Our History

 

front view of school

We acknowledge that our school is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haundenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. The current school building is near the corner of Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street. The street that is now know as Broadview Avenue (formerly Mill Road), was part of a system of trails established by Indigenous peoples. In 1799, a road called the "Mill Road" was opened following an existing Indigenous trail. It was built to connect the bridge at the Bay Road (now called Queen Street)  to the mill at  to Pottery Road (Don Mills and later called the Mills at Todmorden). In 1884, when the City of Toronto annexed the area of Don Mount, the section of "Mill Road" south of Danforth is renamed Broadview Avenue.

 

Dundas street map

Dundas Street was created in 1795 by Surveyor General D.W. Smith, was also built along a well used indigenous path. 

In the late 1800s, archeologist David Boyle, of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), excavated the remains of Indigenous settlements and burial sites just north of the school along Broadview Avenue. The site had been disturbed during roadwork. The objects found ranged in date from 8000 BCE to "post-contact" times. 

 

slat tools

They included slate tools ( 8000 to 1000 BCE), Anishinaabe baskets (1000 BCE-1000 CE), and Haudenosaunee graves (1000-1650) and post contact trade goods (e.g., brass ornament). This includes the oldest confirmed artifact from Toronto housed in the ROM collections, a slate projectile point with one barb broken. Many additional objects such as a bird amulet, axes, adzes, drills, scrapers, bone heads, an awl, and a pottery pipe were sold to the Dominion Museum in Ottawa.

The history of the school itself dates back to it's founding in 1889 when we were known as Hamilton Street School. Hamilton Street School's students began attending in March of 1890 with 492 pupils enrolled and eight rooms. On January 5, 1904, the building was destroyed by fire. 

Children attended school in the Sunday school classrooms of neighbouring churches until the new school was built on our present site. On March 17, 1904 the Board purchased new site on Broadview Avenue. On Dec 1, 1904 the name changed to “Queen Alexandra School” after the wife of King Edward VII.  Queen Alexandra School was officially opened on December 1, 1905 and was named for the Queen of England at that time - Queen Alexandra.  The old building, on Broadview Avenue, was built in 1905 and demolished in 1956. 

 

1929 Fire-drill Queen Alexandra School Broadview-Avenue

 The school grounds were enlarged, and another building called the "Queen Alexandra Annex" was added in 1918. This was also the year that by October 16, 1918, boards of health across the province ordered all public places, including schools closed due to the Spanish Flu pandemic. "The Annex" is still standing and is now part of Dundas Public School. 

 

1930 Queen Alexandra

 

 The "Queen Alexandra Annex" also housed Kâpapâmahchakwêw-Wandering Spirit School (formerly called First Nations School of Toronto) from 1989 until 2017 when they moved to their new site on Phin Avenue. The current "new" Queen Alexandra Middle School building was opened in 1957, and Queen Alexandra became a senior school. The corner stone contains a time capsule. The school celebrated their 100th Anniversary on April 29, 2006.

 

Wandering Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 


front view of school


A new wing was added in 1969, and in 1978 part of the north wing was converted for use by the Superintendents' Area 4 Office staff. In 1980, Area 5 Offices also moved into the school and in that summer the school yard was landscaped. In the early stages of our history, there were multiple grade arrangements for classes. In 1959, Queen Alexandra became a strictly senior school with only grades 7 and 8.

 

students

 

In 1969, we became a middle school with grades 6, 7, and 8. This was the first and only middle school in the former Toronto Board of Education. When the Area 5 Offices closed, SEED North America's oldest public alternative secondary school moved from their YMHA  site to the north wing of Queen Alexandra M.S. SEED is a small  Grade 11 and 12 university level program that started in 1968 as a community-based summer program called (Summer of Experience, Exploration, and Discovery). On March 13, 2020 through a  Ministerial Order , all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including Queen Alexandra M.S., were physically closed to students during a pandemic as part of ongoing efforts to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). During the pandemic, classes continued remotely (online) until June 29, 2020, and parents had the option of face-to-face or remote learning in September of 2020.  

 

We Miss You

 

Principals of Queen Alexandra Public School

1895-1925 John Wallis 

 

John Wallis


1926-1930 Frank M. Scott 
1931-1951 Waddington Mason 
1952-1955 Daniel Mewhort 
1956-1958 James E. Laughlin 
1959-1962 Lorne M. Shaw 
1963-1968 Sydney J. Burchell 
1969-1982 William Buddenhagen 
1983-1988 Murray Anderson 
1988-1992 Lorna Campbell 
1993-1999 Michael Dowler 
1999-2001 Linda Campbell 
2001-2007 Hana Maire 
2007-2010 Linda Perez / Dori Mould (acting) 
2010-2012 Lisa Handiak
2013-2018 Emma Nichols
2018-present Mervi Salo 

 

We are proud of our history and invite you to visit our school. The permanent historical display of writings, drawings, and photographs are on the second floor.

historical background plaque

Queen Alexandra public shool historical background

Queen Alexandra (1844 - 1925)


Born in Copenhagen, the second child of King Christian IX of Denmark. In 1866, she was betrothed to the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The wedding took place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor on March 10, 1863. At the time of her wedding she became the Princess of Wales until the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902. At this point she became Queen-Consort of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Nations (including Canada). They had 5 children, two sons and three daughters, King George V (reigned from 1910-1936). Queen Alexandra was the great grandmother to our current H.M.H. Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Alexandra died in 1925 at Sandringham in her eighty-first year, and is commemorated by an annual Alexandra Rose Day that raises money for hospitals. Queen Alexandra is resting at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.

 

WWI & WWII

Queen Alexandra Middle School honours our fallen graduates from WWI and WWII.
Plaques are displayed in our front lobby.


Queen Alexandra

Memory of the former publics of Queen Alexandra school

 

Certificate of Appreciation to staff and students at Hamilton Street School (former name of Queen Alexandra M.S.). It was awarded to students and staff for courage and wisdom shown during the fire that destroyed the school, January 5, 1904.

 

1904 Certificate appreciation fire