Founded in FaithOver 60 Years of History
From our inception in 1963 until the recent anniversary celebrations for our 60th Year, TDChristian has been a place of ‘learning for service in light of God’s word.’
We are thankful to God for the faithfulness of many people throughout the years who have supported TDChristian. This kind of support helps us to continue to grow and thrive.
We invite you to scroll through some highlights from our history below.
Explore Our Journey
TDChristian Celebrates 60 years
TDChristian enters its 60th year. Celebrates include a special concert featuring music directors from TDChristian’s past and present, an alumni hockey game, and an evening celebration of God’s goodness.
The Fire Hall Thrift Store opens for online sales. The retail experience increases as COVID pandemic restrictions lessen.
Project 20/20 is completed. The building is 20% larger. It includes a stunning front entrance and foyer, a Learning Commons, a Presentation Centre, a lecture-sized classroom, and basement facilities storage.
Phase 2 of Project 20/20 begins.
The Phase 1 Project 20/20 begins. The parking lot and entrance into the school are reworked for better safety and traffic flow. More solar panels are also added to the school roof. A time capsule is placed in locker 43 which is to be opened in 2043, year 80 of the school.
The fire hall is officially transferred over to TDChristian. A generous donor also donates an adjacent property on Kipling Avenue.
Project 20/20, the school’s sixth major building project, launches. The Class of 2016 consisting of 130 students becomes the largest in TDChristian’s history.
TDChristian Celebrates 50 years
A black box theatre/classroom is completed on the north side of the commons room and a new sound booth is built on the south wall adjacent to the communications technology classroom.
TDChristian celebrates Year 50 with many events – thanking God for the hundreds of supporters who faithfully contributed to making Christian secondary school education a reality and continuing presence in the GTA. God is good!
The school buys the adjacent Vaughan fire hall property (which it officially takes possession of in 2017 when the fire fighters move out).
Project 2010 (2008-2010)
A substantial solar panel array is installed on the school’s roof. TDChristian begins feeding energy back to the provincial power grid.
TDChristian completes Project 2010, early and on budget. The expansion to the back of the building (west side) increases the building size by more than 20 percent, to approximately 75,000 square feet. Incorporating many green features and the latest innovations in education, Project 2010 features state of the art science, chemistry, physics, and biology rooms, a dedicated Environmental Block classroom, and expanded art and music rooms.
TDChristian Celebrates 45 Years and Embraces the Future
The stakeholders and supporters of TDChristian celebrate God’s faithfulness to the school for the past 45 years. They are introduced to “Embracing the Future: Project 2010,” a campaign which will fund a facility expansion to create more space for the arts and sciences.
TDChristian High School Launches International Co-op Program (2006-2007)
Inspired by the school theme “The Gift of the Stranger,” students participate in a two-week Drama Tour to China in July, go on the first-ever International Co-op Trip (to Belize for three months), and a March Break trip to Nicaragua in partnership with World Wide Christian Schools.
A decision is made to explore partnering with Hamilton District Christian High School to offer a co-op program in Belize.
Project 2000 (1999-2005)
The mortgage is burned at the Fall Membership Meeting and the new parking lot is completed.
A second piece of land is purchased on the east side of the property and plans are made for expanding the parking lot.
A fitness centre and health classroom are added to the north side of the gym. A balcony is added on the north side of the commons room. Single tall lockers are replaced with double-stacked lockers so that counters with computers can be installed in the hallways. Vacant land adjacent to the school is purchased.
The gym floor is replaced and a new kitchen completed.
The remaining section of pre-1980 construction is demolished, renewed, and expanded to provide new commons room that doubles as a space for drama productions and assemblies. A communications technology room, and studio along with additional classroom space are also added. The school is expected to reach its capacity of 450 students by the fall of 2002.
Most of the pre-1980 section of the building is gutted and redone, including the replacement of the roof, windows, insulation, and lighting and heating systems. Air conditioning is added.
Plans are made to renovate and expand the facility to provide an enhanced learning environment for preparing teens for service in the 21st century.
A decision is made to make technology accessible throughout the school.
Renewed Vision (1994)
Ren Siebenga becomes Principal. Under his leadership in November, TDChristian stakeholders come together to envisage a new future, set new goals, and renew the vision of the school. Over 100 students, parents, alumni, staff, board members, committee members, pastors, chapter representatives, elementary school board members, supporters, and church members participated.
Time for Transition (1986-1993)
The school was filled to capacity with about 400 students.
TDChristian celebrated its 25th anniversary with a grand series of events.
Steady Growth (1965-1986)
Preparing teenagers to serve in God’s world became increasingly complex as society quickly changed. Additional facilities were built to meet the challenge.
Building additions and changes facilitated the teaching of industrial arts, home economics, music, computer skills and typing; offices for guidance counselling were also built. The additions were finished in early 1987.
Grade 13 is added to the school.
Bill Barneveld becomes Principal. Under his leadership TDChristian clarifies its educational vision by further developing the staff and expanding the curriculum.
A commons room, library, art room, two classrooms, washrooms, and a staff room are added to the south part of the existing building.
Four extra classrooms are built on the south part of the existing building.
The brand new school opens with eight classrooms and a gymnasium to educate 130 students from Grades 9 to 12.
The “Holland Action” campaign raises $30,000, which is used to help buy a beautiful fifteen-acre site on Kipling Avenue in Woodbridge. The “Trowel Action ’64” campaign generates $115,000 of the $150,000 needed to construct a school building.
TDChristian opens as a parent-controlled school in the basement of Second Christian Reformed Church of Toronto. Classes start for 49 Grade 9 and 10 students with the hope of a new campus and building in the near future.
The Toronto District Association for Christian Secondary Education was founded. The seeds of TDChristian were planted by bold visionaries in the 1950s after several Christian elementary schools were established.