Hello my friends :) Thought I’d mark the first day of school here with pictures of this cool old highschool that I took while walking past it the other day.
It is called Central Tech, located on Bathurst south of Bloor. Situated on what was once a big apple orchard, the building of it began 99 years ago, with the first corner stone being laid on September 3rd, 1913. This was during the industrial revolution and there was much demand for education in fields such as chemistry, math, physics, drafting and mechanical engineering. Enrollment began with about 150 daytime students, with a whopping 1,600 more people attending evening classed. I found it interesting to read that when it opened such a large majority were night school students, older people who had to attend after working during the day. In this part of the city they would not so much have been working on farms, like children who were kept from school would have been in the rest of the country, but rather probably working at city jobs and construction, as so much was being built at this time.
It was interesting to read that this school was co-ed, with the girls have their own entrance and stairwells, in addition to being the only ones taught in the classrooms on the top floor. So while it was co-ed, there was no mingling of the genders at school back then!
Central Tech is the only school in all of Toronto that has the right to bear the crest of the city, because it is the only school that was build with only city funds and no provincial or federal money. Now-a-days enrollment has reached 2,500 day students.
Hey, see if you can spot the difference between these two pictures! lol.
In my time, I have passed it often, as the streetcar up Bathurst goes right by it, on the way to the subway line that used to whisk me to my day job. And though I’ve seen it so many times, I never fail to gaze at it as I pass. Oftentimes I’ve been looking at the strip of trees along Bathurst street, that I’ve seen grow from brand new seedlings, into the trees you see here, blocking the view! But they are still very young trees so have a lot of growing yet to do.
I feel sorry for the people returning to school today, because, while the weather has been absolutely gorgeous for days, today is very gloomy and very wet. It began with a major downpour, right at 8am, just as those back to school photographs would have been being snapped. And right now as I write, the thunder is booming and the rain is steaming down.
And since I have something that I am REALLY loving today and want to tell you about, I am going to turn this post into a ‘Loving Lately’ one, by inserting this next picture that includes a heart. (That’s the rule for my ‘Loving Lately’ posts!). This picture was also taken at a cool old school, which I actually discussed on the first day of school last year, here.
And what is it I love? Well, yesterday I saw a hummingbird in our yard! It is the only time in the 10+ years that I’ve ever seen one here, and in fact, the only one I have ever seen in downtown Toronto in my life. It was actually Nick who spotted it out the window, feeding at our huge hibiscus bush. He told me to come quick and I caught a glimpse of it flitting around no more than 5 feet from me. The sighting lasted no more than 10 seconds but now I am happy. Oh yes, it is the little things in life which decorate one’s days, that aught to be cherished! And let me assure you, this tiny hummingbird was indeed a little thing.
Thank you for visiting. If you or people you love returned to school today, I hope it went well.