Not paint over the murals in Thornlea Secondary School
  • Petitioned Thornlea Secondary School Administration

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Thornlea Secondary School Administration
Ken Thurston
Susan Geller

Not paint over the murals in Thornlea Secondary School

    1. Petition by

      Thornlea Students

June 2013


From Petition Creator: Some of the murals are being saved! While a specific number has not been committed to, all murals will be photographed, published in a Thornlea book, and be sent to the YRDSB archives. Everyone's hard work was recognized. No, not all will be saved, but that's what a compromise is, folks. The school is moving forwards, they value the voice that we have, and the history and that is what is most important.

Thornlea secondary school is an older institution. Recently an initiaive to paint over the murals in the hallways has begun. These murals are student art, and are what give Thornlea it's character and beauty. Thornlea was built without windows in most classrooms, these murals brighten morale, and give students something positive to look at in the hallways. They are the first thing that students see when they walk in, and the last thing they see before they leave. Administration has said that they will be taking pictures of the murals and blowing some up later on to put them back on the wall, however most will be gone forever. Furthermore the choice of which murals make the cut to go back on the walls is not one that has been given to students. Thornlea's motto is "Think and Be Thought of". These murals empassion that motto. They are left by former graduates for future students to leave their mark. There is no shortage of wallspace at thornlea. Future generations can fill in the blank space that we currently have BEFORE covering up the preexisting art. Students and Teachers have not been given a say in this issue and it's time we spoke up. Save Thornlea's art and culture! Sign the petition and pass it on to other Thornlea Alumni!


Also: The Pink Floyd Mural (a favourite for most) that used to be outside of the drama hallway has ALREADY been covered. It's important to note that this is an extremely time sensitive issue. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. CTV interview's our students!

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    3. We're in the Toronto Star!

      Thornlea students rally to save murals

      Albert Einstein's silhouette against a wall of dripping paint. A rainbow woven through the words "Show Your Pride." John Lennon, floating above a sea of peace signs. For more than 20 years, brightly painted murals like these have illuminated the halls of Thornlea Secondary School.

    4. UPDATE

      UPDATE! Administration is listening! We will be having a vote on this tuesday during first period. Students have been asked to look around the school at the murals and decide which are their favourite and the "most appreciated" murals will be saved! This is a compromise of sorts. We 're not 100% content with murals being lost, but some removal is better than total removal of our beautiful student art. More details to come.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. We Made The Paper!

      Thornlea students rally to save school murals

      Markham Economist & Sun Art is in the eye of the beholder. That is true for many of the murals on display in the halls and on the walls of Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill. "With so many different walks of life going through these halls, each mural means something different to each person," said Grade 12 student Emily Amon.

    7. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sam Kan KANATA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Former Thornlea Alumni...

      • over 1 year ago

      Because they are a part of the history of the school, I think they should not only not be painted over but should also be preserved for many years to come!! Also, I helped to paint the musical mirror in the music hall :)

    • carrie sim TSIMSHATSUI, HONG KONG
      • over 1 year ago

      An important part of our school's history!

    • Jian Magen VAUGHAN, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because that hallway is what Thornhlea is ALL about.

    • lauri cunningham THORNHILL, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a 1977 Graduate. I return when I can as I live in Northern Canada on James Bay. I am upset as my memories of this school are special to my free spirit and Thornlea encouraged me to stand up for myself. So at 53 I am standing up for myself and others. thank you Thornlea.


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