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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition
 
St. Mary Catholic School is one of the oldest parish schools in the City of Toronto.  It was founded in 1854 by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Christian Brothers.  As the years passed, St. Mary flourished and outgrew its' original home on Adelaide Street.  In 1918, the present building was erected on Adelaide Street.  In 1972, the addition was opened. Picture of School
 
The population changed from predominantly Irish-Canadian to Polish, then Ukrainian and by the 1960's to Portuguese.  It was at this time, that Adelaide Street was officially changed to Portugal Square.  At present, the population is comprised of Portuguese, South American, Filipino, West Indian, Asian and Central American.  St. Mary is truly a multicultural school. 
 
The school is dedicated to Our Lady.  With Her as our model, we strive to educate our students to their full potential spiritually, intellectually and socially.
 
The community of St. Mary is dedicated to academic excellence fostered in a Catholic environment.  We are a life-long learning community of diverse ethnic backgrounds blending together as one group in pursuit of Catholic values.  In a positive setting, students are encouraged to maximize academic achievement while developing a deepening awareness of spirituality in themselves and others.  Teachers strive to deliver the messages of the gospels through the curriculum and in every facet of student work or play.  We are proud of our continued peacekeeping efforts as well.
 
St. Mary School is a wonderful place to learn.  We invite parents to join us in maintaining a culture of caring, respect, inclusiveness and kindness in our entire school community.