Preserve Our History: Save the Name of York Memorial Collegiate Institute

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We, the undersigned, PETITION that the name of the rebuilt school located at 2690 Eglinton Avenue West be York Memorial Collegiate Institute and reject any other proposals.

BACKGROUND

On May 6 and 7, 2019 a horrific, six alarm fire caused massive damage to York Memorial Collegiate Institute. Since that tragic event, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has acted to preserve and salvage aspects of the original building. Discussions to date indicate that the rebuild will occur on the original site.

On January 29, 2020, the TDSB produced an Initial Staff Report initiating a modified Pupil Accommodation Review involving York Memorial CI and George Harvey CI – two schools located in the Eglinton/Keele area. This report offers three Scenarios regarding the future of these two schools. Two of the proposals, including the Board's preferred option, involve the consolidation of the schools. If either one of the consolidation models is adopted, there is the possibility that the new school, built on the original YMCI site, could be given a new name. (Reference: P047 Naming of Schools and Special Purpose Areas).

It is the position of the undersigned that a name change is UNACCEPTABLE.

York Memorial Collegiate Institute is a uniquely significant school community in the TDSB. The school was built in 1929 in memory of young men from York Township who fought and died for Canada in the First World War. The school is a monument to their sacrifice and was therefore named in their honour: York Memorial. Following the Second World War, the school was rededicated to those “Memo” students who lost their lives serving Canada in this war.  Two plaques bearing the names of these York Memorial students and their photos are part of the historical legacy of the school.

For 90 years, YMCI has proudly served the community as an institute of higher learning and as a War Memorial. The school was designated as a heritage building in 1985 by the former City of York and again in 2015 by the City of Toronto.

The history of this school deserves to be respected and preserved for future generations.