Michael Power/St. Joseph High School

Michael Power/St. Joseph High School
Michael Power/St. Joseph Catholic Secondary High School
105 Eringate Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M9C 3Z7, Canada
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Principal N. D'Avella
School type Catholic High School, IB World School
Grades 9-12
Language English
Motto "The love of Christ has gathered us together into one" and "Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge"
Mascot Trojan
Team name Power Trojans
Colours Maroon and Gold          [1]
Founded 1949 and 1957, amalgamated 1982
Enrolment 2004 (2011-2012)[2]
Homepage http://www.mpsj.ca

Michael Power/St. Joseph High School is a Toronto Catholic District School Board secondary school in the Etobicoke district of the city of Toronto, Canada.

The school is an amalgamation of two independent schools, Michael Power High School (an all male school) and St. Joseph High School (an all female school). It is locally referred as "Michael Power", "MPSJ", and "Power". The school focuses on academics, athletics, arts, leadership, extracurricular activities, technology and community service. Some features of the school include, 2 gymnasiums (1 big one and 1 smaller one), a weight room, a large forum, newly-renovated auditorium, good classrooms, a sports field, a 400m track, a courtyard, music rooms, art rooms, computer labs, and a library.



By 2005, Michael Power/St. Joseph was a co-educational community of over 2000 students. The present school began as two distinct high schools. The Sisters of St. Joseph opened St. Joseph, an all girls high school named after the patron of Canada herself, Saint Joseph, near Islington Avenue in 1949 with a population of 150 girls.[3] Eight years later in 1957, the Basilian Fathers started Michael Power, an all boys high school named after the first Catholic bishop of Toronto.[4]

  • In 1982 the two schools were amalgamated officially – the designated principal was a Basilian Father while the vice-principal was a Sister of St. Joseph. In 1986, the Basilian Fathers continued to lead Michael Power/St. Joseph, a commitment that concluded with the retirement of Fr. Paul James.
  • In 1985, the south campus of Michael Power/St. Joseph was established as Father John Redmond, a former principal and teacher at Michael Power/St. Joseph. Father John Redmond, a Basilian priest, educator and prominent national track and field coach.
  • In 1993, the school moved to its present location on Eringate Drive. Previously, the building housed Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute.[5]
  • In June 2002, Michael Power/St. Joseph received approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to offer the IB Diploma Programme.[6]
  • In 2004 portable facilities started making their way back to Michael Power/St. Joseph. There are currently 6 portables.

The current enrolment of the school as of the 2010-2011 school year is 2004 students.

The teachers have established a strong tradition of strong academic standards. Currently, almost 85% of MPSJ graduates gain admission to university and college.

Powerful Visions Art Show

Started in 2004, Powerful Visions is Michael Power/St. Joseph’s annual creative art and media exhibition. The show takes place in the spring of the academic school year. Its galleries of student created artwork, movies and animations last for about one week and are open for the public to see. Featured student work has gone on to win awards at the national Mind, Media and the Message Festival and displayed in their exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and Other Offered Programs

The school was certified to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in June 2002.[7] The current IB coordinators are Mr. Gregory Scully and Mrs. Luana Fanelli. However, students may also pursue individualized and enriched programs in the Gifted Program. As well, Michael Power/St. Joseph offers an extended french program. There is a fast forward program for Recreation and Fitness. In the "Special Education" program, MPSJ offers inclusive support to students of all needs. For second language classes, they offer Italian, Latin, and French. Other unique classes include Archeology or ESL.

Elementary Feeder Schools

Notable alumni

  • Mark Nohra (Football Player: BC Lions (CFL), Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Buffalo Bills (NFL))
  • Jason Gavadza (Football Player: BC Lions (CFL) Grey Cup Champion, Baltimore Ravens (NFL) Super Bowl Champion)
  • Brendan Shanahan (Hockey Player: New York Rangers (NHL), New Jersey Devils (NHL), St. Louis Blues (NHL), Hartford Whalers (NHL), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), Team Canada (Olympics, World Cup of Hockey and IIHF World Championships))
  • Kirk Sawyers (Professional Umpire & Baseball General Manager)
  • Mike Kennedy (Hockey Player: Dallas Stars (NHL), Munich Barons (DEL))
  • Drake Berehowsky (Hockey Player: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Edmonton Oilers (NHL), Nashville Predators (NHL), Vancouver Canucks (NHL) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL))
  • Cynthia Dale (Actress)
  • Jennifer Dale (Actress)
  • Mike Pelyk (Hockey Player: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Cincinnati Stingers (WHA), Vancouver Blazers (WHA))
  • Bonnie Crombie (MP for Mississauga—Streetsville)


External links and references

Coordinates: 43°39′34″N 79°34′56″W / 43.659343°N 79.582311°W / 43.659343; -79.582311

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