explorer Henry Hudson Henry Hudson Senior Public School.jpg
Henry Kelsey Senior Public School 1971 Named for fur trader Henry Kelsey Henry Kelsey Senior Public School exterior, October 2018 (2).jpg
Highbrook Senior Public School 1968

Closed 1980s and used as ASE and Highbrook Learning Centre / SCAS.

  • Re-opened in 2013 as an extension to Donwood Park
Highbrook Senior Public School.JPG
J. S. Woodsworth Senior Public School 1968
  • Named after labour leader J. S. Woodsworth.
  • Merged with William Tredway in 2015.
J.S. Woodsworth Senior Public School.jpg
J.B. Tyrell Senior Public School 1973 Named after geologist Joseph Tyrrell
Jack Miner Senior Public School 1970 Named after naturalist and conservationist
John McCrae Senior Public School 1969
  • Named after poet and military officer John McCrae
  • Brutalist architecture
  • Became K-8 school in 2011.
John McCrae PS.jpg
Joseph Brant Senior Public School 1969
  • Named after First Nations leader Joseph Brant. Converted to K-8 school in 2012.
Joseph Howe Senior Public School 1977
  • Named for Joseph Howe, former Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor, Premier and MLA.
  • Transferred from Ontario County Board of Education in 1974 when West Rouge was transferred from Township of Durham to Borough of Scarborough.
Robert Service Senior Public School 1971 Named after poet Robert Service Robert Service Senior Public School.jpg
Samuel Hearne Senior Public School 1971 Named after explorer Samuel Hearne Samuel Hearne Senior Public School.jpg
Scarborough Village Senior Public School 1861 as S.S. No. 9
  • Replaced in 1913 with a new structure.
  • Former Township of Scarborough school.
  • Designated as Senior Public School in 1970 operating from Grades 7 and 8 only.
  • Reopened in 1974 as a K-8 alternative school.
  • Rebuilt in 1997–98.
Scarborough Village Public School.jpg
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Senior Public School 1972 Named for explorer Alexander Mackenzie Sir Alexander Mackenzie Senior Public School, 2017Sep17.jpg
Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School 1981 Named after Ernest MacMillan
Tecumseh Senior Public School 1968 Named for Tecumseh Tecumseh Senior Public School.JPG
Wendell Statton Senior Public School 1973
  • Building attached with Ellesmere Jr. P.S.
  • Merged with Ellesmere Jr.
Ellesmere-Statton Public School back, October 2018 (3).jpg

Secondary schools[edit]


Collegiate institutes[edit]

Name Opened Notes Image
Agincourt Collegiate Institute 1915 Formerly Agincourt Continuation/High School Agincourt Collegiate Institute.JPG
Alternative Scarborough Education 1 1975 Shared space with St. Andrews PS
Delphi Secondary Alternative School 1981 Alternative Scarborough Education 2 – located a Chartland PS
Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute 1979 named after surgeon Dr Norman Bethune
Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute 1964
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute 1976
  • Named after Reeve of Scarborough.
  • Built near old A.P. Wheeler Public School (former School Section #2) now Woodside Square after McCowan Road realignment.
Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute 1961 Cedarbrae CI.jpg
Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute 1954 Named after British PM Winston Churchill CI.jpg
R. H. King Academy 1922
  • Previously known R.H. King Collegiate Institute and Scarborough High School/Collegiate.
  • Named after Reginald Harold King (1896–1962), founding director of the Scarborough Board of Education.
R.H. King Collegiate Institute.jpg
L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute 1973 Named for settler family
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute 1965 Named for former PM Wilfrid Laurier
Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute 1970 Named for writer Stephen Leacock
Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute 1964 Named after former PM John A. Macdonald
Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute 1962 Closed 2000 and became Bond Academy until 2010 Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute.JPG
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute 1970 Named for former Premier Oliver Mowat
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute 1978 Named for former PM Lester B. Pearson
W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute 1958
  • Named after educator William Arnot Porter
W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute.JPG
Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies 1986 Moved to former Midland CI site 2010
David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute 1959 David and Mary Thomson CI.jpg
David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute (2).jpg
West Hill Collegiate Institute 1955 West Hill CI.jpg
Wexford Collegiate Institute 1965
Woburn Collegiate Institute 1963 Woburn Collegiate Institute (2).jpg
South East Year Round Alternative Centre 2005
  • Post-amalgamation secondary school.
  • Housed at Midland.

Vocational schools[edit]

The SBE operated six vocational secondary schools that are not classified as regular collegiates. Three schools offered general and basic courses as Business and Technical Institute (formerly Secondary School) while the other three offered basic level courses in a special education level branded as High School (previously known as Vocational School).

Two facilities that have other unique features such as Bendale (swimming pool) and Tabor Park (child care).

Name Opened Notes Image
Bendale Secondary School 1963
  • Formerly Bendale Vocational School (1963–1965) and renamed to Bendale B.T.I. (1965–1987)
  • Swimming pool
Bendale Business and Technical Institute.JPG
Maplewood Vocational School 1967
  • Renamed to Maplewood High School
Maplewood High School.JPG
Sir Robert L. Borden Secondary School 1966
  • Renamed to Sir Robert L. Borden B.T.I. in 1987.
Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute.JPG
Sir William Osler Vocational School 1975
  • Renamed to Sir William Osler High School
Sir William Osler High School.JPG
Tabor Park Vocational School 1965 Tabor Park Vocational School.JPG
Timothy Eaton Secondary School 1971
  • Renamed to Timothy Eaton B.T.I. in 1987.
  • Built in a farmland owned by Timothy Eaton
  • Closed in 2009, sold as two parcels in 2012.
Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute.JPG

Core holdings and leased schools[edit]

Three former SBE have been lease out:

  • In 1989, the then Scarborough Board of Education leased Tabor Park Vocation School (High School) to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) and now operates as Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School.
  • McCowan Road Junior Public School opened 1954 was closed in 2011 and is leased out to UMC High School.[31] It was previously occupied by Wali Ur Asr Islamic School
  • Gooderham Public School (1955–1999) is now Gooderham Adult Learning Centre via leased to the City of Toronto

Directors of Education[edit]

  • Reginald H. King (1896–1962) 1954–1960 <ref.Scarborough Archives>
  • Anson S. Taylor (1918–2007) 1961–1977 <ref.Scarborough Archives>
  • Bill Parish (1924–2018) 1977–1982 <ref.Scarborough Archives>
  • Pat McLoughlin 1982–1986 <ref.Scarborough Archives>
  • Cameron A. Cowan 1986–1992 <ref. Scarborough Archives>
  • Earl G. Campbell 1992–1998 <Scarborough Archives>


The board's administrative offices were located at 140 Borough Drive within the Scarborough Civic Centre and operations out of a building at 2466 Eglinton Avenue East (northside of Eglinton and west of Midland Avenue, but sold and replaced by Rainbow Village condos in 1990. Buses and board vehicles were later stored on McLevin Avenue (McGriskin). The administrative offices remain in use today by the Toronto District School Board.

Prior to 1973, the board office was also located at Scarborough Municipal Offices at 2100 Eglinton Avenue near Birchmount Road (built after World War II now demolished and site of parking lot).

The board operated a fleet of their own school buses, similar to the Toronto Board of Education and Board of Education of North York and were stored at 2466 Eglinton Avenue East site.

Hillside Outdoor Education Centre, formerly Hillside PS (SS No 4), was used for outdoor education programs and located near Rouge Park and still used as such by the TDSB.


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