1853 First Public Schools Opened Under New School Act

  • School Yard Drawing from the book The School House, J. George Hodgins

    New Schools

    In 1851, the newly elected school board purchased land on which to build three new schools: Louisa Street, George Street, and Park. A school design competition was held with advertisements placed in the local Toronto papers. The successful designs had separate male and female departments, each with their own playground and entrance. Construction began on each in 1852.

    Maker unknown

    Printed paper


    Drawn plan of school yard with the lawn, girls' and boys' yards, privies, well and furnace shown.