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School History And Tradition

St. Richard Catholic School was built in 1964 and expanded in 1968 to serve the burgeoning Catholic population of central Scarborough. As enrollments declined during the seventies, the north addition was converted into the Board's Scarborough/East York Regional Administrative Office (now called the East Curriculum Support Unit). In recent years, enrollment has been steadily increasing, sustained in part by the popularity of the middle French immersion program, the excellent reputation of the school and the influx of younger families into the community.

The school was named after St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253). He is best known today for his prayer which is displayed in the entrance way of the school and was recently set to popular music: “Day by day, oh dear Lord, three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly, day by day.”

During our history many positive traditions have been established and many memorable academic and athletic accomplishments have been experienced with the help of staff, students, parents and neighbours. As a result, St. Richard's enjoys an enviable reputation throughout Scarborough--a legacy that continues to evolve and inspire those who are privileged to share and uphold it.

For pastoral purposes, the school is most closely linked to St. Rose of Lima Parish, although a section of its northeast attendance area is in St. Thomas More Parish.