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School History and Tradition

Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School was established in the spring of 1985. Our school was named for Father John Redmond, a Basilian priest, educator and prominent national track and field coach.  Our roots are clearly embedded in the Basilian motto of “Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.”

As was Father Redmond’s mandate to educate the “whole student”, we remain faithful to that legacy. We are, indeed, a school of excellence with our main foci being the “Triple A” approach to education: Academics, Arts and Athletics.​


At Father John Redmond, we strive to create an environment where every student can learn and be successful. Our talented and dedicated faculty work diligently to make courses engaging and accessible to all learners. We offer Advanced Placement courses in some disciplines to those students who wish to challenge themselves and learn university-level material in high school. Our strong CSPC (Parent Council) is evidence of the bond between school and community as we work together in a mutually supportive and respectful relationship to educate your child.


In 2005, the school officially became the TCDSB’s first Regional Art Centre and our school facility was specifically built to house our new Arts Centre. “Ars Gratia Artis” is very much the philosophy embedded in our curriculum designed for creative minds. Today, our school’s full name is Father John Redmond C.S.S. and Regional Arts Centre. 

We boast a second-to-none Art Department for our students in the comprehensive program as well who also benefit from our state-of-the-art facility.

Each year our students are involved in several performances for our community such as a yearly Drama, Musical, Christmas Concert, Song and Dance Extravaganza as well as many more entertainment evenings showcasing our students’ artistic talents.​


“Mens sana in corpore sano”, a sound body in a sound mind is what we believe contributes to the wellness of the whole student. . We embrace Father Redmond’s legacy of sportsmanship, fair play and perseverance in developing young men and women who are strengthened intellectually, physically and spiritually. Our athletics include Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Hockey, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball and more.