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School History And Tradition
Neil McNeil High School was founded in 1958 by the members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritan Fathers). The school was named after Neil McNeil, Archbishop of Toronto from 1912-1934. During his entire term as Archbishop, he fought tirelessly for the extension of funding for Catholic secondary schools. He demonstrated in words and deeds the school motto “Fidelitas in Arduis”, which translates “strength in hard times”.
Even though the last priest-principal of the school retired in 1990, the Spiritan presence is alive and well through the Spiritan Scholarship Fund established in 1995. By 1998, the fund disbursed more than $50,000 in scholarship awards for students going to university or community college.
Perhaps the spirit of Neil McNeil was best summarized by our most famous graduate, the late John Candy, who said during one of his annual visits to Neil McNeil, “My success is simply rooted in the values and discipline and respect for others that I was taught at Neil McNeil.”