Oshawa High Schools 1921 – 1967

Central Collegiate Institute

This was the second high school to be erected in Oshawa. The attendance in the O.C.V.I had out grown the accommodation there. The Central Collegiate is built on the site of Bishop Bethune College, which was the original T.N. Gibbs home. Mr. H.E. Murphy was the first principal[1], and he had been head of the English department in the O.C.V.I.

Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate

The Dr. F.J. Donevan College was built in 1958. It is situated on Harmony Road South and accommodates the students in that part of the city. It was named for Dr. Donevan who was a physician in this city for a number of years. He was a veteran of World War I. His wife, who was a nurse in that war, was very active in Red Cross work here in World War II. Dr. Donevan was on the Board of Education for a number of years where he was an ardent worker. Mr. N. Sisco was the first principal in the school. He was followed by Mr. A. B. Woods, who was appointed Inspector of Secondary Schools this year[2]. “The school was also furnished with a spacious gymnatorium, two home economics rooms, two industrial arts rooms, four laboratories for science, a business machines room, typing and book-keeping rooms, a cafeteria, and twenty standard classrooms.”[3]


It had a beautiful assembly hall with a stage completely fitted up for producing plays. It is the first school here in the city to have such equipment. Mr. R.V. Sheffield is the principal[4].

Construction began in 1964 and the official opening was on November 17th, 1966. Premier John Roberts addressed the students. The $3 500 000 structure included 19 regular classrooms, 10 commercial classrooms and shop rooms, 9 workshops,  2 gymnasiums and a sloping auditorium.[5]

R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate

After the R.S McLaughlin Collegiate was built in 1962 the machine shops from the O’Neill Collegiate were moved to it. Those rooms formerly used at the O.C.V.I for manual training have since then been turned into classrooms. Some manual training is still carried on there, but the main shops are in the McLaughlin and Eastdale schools. This plan was thought to be more economical by the Board of Education. The principal, Mr. George Roberts, was appointed superintendent of Secondary education in Oshawa in 1965. He was followed by Mr. S.T. Finbow, who is there at present (1967)[6].

[1] Patricia Lepine is the current Principal.

[2] Dr. F.J. Donevan’s last graduating class was June 2010. The students were being merged and sent to Eastdale as of September 2010.

[3] D. Ross. P. 187

[4] Mary Shea is the current Principal.

[5] D. Ross. P. 188

[6] Shelley Van Driel is the current Principal



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