50 years of Houses tHe case for uts - Ensuring the school's viability for another century

50 years of Houses tHe case for uts - Ensuring the school's viability for another century
the uts alumni magazine | fall 2008

A look back at the
first half-century of the
House system at UTS

50 years
of Houses
the case for UTS
 Ensuring the school’s viability
 for another century

Farewell to
the captain
 UTSAA Executive Director
 Don Borthwick steps down

centennial notebook | golf tournament results | Alumni News
50 years of Houses tHe case for uts - Ensuring the school's viability for another century
Upcoming UTS Events                                                                UTS Alumni
                                                                                    Board of
Mark Your Calendars                                                                 President
                                                                                    George Crawford ’72
                                                                                    (416) 499-9000
Friday, October 24

Alumni Dinner                                                                       vice president
                                                                                    Peter Neilson ’71
5:30 p.m. Reception, followed by 7:00 p.m. Dinner at UTS.                           (416) 214-5431

All years are welcome! Check with your Year Rep for Special Anniversary
                                                                                    past president
Years’ celebrations. For dinner reservations: alumni@utschools.ca
                                                                                    Tom Sanderson ’55
or call (416) 978-3919                                                              (416) 604-4890

Tuesday, November 11                                                                Treasurer
                                                                                    Bob Cumming ’65
Remembrance Day Service                                                             (416) 727-6640

10:00 a.m. Reception and 10:30 Service                                              Honorary
Alumni veterans and other alumni are invited to join students and staff for the     President
ceremony. Alumni luncheon afterwards hosted by Principal Michaele Robertson.        Michaele Robertson
                                                                                    (416) 946-5334
Contact: Alumni Office at alumni@utschools.ca or call (416) 978-3919
to confirm attendance and RSVP for lunch.
                                                                                    Vice President
Wednesday, December 17                                                              Rick Parsons
                                                                                    (416) 978-3684

Holiday Concert and Art Gallery                                                     directors
6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium and Gym.                                                Don Borthwick ’54
Student musical performances and art displayed at this holiday evening tradition,   (416) 946-7012

with Café Bleu afterwards. Contact: Judy Kay, jkay@utschools.ca, (416) 978-6802
                                                                                    Gerald Crawford ’52
or Janet Williamson, jwilliamson@utschools.ca, (416) 978-0988                       (905) 271-0445

Saturday, February 7, 2009 (to be confirmed)                                        Rob Duncan ’95
                                                                                    (416) 809-2488

Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament                                                        Peter Frost ’63
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                                                              (416) 867-2035
Organize your team of alumni for a spirited competition!
Contact: Alumni Office at (416) 978-3919 to enter a team.                           Sharon Lavine ’84
                                                                                    (416) 868-1755 x224

Thursday, February 12                                                               Bernie McGarva ’72

Jazz Night
                                                                                    (416) 865-7765

                                                                                    Vallabh Muralikrishnan ’00
6:30 p.m., UTS Auditorium                                                           (416) 359-0159

FRIDAY, february 27 & Saturday, February 28                                         Nick Smith ’63
                                                                                    (416) 920-0159

Senior Play                                                                         Jennifer Seuss ’94
UTS Auditorium, production and time to be determined.                               (416) 654-2391

                                                                                    Phil Weiner ’01
                                                                                    (416) 868-2239
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                                                                                                                                                    IN SHORT
                                                                                                                                                    Calendar of Events
                                                                                                                                                    Upcoming alumni & school events

                                                                                                                                                    Bits & Pieces

                                                                                                                                                    Noteworthy UTS tidbits

                                                                                                                                                    Alumni Golf Tourney 23
          13 House Proud                                                                                                                            All the results from this annual event

                                                                                                                                                    Donor Listings                                           32
                            he House system celebrates its
                                                                                                                                                    2007-08 Annual Fund
                           50th anniversary.

          18 Farewell to the Captain                                                                                                                Reports
                            on Borthwick steps down as Executive Director
                           D                                                                                                                        President’s Report                                       9
                                                                                                                                                    UTS Board and UTSAA forge new links
                           of the Alumni Association.
                                                                                                                                                    Principal’s Message                                      10
          21 Centennial Notebook                                                                                                                    The case for UTS

                                                                                                                                                    UTS Board Report                                         11
                           News and announcements about exciting Centennial events.
                                                                                                                                                    Building committee is formed

          24 Alumni News                                                                                                                            Advancement Office
                                                                                                                                                    Getting ready for our centennial
                            ll the latest in the lives of your classmates. In Memoriam and
                           tributes to the lives of several distinguished alumni and staff.
                                                                                                                                                    Treasurer’s Report                                       30
                                                                                                                                                    Strong support continues

                                                                                                                                                    Our thanks to this issue’s contributors:
                                                                                                                                                    Copy: Don Borthwick ’54, George Crawford ’72,
                                                                                                                                                    Bob Cumming ’65, Martha Drake, Peter Frost, ’63,
                                                                                                                                                    Caroline Kolch, Bob Lord ’58, Lily McGregor,
     On the cover: Founding year House executives meet their current-day counterparts.                                                              Michaele Robertson, Diana Shepherd ’80, Luke Stark ’02
     Back row L-R: Jim Spence ’58, Doug Davis ’58, Mike Vaughan ’58, Ian Sturdee ’59
                                                                                                                                                    Photography: Cover: Victor Yeung. Martha Drake,
     Front row L-R: Jennifer Tse, Jeffrey Ho, Isaac Kates Rose, Jake Brockman
                                                                                                                                                    Caroline Kolch, Paul Wright

                                                                                                                                                    Editor: Diana Shepherd ’80
                           University of Toronto Schools Alumni Association
                                                                                                                                                    Design: Eye-to-Eye Design
                           371 Bloor Street West, Room 121, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R7 Phone: (416) 978-3919 Fax: (416) 971-2354
                           E-mail: alumni@utschools.ca Web: www.utschools.ca/alumni The Root is published Spring and Fall and                       Ad Design: Eye-to-Eye Design, Caroline Kolch
                           is available to all alumni, parents, and friends of UTS. Contact us at the above addresses to receive a copy             Printed by: Thistle Printing Ltd.
                           or to change your address. This issue is also available on the website: www.utschools.ca/alumni/magazine.

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    A compendium of noteworthy UTS tidbits.

    UTS student selected                                                                                                                 issue of climate change,”
                                                                                                                                         says Rebecca Zalatan,
    for international                                                                                                                    Climate Change Programme
    climate change                                                                                                                       Manager for British Council
    expedition to                                                                                                                        Canada. “These students
    the Arctic                                                                                                                           have fresh and imaginative
                                                                                                                                         ideas and they have already
    UTS Grade 10 student                                                                                                                 initiated many exciting proj-
    Luisa Lizoain recently par-                                                                                                          ects in their schools and
    ticipated in “Cape Farewell”,                                                                                                        communities,” she adds.
    an international climate-                                                                                                                Cape Farewell brings art-
    change program sponsored                                                                                                             ists, scientists, and educators
    by British Council Canada.                                                                                                           together to create long-term
    Luisa and 15 students from                                                                                                           shift in cultural attitudes
    across Canada joined top                                                                                                             towards climate change.
    scientists, artists, and educa-                                                                                                      Created by British artist
    tors on a two-week voyage to                                                                                                         David Buckland in 2001, the
    the Arctic from September                                                                                                            Cape Farewell program has
    7 to 20, 2008. The expedi-                                Clockwise from bottom right: UTS students Luisa Lizoain, Oles Chepesiuk,   led five expeditions to the
    tion began in Reykjavik,                                  Justin Wang, and Jeyanth Inkaran.                                          High Arctic.
    Iceland, travelled to Nuuk,
    Greenland, and finished in                                oped in genres such as film           last May. Themed “Science            Reach for the Top
    Iqualuit, on Baffin Island.                               and photography, fine arts,           under the Midnight Sun”,             has a sterling
        The idea behind the                                   performing arts, and litera-          the conference focused on            performance
    expedition is to encourage                                ture. The final products cre-         the Antarctic and Arctic
    scientific inquiry and artistic                           ated by the scientists, artists,      regions, since both are see-
                                                                                                                                         at the National
    expression, which can be                                  and students will be used to          ing the dramatic effects of          Championship
    used to draw attention to the                             raise public awareness about          climate change.                      UTS’ Reach for the Top
    issues of climate change in                               climate change in their home             Luisa co-founded a Green          team brought home
    an imaginative way. The pro-                              communities.                          Bin program at UTS, where            Silver from the National
    gram focuses on the Arctic                                   Luisa and her peers                she helped recruit, train,           Championship held in
    because climate change                                    were selected because of              and organize more than 80            Edmonton, Alberta last May.
    affects the Polar regions                                 their passion for environ-            volunteers. Her leadership           The team faced off against
    more profoundly than most                                 mental issues. In April               and strong communication             some of the brightest stu-
    other regions.                                            2008, Luisa was one of ten            skills make Luisa an ideal           dents in the country. Out of
        Prior to and during the                               students named a National             advocate for community               hundreds of schools nation-
    expedition, science and geog-                             Climate Champion by                   partnerships to encourage            wide and more than 1,500
    raphy related projects were                               British Council Canada. As            action on climate change             participating students, UTS
    developed in areas such as                                a result, she attended the            issues locally.                      is now one of the top two.
    climatology, oceanography,                                Canadian Science Writers’                “We are excited by the                The Championship was
    biodiversity, and biogeogra-                              Association’s annual confer-          students’ passion about              not without controversy,
    phy. Art projects were devel-                             ence in Whitehorse, Yukon             the environment and the              however. Because of a dis-

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2008 Athletes
parity between two different
timing systems, Ottawa’s
Lisgar Collegiate managed
to squeak by UTS with only

                                of the Year
a 5-point margin (worth half
a question) – the narrowest
in Reach for the Top history.
   The final against Lisgar

Collegiate (UTS’ traditional
                                          his year’s Athletes   Gold at the City Wrestling                    Soccer team, which played
rival) was a roller-coaster
                                          of the Year made      Championship and qualified                    OFSAA this year in Pain
ride from the start. At the               history, breaking     for OFSAA. In 2007-2008,                      Court, Ontario.
final question, Deputy                    gender boundar-       Jennifer was also a member
Captain Rafael Krichevsky                                                                                     Andrew was also a vital
                                ies and creating the Ron        of the Girls’ Tennis team.
                                                                                                              member of the Varsity Boys’
’08 gave the correct answer     Wakelin Award’s first tie.
                                                                Andrew Chan ’08 and                           Basketball team and coach
when the score was 420-415      Jennifer Archibald ’08          Stephen Rowlands ’08                          of the F1/2 Boys’ Basketball
for Lisgar (which would have    received the Ornella Barrett    made UTS history by tying                     team.
tipped the balance for UTS),    Award for the female ath-       for the Ron Wakelin Award
                                                                                                              Stephen was a four-year
but it occurred just before     lete of the year. Jennifer      for male athlete of the year.
                                                                                                              veteran of the Varsity Ice
the horn sounded the end        made UTS history as the         This is a well-deserved
                                                                                                              Hockey team. He was an
of the game. However, the       first female member of the      honour for both athletes,
                                                                                                              ever-improving member
game’s clock had already        Varsity Ice Hockey team.        who had parallel careers
                                                                                                              of the Wrestling team,
                                She was a lead player on        at UTS. Many considered
reached zero as UTS buzzed                                                                                    where he progressed from
                                the Girls’ Rugby team and       them an unstoppable force
in. After a 15-minute delib-                                                                                  Regional Bronze to City
                                the Girls’ Field Hockey         in the teams they played
eration, the judges ruled in                                                                                  Silver and Gold.
                                team, where she was cap-        on together. Both were
Lisgar’s favour.                tain and a student-coach. A     outstanding members of                        These awards are a proud
   Reach for the Top is a       talented wrestler, Jennifer     the Boys’ Rugby team,                         part of the UTS athletic tra-
trivia competition that tests   won Regional Gold her first     which was the undefeated                      dition. Athletes of the Year
students’ knowledge in a        year in 2005-2006, and          City Champion for two con-                    must be graduating stu-
wide variety of disciplines –   Provincial Gold in 2006-        secutive years. Stephen was                   dents who have displayed
                                2007, when she went on to       Rugby team captain in 2007-                   exceptional skill, leadership,
from physics to pop culture.
                                compete nationally in only      2008. Andrew and Stephen                      sportsmanship, and achieve-
   Congratulations to the       her second year of competi-     were both longtime players                    ment in competition during
team on an incredible per-      tion. In 2007-2008, she won     and stars of the Boys’ Varsity                their athletic career.
formance and strong season:
   Captain Lujia Lin ’08,
Deputy Captain Rafael
Krichevsky ’08, Jake
Brockman, Jenny Gu,
Sacha Mangerel, and Nick
Stark ’08.

UTS student wins
Bronze at the
Canadian National
Brain Bee
Jeremy Zung ’08 repre-
sented UTS and the City
of Toronto at the Canadian
National Brain Bee the
weekend of May 10, 2008
at McMaster University. He
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                                                                                                                                won Bronze, placing him in
                                                                                                                                the top three neuroscience
                                                                                                                                students in the country.
    Four UTS students medal at the 2008 International Math and Science Olympiads.                                                   At McMaster, Jeremy
                                                                                                                                competed against seven stu-

                 n impressive                             days. The theoretical exam                                            dents from across Canada.
                 four UTS                                 challenges students to solve                                          The competition con-
                 students                                 eight to ten difficult theo-                                          sisted of three challenging
                 represented                              retical problems within five                                          events: patient diagnosis,
    Canada at the International                           hours – a challenge even                                              neuroanatomy bellringer
    Chemistry and Math                                    for a chemistry graduate.                                             (in which the first student
    Olympiads, and all                                    During the five-hour prac-                                            to ring in answers), and
    returned home medalists,                              tical exam, students per-                                             multiple-choice questions.
    placing them among the                                form labs that reveal how       International Mathematics Olympiad    Jeremy took first place in
                                                                                          silver medalist Jonathan Schneider.
    world’s top students.                                 tightly chemistry is con-                                             both the patient diagnosis
       Gordon Bae ’08, Robert                             nected to everyday life.        four-and-a-half-hour exams            and neuroanatomy events.
    Bai, Grade 11, and Rafael                                This is the fifth consecu-   where students are chal-              The multiple-choice ques-
    Krichevsky ’08 were three                             tive year UTS has repre-        lenged to solve three chal-           tion round ran longer than
    of the four members of                                sented Canada at the IChO.      lenging problems.                     expected; the students knew
    Team Canada at the 40th                               This is also Gordon’s second       This is Jonathan’s second          their material so well that
    International Chemistry                               consecutive year compet-        year at IMO. In 2007, he              the judges ran out of ques-
    Olympiad (IChO) in                                    ing; last year, he returned     represented Canada along              tions and had to add supple-
    Budapest, Hungary, from                               home a Gold medalist.           Kent Huynh ’07 in Hanoi,              mental questions from a
    July 12 to 21, 2008. They                                Grade 10 student             Vietnam.                              second text.
    were up against more than                             Jonathan Schneider                 Jonathan was featured                  In addition to the com-
    500 of the world’s brightest                          returned with Silver from       in the Toronto Star on                petition, students visited the
    chemistry minds from more                             the 49th International          July 28, 2008 in the article          McMaster psychology and
    than 70 nations.                                      Mathematics Olympiad            “Math Aptitude Adds Up to             neuroscience labs, where
       Gordon received Silver,                            (IMO) in Madrid, Spain          Victory”.                             they had the opportunity to
    while Robert and Rafael                               from July 10 to 22, 2008.          The International                  observe – and even partici-
    both earned Bronze.                                   Jonathan was one of six stu-    Olympiads provide unique              pate in – experiments. They
       The IChO includes both                             dents representing Canada.      forums for the world’s most           also listened to a lecture on
    a theoretical and practical                           He and his teammates            talented young scientists             the importance of the scien-
    exam taken over two                                           competed against        and mathematicians to                 tific method as well as rely-
                                                                  535 of the world’s      come together to exchange             ing on science merely as a
                                                                  most brilliant young    ideas and learn from one              set of falsifiable theories, not
                                                                   mathematicians         another. They let students            necessarily as truth.
                                                                   from more than 97      travel the world and expe-                Jeremy’s intense prepara-
                                                                    countries.            rience different cultures             tions for the competition
                                                                       The IMO exam       while forging international           included visits to the Uof T
                                                                    consists of two       friendships.                          Anatomy Museum arranged
                                                                                                                                by faculty members Drs.
                                                                                                                                Dostrovsky and Stewart, dis-
                                                                                                                                ease diagnosis practice with
    ABOVE: Gordon Bae (foreground)                                                                                              help from UTS students
    performs a demonstration with fellow                                                                                        Jimmy Xie S5 and Caroline
    International Chemistry Olympiad                                                                                            Lai ’08 (who acted as
    competitors. RIGHT: Jonathan                                                                                                patients), and a concentrated
    Schneider (centre, behind flag) flanked
    by his Canadian teammates and their
                                                                                                                                six-week study of the British
    chaperones at the International Math                                                                                        Neuroscience textbook – the
    Olympiad in Madrid, Spain.                                                                                                  source for the multiple-

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choice questions.                 Program Coordinator Carole            between 1988 and 1998,                            Out in conjunction with
   Jeremy’s Bronze Brain          Bernicchia-Freeman. “I was            who are in or around the                          the UTS Student Services
Bee medal is just the begin-      thrilled to see mentors and           city and are interested in                        Department. “Or they
ning for him, as he plans to      mentees together celebrating          mentoring a current S5 or                         can e-mail us at alumni@
study neuroscience at the         the year and talking about            S6 student,” Luke explains.                       utschools.ca to receive a
university level.                 how their challenges and              “Many of our mentors                              profile form for the 2008-
                                  successes could improve the           this year told us that they                       2009 program.”
Branching Out:                    Branching Out program in              learned about themselves                             Martha points out that
the Alumni                        the future,” said Carole.             through their partnership                         having up-to-date informa-
                                     Based on the success of            with UTS students. They                           tion in the Alumni e-mail
Mentoring Program                 the pilot project and the             said that they found the                          Directory allows alumni to
In early June, participants       feedback from participants,           experience fulfilling – and                       receive information directly
in the pilot year of the UTS      the 2008-2009 version of              fun, too.”                                        about Branching Out and
“Branching Out” Alumni            Branching Out will be roll-               “As a first step to getting                   other programs, and it’s an
Mentoring Program gath-           ing out this fall. Carole             involved in Branching Out,                        important part of keeping
ered for a closing reception      and program co-founder                interested alumni should fill                     in touch with the school.
in the UTS library. Short         Luke Stark ’02 are looking            out their mentoring profile                       Carole agrees, adding: “I’m
speeches from Nicholas            forward to the program’s              in the UTS Alumni e-mail                          always so excited when
Stark S5 and Pauline              expansion – which means               Directory,” notes Executive                       alumni reconnect to UTS.
Wong ’93 helped launch an         more mentors are needed!              Director of Advancement                           In my 20 years at the school,
enthusiastic and empathetic          “We’re looking for UTS             Martha Drake, whose office                        I’ve met so many wonderful
discussion, to the delight of     alumni who graduated                  is supporting Branching                                [continued on next page]

UTS students represent Canada at
international biotechnology competition
UTS’ BioTalent teammates and
Grade 10 students Josh Alman
and Norman Yau represented
Canada at the International
Sanofi-Aventis BioGENEious
Challenge in San Diego,
California. They competed
against 14 national winning
student research teams from
Canada, the U.S., and Western
Australia. The competition
was held in conjunction with
the Biotechnology Industry        L-R: Mark Lievonen, President of Sanofi Pasteur; UTS students Josh Alman and Norman Yau; Hillcrest High School
Organization’s (BIO) Annual       student Maria Merziotis; and the Honorable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.
International Convention.
Each student team had their       Honourable Tony Clement,              genes allow plants to grow                           Sanofi-Aventis student
project on display for conven-    federal Minister of Health,           in salty soil. This research                      competitions bring together
tion participants; the projects   and The Honourable Dalton             becomes increasingly impor-                       today’s brightest young
were evaluated by a panel of      McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.         tant as arable land is lost due                   minds to perform cutting-
leading biotechnology             Josh and Norman also had              to climate change. Their men-                     edge biotechnology research.
scientists.                       the opportunity to meet the           tors were Dr. Nick Provart and                    They offer students the
   Josh and Norman attended       Governor of California, Arnold        Mr. Ron Ammar, Department                         unique opportunity to have a
the opening of the Canadian       Schwarzenegger.                       of Ecology and Evolutionary                       graduate-level research expe-
Pavilion and Ontario                 The UTS team’s outstand-           Biology, University of Toronto                    rience under the guidance of
Pavilion where they met The       ing work identified what              (Uof T).                                          professional scientists.

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students who would now be
    inspiring mentors.”
       Martha, Carole, and
                                                                 Steve Paikin speaks at UTS on former
    Luke all agree that one of
    the most rewarding parts of                                  Premier of Ontario John P. Robarts
    Branching Out’s pilot year

    has been to watch current                                             ast April, Steve
    UTS students bond with                                                Paikin, respected
    past ones and explore the                                             Canadian journal-
    similarities and differences                                  ist and host of TVO’s The
    in their respective UTS                                       Agenda, came to speak
    experiences. “Many of the                                     to UTS students on the
    alumni are surprised at                                       importance of the lessons
    how incredibly busy UTS                                       of history, as illustrated
    students are today,” laughs                                   by the life of former
    Luke. “I think this program                                   Premier of Ontario John
    ties together past and pres-                                  P. Robarts.
    ent students, to the benefit                                      After opening with
                                                                  well-received jokes about     Steve Paikin explained that John Robarts’s personal tragedy is part of
    of both.”
                                                                  the NHL playoffs and the      our shared history when he came to speak to UTS students last April.
       For more information
                                                                  Leafs, Paikin surveyed the
    on the UTS Branching Out
                                                                  student audience, asking      was a great leader, whose           important lessons of his-
    Alumni Mentoring Program,
                                                                  them: “Who knows who          family life reads like a            tory is that you need to
    or to request a profile form,
                                                                  John Robarts is?” Many        Shakespearean tragedy.              know where you’ve come
    contact the Alumni Office                                                                   As Premier of Ontario in            from if you want to move
                                                                  students knew him as “the
    at alumni@utschools.ca. l  R
                                                                  guy the Uof T Library         the 1960s, he was a popu-           forward.
                                                                  is named after, right?”       lar and well-respected                 Paikin was well-received
    Are you looking                                               Initially, his question was
                                                                  met with a few giggles.
                                                                                                leader who exercised his
                                                                                                power with great dignity.
                                                                                                                                    by the UTS student body,
                                                                                                                                    who were engaged by his
    for a unique                                                  Imagine Paikin’s great        Meanwhile, his personal             speech, and appreciated

    gift for                                                      surprise upon learning
                                                                  there was a Robarts in the
                                                                                                life was crumbling, as he
                                                                                                struggled with alcoholism,
                                                                                                                                    his humour and candor.
                                                                                                                                    They asked insightful ques-
    UTS friends?                                                  audience! “Yeah, he was
                                                                  my great-grandfather,”
                                                                                                family conflicts, and his
                                                                                                son’s suicide – all of which
                                                                                                                                    tions about the principles
                                                                                                                                    John Robarts worked by
     Consider a donation to                                       replied Adam Robarts,         took their toll on Robarts,         and the greatest challenge
     UTS’ Commemorative                                           Grade 9 UTS student.          leading him to finally take         facing Ontario today.
     Gift Fund! Each gift of                                      After a few moments of        his own life in 1982.                  Paikin finished by
     $50 will entitle you to                                      shock and follow-up ques-         Despite these personal          describing his dream
     a bookplate in a UTS                                         tions to confirm – “What’s    tragedies, Paikin reminded          interview on The Agenda:
     library book in the
                                                                  your mother’s name?”          students that John Robarts          “Bill Clinton, Frank
     name of the individual
                                                                  – Paikin went into the        left behind a great legacy.         Sinatra, and Johnny
     you’re honouring. A
     distinctive card will be
                                                                  crowd and shook Adam’s        He was a supporter of edu-          Carson...”
     sent to your recipient,                                      hand with pleasure. It        cation, founding Ontario               The history of John
     and you will receive a                                       turns out that Adam’s         Community Colleges                  Robarts is well known
     tax receipt.                                                 great-grandfather, John A.    and the Ontario Science             to Paikin, who wrote,
                                                                  Robarts, was a cousin of      Centre. He founded                  produced, and narrated
     For more information,                                        John P. Robarts.              Ontario Place, to give chil-        the feature-length docu-
     visit www.utschools.ca                                           After recovering from     dren a safe place to play           mentary Chairman of
     or contact the UTS                                           his surprise, Paikin began    while keeping them off the          the Board: The Life and
     Advancement Office at
                                                                  to speak about the life of    streets, and GO Transit,            Death of John Robarts,
                                                                  John Robarts, explain-        to improve transportation           and wrote the book Public
     or (416) 978-3919.
                                                                  ing that his personal         infrastructure in and out           Triumph, Private Tragedy:
                                                                  tragedy is part of our        of Toronto. Paikin told             The Double Life of John
                                                                  shared history. Robarts       students that one of the            P. Robarts.

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President’s Report

UTSAA & UTS Board Agree
                                                                                              Office of Advancement is now fulfilled by
                                                                                              Martha Drake.
                                                                                                   The UTSAA and UTS will jointly
Memorandum of Understanding reached.                                                          decide upon the goals of the Annual
                                                                                              Fund campaign each year. The UTSAA

          he “big” news for this Report      by the Principal, the UTSAA, the                 President will continue to write the let-
          is the agreement that has been     UTS Parents Association, the UTS                 ter to Alumni each year describing the
          reached between your UTSAA         Foundation, and – still a key partner            objectives of the Annual Fund campaign
and the UTS Board. The final version         – the University of Toronto.                     and soliciting donations.
of the Memorandum of Understanding                The UTSAA will continue to take                  Any donations received will go
(MOU) was discussed and accepted by          the lead responsibility for its traditional      to the UTS Foundation, to be held
vote of the attendees at the UTSAA           alumni activities: the Annual Dinner,            in trust and to be managed by the
Board Meeting that immediately fol-          the Golf Tournament, the Alumni                  UTS Foundation Board. Donations by
lowed our Annual General Meeting on          Hockey Challenge, publication of The             alumni will be tracked and directed to
May 28. So what does this means to the       Root, and sponsorship of the student             the appropriate internal fund by the
UTSAA, and to each of us as individual       graduation banquet for our newest                Foundation, and the UTSAA will be
                       alumni?               alumni each year. We will also con-              advised of the total amounts of the
                            The MOU will     tinue to support selected school and             alumni donations.
                       ensure a lasting,     student activities, such as our recent                The UTSAA will be informed when
                       strong, and con-      financial contribution to help send              alumni-donated funds are spent or dis-
                       tinuing relation-     the “Reach for the Top” team to the              tributed by the Foundation, including
                       ship between the      national championships in Edmonton.              the purpose of the expenditure.
                       Alumni and the        And our Alumni role as volunteers will                The School will include a budget to
                       School. Achieving     continue – whether as participants in            support the operations of the UTSAA.
                       the agreement is a    Remembrance Day services, debating               Administrative support will be provided
                       credit to the dedi-   tournament judges, athletics coaches,            through the Office of Advancement.
     Crawford ’72      cation and vision     F1 Admissions interviewers, or mentors.          Funding for special items – such as
    president, UTSAA   of all of the UTS          One area has changed: the raising,          selected school and student activities
                       and UTSAA Board       managing, and dispensing of funds.               – will be decided by the UTSAA Board
members, and on behalf of all alumni, I      Formerly, the UTSAA raised funds                 and then paid by the School, using a
offer my appreciation for their efforts.     through our Annual Fund Campaign                 budget allocation agreed to each year by
     What does this agreement mean           and other fundraising activities, we             the UTSAA and UTS.
to UTS Alumni? First, it means that          managed the funds, and ultimately we
one of the “Three Challenges” that           dispensed the funds in accordance with           The above changes retain the same
I have discussed in prior Reports is         the intentions and wishes of the alumni          “checks and balances” as before; the
now nearly complete: the challenge of        donors. Under the new structure and              change is primarily in the flow of the
transforming UTS from a school that          relationships, the UTSAA stewards the            donated funds. The UTSAA contin-
relies upon the University of Toronto        same processes and responsibilities, but         ues to work with the School each year
for financial support to a financially-      only “touches the money” in certain              to determine our annual fundraising
independent school that is still affili-     specific circumstances.                          objectives – and the President’s signa-
ated with the University. That transition         To explain what I mean by this, let’s       ture on the Annual Fund Campaign
has been led by the UTS Board and its        take the Annual Fund as an example.              letter each year continues to be your
Chair Bob Lord. UTS now includes                                                              assurance that all donations are being
several entities – each with defined         UTS will continue to operate the Office          stewarded and spent in accordance
objectives, roles, and responsibilities      of Advancement, supported by an                  with those objectives and the intentions
– and all sharing the same vision for        Advancement Committee that includes              of the alumni donors.
the School. The entities include the         at least one UTSAA Board member.                      I hope that this illustrates the types
UTS Board, the School operation led          Don Borthwick’s former role within the                   [continued on inside back cover]

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50 years of Houses tHe case for uts - Ensuring the school's viability for another century
Principal’s Message

     The Case for UTS                                                                                                     would identify the spirit and experi-
                                                                                                                          ences of UTS as the root of success. It
                                                                                                                          is remarkable how many alumni feel
                                                                                                                          they really came into their own during

                     e’ve spent the past year in                             urban or suburban, wealthy or of mod-        their UTS years, rather than, as is com-
                     consultations of various                                est means, blessed or not with won-          monly the case, later in life during their
                     kinds with members of the                               derful facilities, and so on. However        undergraduate or graduate years.
     UTS community. These have been                                          successful they were in getting it right          Unfortunately, a school with such
     part of our work on the Strategic Plan                                  in the past, there are always periods of     a record does not exist anywhere else
     and they have served two important                                      time in a school’s history when things       in Canada. It would be wonderful if
     purposes: first, to find out what the                                   falter: a struggling economy halts essen-    that were that not the case. It’s not that
     students, parents, employees, Board,                                    tial fundraising or erodes demand, a         we lack the demand or talent. Every
     UTSAA, and members of the OISE                                          leadership change destabilizes, or a         year, UTS is unable to find places for
     community thought was vital to UTS                                      tragic event paralyzes a school. But set-    students who would benefit from our
     and its future; and second, to gather                                   backs are not destiny. Schools recover,      school every bit as much as those we
     support for the emerging Vision and                                     often emerging as stronger entities as a     are able to admit and educate. The stu-
                              Mission of UTS.                                result of their struggles.                   dents we cannot take will probably go
                              In asking what                                       So it is with UTS. The last 15 years   on to realize their potential, but sadly,
                              UTS should pre-                                have been tough for the school, and the      they will do it without experiencing
                              serve or strive to                             trials have not been trivial. The disap-     the real secret of UTS: the exuber-
                              become, we have                                pearance of government funding seri-         ant cohort of peers whose talents are,
                              had to ask the                                 ously challenged the school’s identity       in the best sense of the word, viral.
                              more fundamental                               as a “public” institution. The Affiliation   Inspired and prodded by their teach-
                              question of what                               Agreement with the University, about         ers, they pick up in class, or from one
                              the school contrib-                            which much can be said that is posi-         another, whatever they need to know,
                              utes that justifies                            tive, still alters the fundamental rela-     sharing what they already know or can
           Robertson          its need for finan-                            tionship between UTS and Uof T. No           do in return. That’s how the intellectual
          Principal, UTS      cial support from                              wonder the school struggled with its         capital of the place spreads – each has
                              its constituencies.                            identity over a significant period of        something to offer and much to acquire.
     So I’m putting the case forward as I                                    time. Restoring and refining that iden-      Everyone is enriched as a result.
     see it, and I hope that the combined                                    tity has been the work of the Strategic           Much of what happens at UTS is
     wisdom of our readership will help us                                   Plan. Ensuring the school’s viability for    the result of the students and families
     make the case more strongly than I                                      another century is the work of us all.       who are attracted by such a school,
     have done here.                                                               Why should we do this work? We         and the policies governing competi-
          To offer a context for what follows,                               should do it because this UTS engine         tive entry and financial assistance that
     let me say a little about my own experi-                                of creativity and productivity needs to      ensure this wonderful mix of students
     ence with schools. I have spent 38 years                                be preserved. We should do it because        can be educated together at 371 Bloor.
     working in and with schools: as a teach-                                the school produces great gradu-             UTS is a crucible with all the strength
     er, as an administrator, and as a profes-                               ates and has done so for decades and         it needs to withstand the heat from
     sional with a deep interest in organi-                                  decades. You can’t evade the contribu-       within and, if you are an alum reading
     zational change, program delivery, and                                  tion UTS has made to Canada and the          this, you know about that heat: how it
     teaching practice. I believe that there                                 world – in public and private realms,        is at once consuming, volatile, and pre-
     is nothing more worthy of our attention                                 in arts and letters, and in every profes-    cious. But the reality is that we can’t
     than the quality of education in our                                    sion and walk of life where meaning-         withstand the heat from the outside
     country and what we can learn from                                      ful activity takes place. Locally and        without your belief in and commitment
     successful schools. There is no one                                     globally, our graduates continue to use      to another 100 years of UTS grads. l   R

     model of school success; schools who                                    their prodigious talents in ways that
     get it right can be single-sex or co-ed,                                make us proud. And to a person, each

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UTS Board Report

More Milestones for UTS
The future of 371 Bloor Street West moves into a new phase.

         his September marks another         not more than, it did 50 years ago.           Agreement. Although the University
         milestone for UTS, in that the           The House system had the effect          has no obligation to proceed with any
         school will be celebrating the      of deepening a sense of community at          proposal submitted by UTS, it will
50th anniversary of the House system.        times when the school was at the edge         be given good faith consideration if
This anniversary is of special signifi-      of serious financial crisis and through       it appears to meet the University’s
cance to me, because the House system        our most significant transitions. The         needs. This September, on the 50th
was formed in my last year at UTS and        year the Ontario government withdrew          anniversary of the House system, our
my class (1958) will also be celebrating     our funding, 1993, was one of those           Building Committee, chaired by David
its 50th anniversary this September.         transitional periods. At that time, the       Rounthwaite ’65, will be moving for-
                            Like many of     UTS family rallied behind the school          ward to prepare a proposal that will
                       the UTS traditions,   and ensured the survival of our most          meet our program and space needs,
                       the House system      precious traditions, vision, and mis-         as well as the needs of the University.
                       was by no means       sion. The Preserving the Opportunity          The Building Committee is not yet fully
                       a spur of the         Campaign was followed by an equally           formed; however, we are fortunate to
                       moment idea. It       impressive Preserving the Building            have Don Schmitt ’70 – a prominent
                       was first discussed   Campaign. Both generated serious              architect and principal of Diamond +
                       at a form captains’   volunteer interest and financial support      Schmitt Architects – serving on the
                       committee meet-       from our alumni, parents, and teachers.       committee. Joining him will be Uof T
     Bob Lord ’58      ing in 1957 and       Strong community support ensured              Professor and UTS board member Sujit
       chair, UTS      from the very         that we were able to continue to attract      Choudry ’88, UTS Principal Michaele
                       start, it was felt    the very best students                                         Robertson, and me.
that the system would engender closer
co-operation between the upper school
                                             and teachers. Most
                                             importantly, it ensured
                                                                            The university                       The redevelop-
                                                                                                            ment of 371 Bloor is a
and lower school, promote mentoring,         that we would be able         has now invited                  key component of our
bolster competition and team spirit
and create a greater feeling of unity
                                             to continue to provide
                                             deserving students with
                                                                            UTS to submit                   long-term strategic plan;
                                                                                                            securing the building
and fellowship among the students.           financial aid so that they   for consideration                 as a permanent home
Most importantly it was felt that the        could enjoy the privilege    a site redevelop-                 for UTS will require
House system would provide a “fam-
ily” with which students could identify
                                             of a UTS education.
                                                  The 50th anniversary
                                                                             ment plan.                     us to, once again, come
                                                                                                            together as a family. I
and encourage lifelong friendships that      of the House system coin-                                      am confident that, in
extended beyond one’s own class.             cides with another fortunate develop-         true UTS fashion, our alumni, parents,
     In this issue of The Root, you will     ment. Discussions with the University         students, and staff will do just that
find an excellent article on the House       of Toronto about the future of the 371        – rally in support of this very exciting
system written by Diana Shepherd             Bloor Street West site have moved into        opportunity. l R

’80. The article illustrates how what        a new phase. The University has now
was considered an experiment in 1958         invited UTS to submit for consideration
became (almost overnight) an integral        a site redevelopment plan.
part of school life. Today, the House             The UTS site redevelopment plan
spirit touches every corner of the stu-      proposal will be made according to
dent experience at UTS as much as, if        the procedures in the 2006 Affiliation

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Advancement Report

     A Hundred Reasons to Celebrate
     More than 70 volunteers are now on board and working hard.

               he countdown is on! Next                                      volunteer in the name of our hundredth        June, and we miss his daily presence at
               September marks the official                                  anniversary. Thank you, one and all, for      the school. There is no doubt that UTS
               kick-off of the UTS Centennial,                               giving so generously of yourselves.           is a better place today because of Don’s
     and we have at least 100 reasons to                                           You will see in the Centennial pages    leadership; we are grateful to him for
     celebrate!                                                              of The Root that we now have a solid          the tireless energy that he has put into
           Plans for our Centennial celebra-                                 plan in place to achieve our Centennial       planning and providing for UTS. Don
     tions are coming together beauti-                                       goal: to commemorate 100 years of             will continue his relationship with UTS
     fully under the leadership of UTS                                       UTS, by engaging all constituencies in        through his involvement as a Director
     Centennial Co-Chairs, Penny Harbin                                      celebrations of its traditions, achieve-      on the UTS Alumni Association and as a
                             ’78 and Cindia                                  ments, and academic distinctions, and         volunteer for the Centennial.
                             Chau-Boon (S5                                   to support the Vision and Mission of                With the new mission of the Office
                             parent). We are                                 UTS now and in the future. To learn the       of Advancement in place, as defined by
                             delighted that                                  most up-to-date information about the         the Memorandum of Understanding,
                             Christopher                                     Centennial, check out the UTS website         we have added two new staff members.
                             Alexander ’85                                   at www.utschools.ca or contact the            Joining Donna Vassel (Advancement
                             has accepted our                                UTS Office of Advancement.                    Assistant) and Caroline Kolch
                             invitation to be                                      This past year, the UTS Board of        (Communications Officer), I’m pleased
                             UTS Centennial                                  Directors created a new committee.            to introduce Amy Schindler (Senior
                             Honorary Chair,                                 The Advancement Committee, chaired            Development Officer) and Jennifer
         Martha Drake        and we look for-                                by UTS Director and par-                                      Orazietti (Alumni Affairs
        Executive Director,
           UTS office of
                             ward to welcom-
                             ing Chris back
                                                                             ent Nasir Noormohamed,
                                                                             is responsible for the
                                                                                                               We now have                 Officer). Amy supports
                                                                                                                                           fundraising for both the
                             to UTS during                                   general oversight of all         a solid plan in              UTSAA and the Schools
     the 2009-2010 Centennial year. Chris                                    advancement matters at          place to achieve              and Jennifer coordi-
     resides in Afghanistan, where he works                                  UTS. Encouraged by the                                        nates UTSAA activities.
     for the United Nations as one of two                                    fact that a core group of
                                                                                                              our Centennial               Jonathan Bright ’04 has
     Deputy Special Representatives of the                                   UTS alumni and friends              goal: to                  been a tremendous help
     Secretary General for Afghanistan.
           To date, more than 70 volunteers
                                                                             had made charitable
                                                                             bequest intentions to
                                                                                                              commemorate                  to our office over the
                                                                                                                                           past year, and, rounding
     are serving on the UTS Centennial                                       UTS, the committee’s            100 years of UTS.             out the alumni involve-
     Advisory Board or on one of the many                                    first task was to create an                                   ment in Advancement,
     committees mandated to create a plan                                    identity for a planned giving recognition     Diana Shepherd ’80 has joined us as
     for our Centennial. These alumni, stu-                                  society. In the annual report on donors,      Editor of The Root.
     dents, parents, past parents, staff, and                                you will see the inaugural listing of the           Thank you for your continued inter-
     retired staff have already dedicated                                    UTS Arbor Society for planned giving.         est and your support as donors, volun-
     a considerable amount of their time,                                    It feels good to be able to recognize and     teers, and advocates for UTS. Your con-
     energy, and ingenuity into preparing for                                thank our donors who have made future         tributions are noticed and appreciated,
     our school’s most auspicious milestone                                  provisions for UTS!                           and you do make a difference! l   R

     celebration. This impressive tally does                                       On the topic of contribution, I would
     not include any of you who have passed                                  be remiss if I did not say a word about
     along an idea or two, or helped enlist a                                Don Borthwick ’54. Don retired in

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proud         A look back at the first 50 years
               of the House system at UTS.
                           by diana shepherd ’80

        ike many UTS Alumni, you             literary, and academic competitions
        may be surprised to learn that       over the course of the school year.
        the House system was not             The types of competitions have
a facet of School life from the very         changed over the years – for instance,
beginning. The 1957-1958 school year         “literary” points are no longer
saw the creation of the four Houses;         awarded for Cadet Corps activities
although the popularity of the system        such as Artillery, Signals, or Officer’s
has waxed and waned more than once           Training – but all of the events pro-
over the last 50 years, those of us who      vide an opportunity for students to
spent our student days as members            interact with others outside their
of one of the four find it difficult to      class/grade. Since its inception in
imagine UTS without its Houses.              1970, the annual “New Student–
     Since 1957, the student body            Senior Student” weekend at Camp
has been divided vertically into four        Couchiching, for example, fosters
houses: Althouse (current symbol:            interaction between junior and senior
gator; colour: red), Cody (cougar paw;       students and helps to instill school
blue), Crawford (sword; yellow), and         spirit – both major goals for the origi-
Lewis (Viking helmet; green). The            nal founders of the House system.
House events and competitions pro-                Let’s take a look back at the early
vide interest and fun throughout the         days – as well as the path the system
year, and they also give the House           has traveled since then.
leaders valuable experience in plan-
                                               The Birth of the House System
ning and organization.
     House members participate in            “In the 1950s, UTS was a serious,
many kinds of intra-mural athletic,          diligent, dedicated, post-war school,”

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remembers Doug Davis ’58, Althouse’s                                          In 1960, the House executive          winning House or Houses.
     first Prefect. “In early 1957, some                                     expanded to include both Senior and               Cadet Corps activities were a
     seniors started to discuss the idea of a                                Junior Prefects, Athletic Reps, and         major source of House points in the
     House system modeled on those found                                     Literary Reps; today, each House            first decade. “We grew up during or
     in British schools. The idea was that the                               elects four executives: Prefect, Deputy     just after World War II,” Davis points
     students who didn’t play on the school                                  Prefect, and Literary and Athletic Reps.    out. “War was an important part of our
     teams would have an opportunity to                                            The first four Prefects were Doug     culture and learning experience at that
     participate in sports within the school.                                Davis ’58 (Althouse), Cam Fraser ’58        time.” Cadet Corps was not a volunteer
     In those days,” he points out, “com-                                    (Cody), the late Bill Kay ’58 (Crawford),   activity, he says. “The idea was that if
     petition in all facets of school life was                               and Jim Spence ’58 (Lewis). The             there was another war, we would be
     thought to be a very good thing, and                                    Founding Year Literary Reps were Pat        ready to fight.” Davis remembers that
     the House system was supposed to get                                    Saul ’62 (Althouse), Mike Vaughan ’58       there was a rifle range in the basement
     everyone involved and competing.”                                       (Cody), Pete Boake ’58 (Crawford), and      of the school, and all the boys learned
           The House system was also                                         Chris Chapman ’58 (Lewis); and the          how to shoot there. Davis was the
     designed to foster communication                                        first Athletic Reps were Mike Starr ’60     Lieutenant in charge of the Precision
     between the upper and lower grades.                                     (Althouse), Charles Baillie ’58 (Cody),     Squad in his grad year. “We learned
     Before the advent of the four Houses,                                   Dick Farr ’58 (Crawford), and Ian           how to put on a fantastic show – ‘one,
     “there was a definite stratification: peo-                              Sturdee ’59 (Lewis).                        two, three, four, present arms; one,
     ple socialized with their own grade,”                                         House points were awarded for         two, three, four, shoulder arms’ – with-
     says Davis. “The Houses encouraged                                      participation in Athletic and “Literary”    out looking like we were counting in
     communication up and down that oth-                                     (which was really a catchall for any-       our heads!” he laughs.
     erwise wouldn’t have taken place.”                                      thing that didn’t fall into the first
                                                                                                                            House System on the Wane
           In the fall of 1957, each House                                   category) competitions and events;
     elected a Prefect, an Athletic                                          1964 saw the addition of an Academic        A decade after its promising birth,
     Representative, and a Literary                                          category, meaning that there were now       interest in the House system began to
     Representative. “The great success                                      three Pennants to be awarded to the         wane. In the late ’60s, students every-
     of the House system in 1957-1958 per-
     suaded even the most sworn reactionar-
     ies that it was very worthwhile,” notes                                     “I ran in the House Track Meet in the 100-,
     an article on the House system in the
     1959 Twig. “Now beginning its third                                          200-, and 800-yard races dressed in a
     year, the House system is already a                                          bowler hat, Oxfords, carrying an umbrella,
     tradition. The tremendous spirit within
     each House is climbing, and UTS is                                           and wearing a tie held to my sweatshirt
     looking forward to another year of                                           with a Crawford Golden Knights pin.”
     intense competition to see which House
     emerges winner...”                                                                                                           – Jeffrey ball ’75

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where were rebelling against tradition       advent of co-education, however.               enjoyed House activities rather than
and authority; the House system could        “There seemed to be considerable               feeling driven to win at all costs.
be seen as a victim of the social revolu-    concern expressed by the Old Boys
                                                                                               First Female House Executives
tion sweeping through North America          who were worried that the UTS they
at the time. As counterculture guru          affectionately remembered so well              The 1976-77 school year saw the
Timothy Leary put it in 1966: “Turn          was to become something new and far            election of the first female House
on, tune in, drop out.”                      removed from what it had been in its           executives: Kirsten Abbot as Althouse
      “The failure of the House system       previous 60-odd years,” wrote John             Literary Rep and Beth Steinhauer as
to bridge the gap between divisions in       Tompkins ’74 and Michi Moriyama                Lewis Literary Rep. The following
the school and arrange student activi-       ’74, co-editors of the 1973-74 Twig.           year, Stephanie Hansen became the
ties is a prime example of the lack of            Many believe the influx of young          first female Athletic Rep (Althouse).
social consciousness on the part of          women breathed life into the ailing            In 1979-80, Sarah Bradshaw ’80 of
the student body as a whole,” wrote          House system. “I will add (at the risk of      Crawford and Jillian Lewis ’80 of
students David Glennie ’71 and Tom           treading on some anti-coeducation toes)        Cody became the first female Prefects
Hurka ’71 in the 1970-71 Twig. “The          that the girls, now well established,          in the school’s 70-year history.
House system depends on the support          are an aid – not detriment – to overall              Jillian Lewis – who won the “Year
and the school spirit of those within it     participation and school atmosphere,”          4 School Spirit Award” in 1980 and the
if it is not to rot away. This spirit must   wrote Althouse Prefect David Beattie           “Year 3 Award” (for bringing together
come from within the students them-          ’76 in the 1975-76 Twig. “The house            the senior and junior students) in 1979
selves – it cannot be shoved down their      system is still in good shape and has          – is now an elementary school principal
throats, as some have tried to do. It is     a place in the school,” he continued.          in Vancouver, BC. When asked about
part of the general malaise of the 60s,      “UTS is an unusual school, where a             her groundbreaking achievements
which UTS shared, that this sort of          feeling of community and closeness             – first female Prefect, and first Prefect
spirit was lacking and the role played       between the students exists, and where         of Caribbean heritage – she remem-
by the House system was ultimately           seniors interact comfortably and with-         bers that the daily experience of UTS
diminished.”                                 out condescension with students five or        was “very intense, and the pressure
      In the 1969-1970 school year,          six years younger.”                            to not only succeed but to excel was
all House positions except Prefect                In the same Twig, Graham Yost             enormous.” In a school where “excel-
were dropped; the following year, the        ’76, Crawford, pointed out that: “This         lence was the standard,” Lewis notes
Athletic and Literary Reps were added        year there was quite a de-emphasis of          that: “The academic experiences served
back into the House executive.               the importance of House Standings.             the need for mastery; extra-curricular
                                             The most important goal was enjoy-             opportunities (athletics, music, the-
   The Advent of Co-Education
                                             ment (granted, it is generally more fun        atre, art, journalism, science, debating,
On September 12, 1973, the first             to win than to lose).” This emphasis           math, etc.) served the need for mastery
female students were welcomed into           on “friendly” rather than “competi-            as well as the freedom to choose our
UTS with flowers from the male stu-          tion” helped to boost the popularity of        experiences; and the House system
dents. Not everyone welcomed the             the House system in the ’70s; students         served the need to have fun and the

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What’s in                                                                                     Two of the Houses have changed their symbols over
                                                                                                             the years – the Althouse Arabians become the Alligators
                                                                                                             in 1981 and the Lewis Longhorns became the Vikings in

               a name?
                                                                                                             1979 – but the House names have remained the same
                                                                                                             since 1957. The four Houses are named after men who
                                                                                                             played important roles in the school’s history.

         Educated at the University of Toronto,                  The Rev. Dr. Henry John Cody                  Professor H.J. Crawford was UTS’         The third Headmaster of UTS (from
         Dr. John G. Althouse (1889-1956)                        (1868-1951) was President of the              first Headmaster (from 1910 to 1923).    1934 to 1944), Dr. A.C. Lewis origi-
         became the second Headmaster of                         University of Toronto from 1932 to            A noted Classics scholar, exceptional    nally joined the UTS staff in 1928 as
         UTS in 1923, a post he occupied until                   1944. Although never a UTS head-              athlete, a renowned educator, and        a Science teacher; in 1930, he left
         1934. At that time he became Dean                       master, he is reported to have taken a        a former Principal of Riverdale          to become Principal of East York
         of the College of Education, then in                    keen interest in the school’s activities.     Collegiate, Crawford was considered      Collegiate. He was known as a master
         1944, Chief Director of Education for                   Several scholarships and prizes within        eminently suited to the task of steer-   administrator and organizer, amazing
         the Province of Ontario, and finally,                   the school are named after his son,           ing the new school through the first     those he knew with his energy and
         in 1948, President of the Canadian                      Maurice Cody, who attended UTS from           experimental years. His principles of    drive. In 1944, Dr. Lewis succeeded
         Education Association. He was a keen                    1910-1914, and who drowned during             sound, honest work and fair play were    Dr. Althouse as Dean of the College of
         scholar and a man of driving energy.                    an arctic expedition in July 1927.            built into the foundations of UTS.       Education until 1958.

     need to belong.                                                           vided a very important forum in which                         occur to me,” Lewis continues. “It was
          “The House system offered respite                                    the younger students got to know the                          only afterwards that I realized that
     from the academic pressure and                                            larger-than-life personalities of the                         another significant gender barrier in our
     encouraged us to have fun and to be,                                      senior students who filled the halls,                         school’s history had been tossed aside.
     more often than not, silly,” she contin-                                  and to get a glimpse of the future,” she                      It became even more meaningful for
     ues. “In an environment that could be                                     points out. “But I think the House sys-                       me when I had the opportunity to for-
     highly competitive, the house system                                      tem was also significant for the senior                       mally welcome to the school Lieutenant
     fostered camaraderie and belonging.                                       students because it instilled in us the                       Governor Pauline McGibbon, the
     Even though there was competition                                         notion of taking responsibility for                           first female to represent the Queen
     among the houses, it was largely frivo-                                   those who follow.                                             anywhere in the Commonwealth. Of
     lous. The emphasis was on involvement                                          “As for being one of the first female                    course, it was inevitable that, once the
     and engagement with each other.”                                          Prefects in the history of the school, at                     doors to the school were opened to
          Lewis points out that a great                                        the time of the elections, it didn’t really                   females, we would one day assume posi-
     strength of the House system was and
     is that it provided opportunities for
     students from F1 to S6 (then called                                              “Being a new student at UTS, I feel that
     Grade 7 to Level 4) to be engaged
     with one another. “I can’t think of                                               being part of the House system has made
     another aspect of school life that, by                                            my life less overwhelming. It gives me
     definition, had representation from
     every grade,” she says. “I saw strength-                                          the opportunity to destress, because
     ening the bond between the older and                                              it’s all about having fun.”
     younger students as central to my role
     as Prefect. The House system pro-                                                                                                    – Julie-anne Ghaznavi ’01

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tions of leadership alongside our male                 Steele has a “big picture” perspective.
peers. In that regard, I am exceedingly                “Working on my grad project con-
proud to have been a trailblazer.”                     firmed that the greatest strengths of
                                                       the House system are integrating stu-
   The end of the 20th century
                                                       dents of all ages and offering incredible
In the mid ’80s, the House system lost                 leadership opportunities. The system
momentum for a second time. The                        allows communication and interaction
Valedictory in the 1985 Twig highlight-                between grades that would otherwise
ed the lack of interest in the system,                 not exist,” he points out. “It nurtures
stating that: “The continued existence                 students with different strengths, tal-
of the house system is one of the mys-                 ents, and backgrounds – all of which
teries of UTS. Few people like it; most                are recognized through participation in
agree there are significant problems                   House events.”
with its structure; no one can agree
                                                           Looking to the next 50 years
why it’s around in the first place; and
yet everyone pushes it because we’ve                   The House system celebrated its 50
been too lazy to find a viable working                 anniversary this year; after five decades
alternative.”                                          of ups and downs, House spirit is alive
      Some critics questioned whether                  and well at UTS. A glance through the
UTS should maintain a system gener-                    2008 Twig tells the story well.
ally associated with exclusive private                      “I’ll never forget the extraordinary
schools at a time when UTS was trying                  performances, louder-than-life cheers,
to demonstrate that it was an open and                 ridiculous posts on the Althouse confer-
accessible place.                                      ence, and your red painted faces. Even
      Enthusiasm for the House system                  though we’re going our separate ways,
began to grow again in the late ’80s                   we’ll always have that white and red
with a return to the founders’ vision:                 pride.”
that it would build a bridge between the                    – Megan Yap ’08, Althouse Prefect
lower and upper schools by providing                        “You have always amazed me with
light-hearted, friendly competitions and               your spirit and enthusiasm. Thank you
other events in which everybody was                    for an amazing six years, Crawford
encouraged to participate.                             will sorely miss you [Crawford Class of
      “The House system was the most                   2008]. [To F1 Crawford] Keep giving us
important part of my time at UTS,”                     your great house spirit – and make sure
asserts Jimmy Steele ’99, Crawford’s                   you pass it on to future Crawfordites!”
Literary Rep in 1997-1998 and Prefect                    – Ryan Bradley ’08, Crawford Prefect
in 1998-1999. “Like many others, I                          “…whether we were outdistancing
found the early years at UTS to be                     the other houses during House Cross
overwhelming at times, but the uncon-                  Country Run, or racking up the points
ditional support and encouragement                     during House Jeopardy, I felt proud
I received from my House executive                     to belong to the Lewis family. [To F1
allowed me to find my place in the                     Lewis] I could not have asked for a
school. Without that support, I don’t                  more spirited and dedicated group of
think I would be the person – and edu-                 young warriors… since Cooch, I knew
cator – I am today.”                                   that you would provide the reinforce-
      Steele – who now teaches French,                 ments needed to make Lewis a force to
German, and Spanish at Georges                         be reckoned with.”
Vanier Secondary School in Toronto                     – Jeffrey Kuperman ’08, Lewis Prefect
– credits the skills he acquired as
Lit Rep and Prefect for helping him                    With thanks to Jimmy Steele ’99 for
develop into his role as a teacher. His                his “History of the House System” grad
S6 grad project was to research the                    project, which provided the foundation
first 40 years of the House system, so                 for this article. l

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