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Earl Haig Secondary School is a Public high school with a population of about 2,200 students in Willowdalemarker, Torontomarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. The school motto is "Carpe Diem", which is Latin for "Seize the day". The school's mascot is the carp. The school's long standing principal is Beverly Ohashi.

Schools (Grades 9 to 12)

Earl Haig Secondary School is the largest high school in Toronto and one of the largest public high schools in Canada. As a result, it is home to a diverse range of student-run clubs and groups. The school is well known for the Claude Watson Arts Program, a selective program for artistically talented students. It is divided into the following five areas of art: Dance, Drama, Music, Screen Arts (film production, writing, and acting) and Visual Arts.

Collegiate and Claude Watson Arts Program

Earl Haig Secondary School has two related but distinct programs. The Collegiate Program offers high-quality academic programming for students living in the Earl Haig Community. Students choose from a variety of academic, arts and technical courses. All able students are encouraged to take advantages of the enrichment program and to participate in various co-curricular activities and leadership opportunities.

The Claude Watson Arts Program offers a gifted art education for students with a demonstrated talent in Dance, Drama, Music, Screen Arts and Visual Arts. The newest art program in Claude Watson is Screen Arts and has been very successful and producing many productions for students. The students divide their day between regular academic classes and the Arts. Arts program students access a full range of artistic and creative opportunities from skilled arts specialists while receiving academic instruction at the highest level. Collegiate students enjoy equal access to the specialized Arts facilities and programs. The combination produces a unique range of education opportunities for all students.

Extracurricular activities

Earl Haig earned the Maclean's Magazine, August 2004, Canada's Best Schools designation for best school in Canada for its clubs, teams and extracurricular activities. As of October 20 2008, there are currently 83 clubs/councils.

Academic achievements

The majority of Earl Haig's students are admitted into top-tier universities in Canada such as University of Torontomarker, University of Waterloomarker, Queen's Universitymarker, University of Western Ontariomarker, McGill Universitymarker, University of Guelphmarker, Simon Fraser Universitymarker, and University of British Columbiamarker, as well as other post-secondary schools located in Toronto. A few exceptional students every year are admitted into elite universities outside Canada, such as The National Theatre School of Canada, Harvard Universitymarker, London School of Economicsmarker, Princeton Universitymarker, Yale Universitymarker,Cornell Universitymarker and MITmarker.

Provincial Assessment

Outside Cringan Hall.
In 2004-2005,

  • 16 percent of Earl Haig students scored level 4 (equivalent to 80% or above) in EQAO Math Assessment (only 6% of all students in Ontario achieved this standard).

  • 83 percent of Earl Haig students scored level 3 or above (equivalent to 70-79%) in EQAO Math Assessment (only 68% of Ontario students achieved it)

  • 90 percent of Earl Haig students passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is one of the requirements for achieving the high school diploma, compared at 76% of students from the Toronto District School Board.

International Olympiads

Between 1990-1999, seven Earl Haig students represented Canada to participate in the International Olympiads in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, the fourth highest in Ontario.


The school's namepiece from the original building.
The school is named after Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, who was the commander of the British Expeditionary force during the majority of the First World War. The school was established in 1928.

The original school was designed by the Toronto architectural firm of Craig and Madill and construction started in November 1929. The building officially opened in 1930 as Earl Haig Collegiate Institute. Additions continued through the 1940s, 50s and 60s. In 1961, the school changed its name from Earl Haig Collegiate Institute to Earl Haig Secondary School.

In 1996, the original building was demolished in sections to make way for a new building. This new building was designed around the original auditorium, Cringan Hall. Carruthers Shaw and Partners Limited, the same company that designed Queen's University and Upper Canada College, designed the new building and Bondfield Construction were contracted to build the school. The new building was officially opened in September 1997 at a cost of CAD$30,800,000.

The school administration installed security cameras in early 2007 for the first time in its 79 year history. Because of the long history of the academic culture at Earl Haig, a small minority of students considered Earl Haig standards too high. The purpose of the cameras was to stop the few from stealing tests and exams from departments. There are 26 cameras throughout the school in hallways and entrances.

School song

Earl Haig! Alma Mater!
We raise your banners far and wide
Earl Haig! Every son and daughter
Sings your praise and hails your
Name with pride
Carpe Diem! We're going to seize the day today
Carpe Diem! We're aiming high! High! High!
Earl Haig! School of happy memories
Blue and White we'll proudly fly
Carpe! Carpe! Carpe! Diem! Diem! Diem!


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