Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute

Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute (Birchmount Park CI, BPCI, or Birchmount Park) is a high school located in Scarborough, a part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It operates under the Scarborough Board of Education with the latter board merged into the present Toronto District School Board. The school sits atop the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario and Birchmount Park itself.

Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute
Address

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Canada
Coordinates43°41′52″N 79°15′35″W
Information
School typePublic, high school
MottoLatin: Vertias Omnia Vincit
(Truth Conquers All)
Founded1964
School boardToronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
School districtSouth-east
SuperintendentDaniel Davidson
Area trusteeParthi Kandvel
School number4118 / 895016
AdministratorBeatrice Kay
PrincipalEllen Austrom
Grades9-12
Enrollment982 (2014-15)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Colour(s)Blue, Gold, Black and White                 
MascotPanther
Team nameBirchmount Park Panthers
Websiteschools.tdsb.on.ca/birchmount/

History

To provide additional crowds in the southern Scarborough community, Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute was constructed in May 1963 and accepted by the Scarborough Board of Education in July 1964. The school, as the tenth collegiate, opened its doors on September 8, 1964 with its first principal, John H. Edwards. The structure of the 1900-pupil school were designed by architects Sidney Bregman and George Hamann. Prior to the opening, the students in the area previously attended nearby collegiates such as R.H. King, Midland, and W. A. Porter as well as Malvern in the eastern end of Toronto.

Birchmount Park's Adult Re-Entry program for the Scarborough Board of Education was established in November 1977 with one teacher and fifteen students that evolved into Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies in September 1986 opened at Tabor Park Vocational School on Midland Avenue.

The school became a movie feature of the 1986 film Youngblood and 2003 film How to Deal as well as the 2004 film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Overview

Facilities

Birchmount Park Collegiate is located in a 9.057 acre site. The structure is combined with load-bearing walls and steel-frame construction as well as window area reduced to save costs (although the design bear resemblance to Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts).

The 181,114 square foot campus has 22 classrooms, lecture room, music room, drama room, six science labs, art room, home economics room, a library, three gymnasia (that can be partitioned into smaller gyms), a weight room, 1045-seated auditorium built in a style of a theatre, cafeteria with kitchen, administrative and guidance offices, and technical shops for electrical, automotive, carpentry and metal. Attached to Birchmount Park is Birchmount Stadium with the 400m race track and sports field with artificial turf.

Athletics

The school started the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program (BEAP) in September 1989, Two classes from the BEAP program were among the 12 courses cancelled at this school in 2019 due to funding cuts.[1]

Notable alumni

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