Long Branch Continuation School (LBC-CS)
Location: 90 Thirty-First Street, Toronto (Etobicoke) Ontario, M8W 3E9 (3495 Lakeshore Boulevard West at Thirty-First Street)
Alternate or former names: School Section No. 12 Etobicoke (Note: S.S. No. 12 originally included the areas later designated S.S. No. 16, and part of S.S. No. 13); Lakeshore Public School; Lakeshore Public and Continuation School; Long Branch Public and Continuation School; Long Branch Public School; James S. Bell School
Pre-1998 municipality: City of Etobicoke
Type of school: Continuation
1871: James Eastwood purchased 500 acres of the Colonel Samuel Smith estate. The Colonel Samuel Smith Tract in Etobicoke stretched from Lake Ontario to Bloor Street, between what is now Kipling Avenue and Etobicoke Creek. The land was largely undeveloped and used for lumbering.
1883: James Eastwood sold the eastern part of the property to be developed as a summer resort, called in early years “Sea Breeze Park.” During the 1880s, as many as 50,000 vacationers visited. As transportation improved, cottages were converted to permanent residences. Soon, schools were needed.
1886 Oct 11: Plan M9 (with the new name of Long Branch Park) registered at the Land Titles Office. The name Long Branch possibly came from the well-known New Jersey resort of Long Branch. Today’s Long Branch is usually considered as stretching from 23rd Street, west to 43rd Street and Etobicoke Creek. The earlier Long Branch extended from just east of 33rd Street to west of 35th Street.
1889: First meeting to establish a school (School Section #12) for Long Branch and area. Horner school eventually built.
1914: Horner school (built 1889) over crowded. A new school built on Lakeshore Road at Thirty-First Street. While the school was being built, classes were held in Long Branch Baptist Church.
1915: A two-storey school built on the site which is now 3495 Lakeshore Boulevard West. It became known as Long Branch Public School, but was apparently also referred to as Lakeshore Public School. Two classrooms on the main floor. The second floor, not yet partitioned, was used as an auditorium for many community activities. Two playrooms in the basement — one for boys; one for girls. Children took their lunches and had hot chocolate prepared in the boiler room by Mrs. Ludlow, a parent. The large front lawn was flooded in winter to make a skating rink. In time, the second floor became two classrooms. Principal: Mr. McGrath; Teacher: Miss Murchison; Caretaker: Mr. Chavener.
1920: Six rooms added to the rear of the building.
1922: Board granted the request of a deputation of adults for evening classes up to the fifth form.
1923: Four rooms added to the front of the building.
1924: Long Branch Public School had grown to 14 rooms.
1926: Evident that Long Branch needed high school facilities. A front section was added for this — six classrooms; a board and staff room; a nurse’s office; a principal’s office.
1927: Continuation grades added. (Although Mimico High School was not too far away, residents wanted their own high school.) Upper School and Commercial subjects could be taught in both day and evening classes. School became Long Branch Public and Continuation School. James S. Bell hired to develop school into a strong educational institution.
1930: Long Branch incorporated as a village. “During the Depression Years, a number of youngsters went part way through public school and then just had to get out to help support their families. Grade six was not an uncommon leaving age. By the time kids like myself got to grade 13, there might be 15, 16 boys. And if they were organizing a football team and you were warm and breathing, you made the football team.” — Jack Davy, former student. (Quoted in: A Celebration of Excellence-Sauro.
1931: Long Branch secedes from Township of Etobicoke.
1946 Sept: Principal of Public School: Harvey H. Gibbs; Principal of Continuation School: O. Barkley.
1948: Kindergarten introduced.
1949: Remedial Reading, Art, Home Economics, and Industrial Arts added.
1950: Senior Boys Academic Vocational class began.
1950: Roll of Honour annual award for general proficiency sponsored by the Dr. Forbes Godfrey chapter I.O.D.E. established. (Framed list of names 1950-1961 hangs in front hall.)
1951: Long Branch becomes a part of the Lakeshore District Board. Continuation School moved to the new Collegiate in New Toronto. The Public School, which had been holding classes in basement rooms, the gymnasium, and three churches, moved into the vacated spaces. Rod Jack became principal; a secretary hired.
1951: Renamed for James S. Bell, who served the school from 1926 to 1946. (A photograph of Mr. Bell hangs near the war memorials.)
1954: Six kindergarten and five grade one classes moved into a new and final wing of the school.
1959: Elmer Yeandle became vice principal.
1962 Dec 31: Harvey Gibbs received 25-year service certificate.
1962: Violin lessons introduced.
1963: Physical Education introduced.
1967: Village of Long Branch joined the Etobicoke Board of Education.
The Branch: [yearbook]. Toronto: Long Branch Continuation School, 1936. 1 volume, ill., ports.
Berry, Susan. A History of Education in the Lakeshore Area: Mimico, New Toronto, Long Branch. Toronto: Wylie Press, [1966?] Unpaged.
Sauro, Silvio. A Celebration of Excellence: to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Etobicoke and Lakeshore District Boards of Education 1967-1992: and the Dissolution of the Etobicoke Board of Education May, 1947-December, 1997. Etobicoke, Ont.: The Board of Education for the City of Etobicoke. rev. 2nd ed. 1997. 135 p. ill. Appendices. Appendix E: Chronology of Educational Developments in the School Sections. Appendix F: Important Dates in the Governance of Etobicoke Public Education.
LBC-PS-a: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / Long Branch Continuation School / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Six columns. Surnames followed by given names. Columns iii and iv are headed: Supreme Sacrifice (12 names in each column). Names from A – Stoll. List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.
LBC-CS-b: (WWII): Illuminated list designed by A.J. Casson. “For King and Country / Members of / [blank] / who have volunteered for active service / with / Canada’s fighting forces.” Four columns. Surnames followed by given names. Columns iii and iv are headed: Supreme Sacrifice (1 name in each column). Names from Storms – Yearsley; three names (not in order) added below Yearsley. List does not specify which war, but date of school opening, presence of women’s names, and the use of an A.J. Casson document, indicate World War II.
Location: 55 Malvern Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4E 3E4 (North of Kingston Road; south of Gerrard Street East; between Main Street on the west and Victoria Park Avenue on the east)
Alternate or former names: East Toronto High School; Malvern Avenue High School; Malvern Avenue Collegiate
Pre-1998 municipality: Toronto (Town of East Toronto until 1908 annexation)
Type of school: Secondary
Malvern Collegiate Institute is Toronto’s third oldest school, after Jarvis and Parkdale collegiates. (Humberside Collegiate Institute was, at that time of its 1892 opening, in West Toronto Junction. West Toronto Junction did not amalgamate with Toronto until 1909.)
NOTE: The Archives Room (Room 202A) has specially-designed shelving units used to preserve and display the school’s artifacts, memorabilia, and publications. Until 2003, many records had been stored in a disused elevator shaft. The Malvern Red & Black Society (MRBS) has an active group of alumni volunteers who keep the school’s websites (listed below) up to date. Anyone interested in Malvern’s history and current or “decades” news should check the website regularly. David Fuller and Donna Halliday are doing extensive research on the war service of Malvernites. Much information is already posted and more will eventually be incorporated into an online archive. The school’s Onward Malvern Foundation—a charitable organization—funds “critical needs… which government funding cannot meet.” Band uniforms, musical instruments, fitness and sports equipment, and new auditorium seats are just a few of the items in this category.
Note on the name: The school is on Malvern Avenue, in the Toronto district known as “The Beach.” The neighbourhood of Malvern is approximately 16 km (9.9 miles) northeast of the collegiate, but the two have no connection.
East Toronto first developed as a railway centre for the Grand Trunk Railway (now the Canadian National Railway). A large roundhouse at Main and Danforth housed the steam engines for repairs and cleaning. The many neighbourhood men who worked as engineers, firemen, brakemen, conductors, and mechanics were notified about their runs by a “call boy,” who knocked on doors at any time of day or night. (There were no telephones.) A whistle at the roundhouse summoned the volunteer fire brigade, who pulled the hose wagon onto the street and hitched it to a horse. The first person to arrive with a horse was paid. Dr. Walters, at Main and Danforth, travelled by horse and buggy as far as Agincourt, Stouffville, Markham, West Hill, and Pickering to visit patients, recalled a Beach resident of the early 1900s. Malvern was the first high school in East Toronto. Before Malvern opened in 1903, in what is now called the “Upper Beach” area, students who attended high school had to travel to Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto, or to Markham High School.
1903 Sept 1: East Toronto High School opened in two rooms of the original Mary Street School (now Kimberley Public School) when that school moved to a new building on the same site. Two teachers; 42 students. School motto (chosen by first principal, F.W. French): Victrix Sapientia Fortunae (Knowledge is the Conqueror of Luck—more freely translated by Mr. French as: It is wisdom that wins success.) The first students and principal chose school colours of red, black, red. Team name: Black Knights.
1905: East Toronto Board purchased a site on Charles Street—renamed Malvern Avenue after the 1908 annexation by Toronto, which already had a Charles Street.
1906 Jan. 3: Three-storey school with four classrooms (two facing north; two facing south) opened. The third floor, lighted by dormer windows, was the assembly hall. There was an ornate entrance, and a tower with battlements (removed about 1925). Four staff; 128 students. First rugby team formed.
1908 Dec. 5: Town of East Toronto annexed to Toronto. Miss Lydia Barr (Modern Languages 1908-1930), Miss Harriet Ingram (English 1920-1952) and Miss Jessie Muirhead (Mathematics 1921-1953) were among the earliest female teachers and heads of departments at Malvern.
1909: School now under Toronto Board of Education.
1910 Jan 5: School renamed: Malvern Avenue High School.
1912: New south wing construction began. Included gymnasium; up-to-date science rooms; two new staff rooms with views of Lake Ontario.
1913: Construction completed; Malvern now classed as a collegiate.
1914 Jan: School formally renamed Malvern Collegiate Institute. Activities at Malvern turned to supporting the war effort shortly after World War I broke out in Europe. The girls knitted and took lessons in first aid. Approximately 154 students, including one female, enlisted, along with one teacher, Mr. Wood. Of these, 129 returned; 25 did not.
1914: South wing added.
1919: The “Maids of Malvern” adopted and for some years provided for French war orphan, Roger Barrère, whose father had been killed in the war.
1920: Graduates, students, teachers, and the community raised $3,400 (equivalent to $40,000 today) to erect the Boys of Malvern monument to those who died in the Great War.
1921 Sept: School-leaving age raised from fourteen to sixteen years.
1922: New north wing completed. First cafeteria opened. Newly-organized rowing crews won major championships for five successive years. Out-of-area students left Malvern when Scarborough Collegiate Institute opened.
1922 May 19: Dedication of the WWI memorial in front of the school. See: “Memorials transcribed” below.
1923: North wing added. Malvern rugby teams flourished under coach Ted Reeve. Glee club organized; school orchestra founded.
1924: Malvern’s yearbook, Muse, launched. A larger assembly hall and gymnasium not quite ready for use. Maids of Malvern amalgamated with the Y.W.C.A.
1925: Malvern Home and School Association founded. The Muse reported that the tower at the front of the school would be torn down.
1925-1929: West wing added. Rotary system (students changing classrooms) introduced.
1930: Introduction of vice-principal position. (Heads of department only until this time.)
1938: School added commercial courses to its previous strictly academic program.
1939: East wing with girls’ gymnasium, workshop, and economics room completed.
World War II (1939 to 1945): More than 1,100 graduates and students (male and female) and 13 teachers enlisted to serve in WWII. The students at home supported the war effort by buying war stamps and savings bonds, and sending boxes overseas at Christmas time. They raised enough funds to pay for a jeep which was a mobile canteen. After the war, the school raised $4,000. for memorials.
1940: Attendance: 1,490 Students.
1941: Guidance department started.
1942: Public Health nurse on site daily. Malvern now had more social activities than any other collegiate in Toronto—perhaps in Ontario.
1943-1945: No Muse published because of World War II.
1945: Student Council established.
1946: School now had 52 teachers and 3 secretaries. There were fifteen active student organizations. Muse discontinued after 1946 issue because of cost. (Revived in 1954.)
1946 Nov 29: Annual commencement program listed (on the front page) all Malvernites who had died on active service during the Second World War.
1948 Nov. 11: These Served, a book of remembrance for both World Wars) dedicated during special service; electric organ installed in the assembly hall. (See: “Memorials transcribed” below.)
1949: Malvern choir chosen to send program by transatlantic radio to France. Tennis championships won in 1949 and 1950.
1950: Girls’ Precision Drill Squad performed at the C.N.E. Grandstand. Choir featured on CBC Christmas broadcast. Student population decreased to about 900 students. Staff had 42 teachers and three secretaries.
1953 Oct 24: Fiftieth anniversary reunion drew 3,000 graduates. The school’s first principal, F.W. French, greeted the graduates of 1903 to 1909.
1953: New wing included a gymnasium and swimming pool. Between 1923 and 1953, Malvern teams won a total of 34 championships: Boys’ rugby (three levels)-16; Rowing-8; Boys’ hockey-4; Girls’ basketball-2; Boys’ tennis-2; Boys’ basketball-1; Track and Field-1
1954: Muse revived.
1955: Drama reintroduced. Hockey team won City Championship.
1964/66: Building modernized and renovated. Site increased to occupy a full block bounded by Malvern, Swanwick, Hannaford, and Lyall. A playing field and running track added.
1974: Malvern used three rooms in Adam Beck Public School for commercial classes.
1987 Mar: New two-storey addition of a library and cafeteria was added to the 1929 west “front” of the school. The World War I memorial statue was relocated above the central west entrance.
1998-2003: Malvern CI Centennial Committee active in planning Reunion and events.
2003 May 24: Malvern Centennial Reunion. Approximately 4,000 Malvernites attended.
2003 Sept: Formation of an Archives Committee discussed.
2004 Fall: Malvern Red and Black Society (MRBS) formed. Aim: “Keeping Malvernites in Touch.” Malvern Archives Committee established as a standing committee of the MRBS. A newsletter, Musings, established.
2005: Trip organized for students to visit war cemeteries in France where fallen Malvernites are buried. The students told about their trip at the Nov 11 Remembrance Day assembly, reestablished after several years of dormancy.
2010: Campaign to raise money for restoration of the WWI statue. Windows throughout the school replaced.
2011 Nov 4: Rededication of restored WWI statue. Relatives of the sculptor and of some of the veterans named on the statue attended. Two relatives of veterans read the names of the fallen. A 14-page booklet was prepared for the occasion.
2013: Celebration of 110th anniversary with a school-wide reunion.
Published history: (Copies still available by contacting the school.)
Malvern Centennial 2003. Edited by Vandra Masemann (Ward), Donna Halliday (Robb) and Paula Warder. Published by Malvern Collegiate Institute, 2003. 80 pp. ill. Includes names and dates of service of principals, vice principals, and teachers. Also sports championships; reminiscences of former students.
Malvern C.I. at 110: 1903-2013. Edited by Vandra Masemann, Donna Halliday; with the assistance of David Fuller, Sonya (Thomas) Munro and Paula Warder. Toronto: Red and Black Society, 2013. 78 pp. ill.
Malvern CI: 1914-1918 Memorial Rededication, November 4, 2011. Toronto: Malvern Collegiate Institute, 2011. 14 p. : ill. Includes centre spread photo of the 1922 dedication; biographies (and some photos) of those named on the memorial.
Malvern Collegiate Institute, 1903-1953. [Ingham, Harriet] c1953; 15 pp.
Muse. Yearbook begun in 1923-24 (discontinued from 1943-1945 because of World War II, and again between 1947-1953 because of lack of funds); revived in 1954 and continues to the present.
Musings. Bi-annual newsletter of the Malvern Red & Black Society.
MCI-SS-a: (WWI) “Fetters Sundered,” a 1922 sculpture by Emmanuel Hahn (1881-1957). A slightly larger than life-sized, male figure (in marble, on a limestone base) burying his sword in the ground to symbolize the end of the conflict, and holding up broken chains to signify freedom won by the names below. The statue sits outside the school’s second-floor library, on its own balcony, thrust well out from the wall of the school. The inscription on the face of the monument reads: To the Memory of / Those from This School / Who Laid Down Their Lives / In The Great War / 1914 – 1918 / Malvern Avenue / Collegiate Institute. Carved on the base are the names of 23 Malvern students killed in the war. The original hand-carved lead letters deteriorated over the years, and were restored with white cast letters. Originally dedicated May 19, 1922 by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, Colonel Henry Cockshutt. Prayers by The Rev. Canon William L. Baynes-Reed, DSO, priest at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church. Rededicated November 2011 after restoration. The monument was frequently vandalized. Fund raising by Malvernites has restored it several times. Some of those who contributed to the 2011 restoration were: Toronto District School Board; Veteran Affairs Canada; PACE Credit Union; Maintenance and Skilled Trades Council, and the community.
NOTE: “These at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty,” reportedly appears on the back of the monument, but was not visible to our camera because of the current location of the statue.
MCI-SS-b: (WWI) and MCI-SS-c (WWII): These Served. This is one physical volume, but it is divided into two parts—one part for each World War. Hand-tooled red Morocco leather cover; approximately fifty-page book designed and bound by Madeleine Glenn Bennett. Inscribed and illuminated by Doris McCarthy. Both women were artists and graduates of Malvern. Dedicated Nov 11, 1948. Alphabetical order; surnames followed by given names. Those who died are listed in red; those who survived are in black. The missing also appear in red. Professional restoration of the book’s binding awaits funding (2015).
MCI-SS-d: (WWII) Malvern Students / Members of the Armed Forces / World War II. Known as “The Big Book.” Album of 504 photographs; alphabetical order; surnames followed by initials. On the back of each page is hand-written information about the person. Professional restoration of the book—which in some cases has taped-in information—awaits funding (2015).
MCI-SS-e: (WWII) Booklet “These Served 1939-45.” Lists all Malvernites who served during World War II. NOTE: These names are not entered into the For King and Country database. We will submit the names to TONI, a database of names from published sources. We did, however, add one name to our database: F. Harvey Farr, who notified Malvern on Mar 18, 2003, that his name had been omitted from this publication. He was the first Malvern student to enlist, and attended Malvern for three weeks only, because of his enlistment.
MCI-SS-f: (WWII) Staff, students, and parents of Malvern raised money to buy a memorial organ in honour of the Malvernites who served in World War II. Glenn Gould (Malvernite 1945-1951) played the electric organ at the dedication of the war memorial book on Nov 11, 1948. The fate of the organ is now unknown (2015).
MCI-SS-g: Maple Leaf flag sent to troops in Afghanistan, 2007; students signed their names in magic markers; flag returned to Malvern for Remembrance Day, 2008.
MCI-SS-h: Johnny Johnson Memorial Scholarship ($5,000. to a student with financial need) established by Sonya Munro, to honour her fiancé, who was shot down in the Burma Campaign, in November 1944. This scholarship was awarded until 2014. At the school’s November 11, 2005 Remembrance Day assembly, the war time romance of Sonya and Johnny—both had been Malvern students—was dramatized by students. Ms Monroe provided letters and a photo for a Power Point presentation.