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Humberside Collegiate Institute

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School type  High school
Superintendent  Tracy Hayhurst
Principal  Lorraine Linton
Number of students  1,133
Founded  1892
Area trustee  Robin Pilkey
Phone  +1 416-393-8122
Province  Ontario
Humberside Collegiate Institute

Motto  Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. (Happy is he who knows the causes of (reasons for) things.)
Address  280 Quebec Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 2V3, Canada
District  Toronto District School Board
Similar  Western Technical School, Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Runnyme Collegiate Institute, Ursula Franklin Academy, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

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Humberside Collegiate Institute is a public high school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It serves the Bloor West Village, Baby Point, High Park North and Junction neighbourhoods. Humberside was established in 1892 and has an academic program for students in grades 9 through 12. In addition to the regular curriculum, the school has a strong music program, as well as an Extended French and French Immersion program. It is a non-semestered school, meaning that the students take all eight of their classes through the entire academic year (with the exception of Civics/Careers in grade ten which switches in January, and the "double math" program, which switches from Advanced Functions in January to Calculus and Vectors).


Humberside's motto is "Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas", a Latin phrase from Virgil's work Georgics, meaning "Happy is the person who has been able to learn the reasons for things".


Humberside was established in 1892 as "Toronto Junction High School" in the basement of the local Presbyterian church. It moved to the current site in 1894 in the High Park area of Toronto, with the construction of a new building. In 1903, the school was renamed "Humberside Collegiate Institute", after a local street that runs west from Dundas Street West, past Keele Street to the school's main entrance. During World War I, many students lost their lives in battle. The front entrance is now a memorial to those who lost their lives, and for quite some time, it was not allowed to be used, until recently. Names were added to the memorial after World War II. The school's yearbook, Hermes, named for the Olympian god of the same name, was established in 1925. The student council was formed in 1931, and three decades later, the school held its first formal dance.

1966 saw major renovations to the school. A new north wing was opened, which houses the science laboratories. A new library was also constructed, as well as a new structure at the back which housed the (then) new auditorium, and music facilities. In 1972, Humberside became one of the first schools to introduce computers as part of the curriculum. Extended French and French Immersion programs were introduced in 1980 and 1983, respectively. Humberside celebrated its centennial in 1992. The school was used in the filming of the TV movie Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life in 2005.

In 2005, Mel Greif retired after thirty years of teaching history and geography. He won multiple awards for teaching, including the Jane Jacobs Prize and the Governor General's Award of Excellence.


The Senior Boys tennis team won the TDSSAA city championships in 2003 and 2004.

In 2006, the junior rugby team won the city championship undefeated.

The varsity football team made it to the TDSSAA Tier Two finals in 2007 for the first time in seven years. 2007 was also the year that the volleyball team went undefeated, winning the championship.

The Senior Boys' hockey team made it to the 2007-08 TDSSAA Tier I championship, losing to the Etobicoke Rams 8-1. The game was broadcast on Rogers Television.

The baseball team uses the fields at nearby High Park.

The 2008 football season will be the first time Humberside CI will have a junior football team in 11 years.

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2013, placed 3rd.

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2014, placed 1st

The Humberside girls soccer team went to OFSAA in 2015, placed 2nd

Notable alumni

  • J. P. Anderson Hockey player
  • Isabel Bassett Former chair of TVOntario, she previously taught at Humberside.
  • Samantha Bee Comedic actor and author, best known as a cast member on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • George Chuvalo Boxer, Canadian Amateur Heavyweight Champion, fought Muhammad Ali
  • Frederick J. Conboy Mayor of Toronto, 1941-44
  • Donald Creighton Historian
  • Henry Czerny Actor
  • Diego Fuentes Actor
  • Abby Hoffman Track and field athlete, represented Canada in 800-metre running in four Olympic Games: 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976, carrying the flag for Canada in 1976
  • Maris Martinsons Engineering scholar
  • Ali Mukaddam Actor
  • Raymond Souster Poet, Governor General's Award winner (The Colour of the Times) in 1964
  • Tibor Tak√°cs Director and producer
  • Jan Tennant Journalist (CBC, Global)
  • Peter Vronsky Author
  • References

    Humberside Collegiate Institute Wikipedia