St. Andrew's College - SAC
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Canada / Toronto
Other locations: Aurora,
Institution Description
St. Andrew's College has a long and fascinating history, beginning September 10th, 1899, the first day of the School. Founded as a residential and day school in Chestnut Park in Toronto by Rev. Dr. George Bruce, the School’s first Headmaster, the School admitted approximately 50 boys, 15 of whom were boarders. Five masters took the academic reigns, and the boys were divided into four classes. Owing to Dr. Bruce’s ill-health, he was succeeded by Dr. D. Bruce Macdonald, who went on to become the longest serving Headmaster (1900 to 1935). In 1905 the School moved to a newly-built campus in Rosedale. That same year, the Highland Cadet Corps was established; its highest ranking student was Vincent Massey, who later became the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. The Pipes and Drums became part of the Cadet program in 1915. The School sojourned briefly at Knox College from 1918-1920, when Rosedale was used as a military hospital. Six hundred Old Boys served during the First World War, and 104 were killed in action.

In 1926, needing more space and a setting away from the perceived negative influences of the city, SAC moved to the present Georgian-style, 110-acre campus in Aurora. The Chapel was consecrated in 1931 and prevails as a welcoming symbol of the School. Over the decades, several new buildings were added to the School, including the Campbell Houses, the Great Hall, and the Athletic Centre. Today, St Andrew’s College has 614 boys, with 358 day students and 256 boarders representing Canada and 25 other countries. Kevin McHenry is St. Andrew’s eighth Headmaster, having assumed the mantle on July 1st, 2009.

St. Andrew’s continues to epitomize the epithet, Not an Ordinary Place, originally coined by Goldwyn Smith, a friend of Headmaster Macdonald and of SAC, but more well-known as the title of Head of Drama, William Scoular’s book chronicling the first 100 years of the School. The phrase illustrates perfectly the impressive character of St. Andrew’s College from 1899 to the present day. Many well-known and prominent Canadians spent their formative years at St Andrew’s College, including Vincent Massey, Lawren Harris, Donald Davis, Timothy Findley, John Crosbie, J.A.D. McCurdy, Kiefer Sutherland and Steve Amell.