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Humberside remembers

Humberside Collegiate Institute, near Toronto’s High Park, is the latest institution to be added to our searchable For King and Country database of war memorials in the city’s schools.

It has been 125 years since Humberside—or the Toronto Junction High School, as it was then known—first opened its doors in 1892. Since then, the school sometimes called the “castle on the hill” has expanded, undergone extensive renovations, and developed a reputation for music and the arts.

Black/white photo of school

Humberside Collegiate Institute in about 1915 (Postcard from Baldwin Collection, Toronto Public Library X 64-338)

Almost 250 new names have been added to our database from the Humberside war memorials, which include two traditional bronze plaques, a large stained-glass window, and a remarkable framed poster titled “Greetings from Humberside”. For many years, that poster hung over the fireplace of a steak house in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Read the story of the Humberside poster, its message to students many miles away, and how it eventually came home.

Our For King and Country database now contains the names of more than 46,000 students and teachers who volunteered for active service during World Wars I and II, and other conflicts. Could your ancestor be among them?

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