HISTORY OF WHITEFIELD
In September 1989, Whitefield Christian Academy opened its doors in the basement of Toronto Free Presbyterian Church at 1355 Warden Avenue, just south of Ellesmere Road. The first enrolment numbered sixteen pupils, ranging from SK to Grade 5, under the oversight of Principal Ruth Slade, assisted by Mrs. Jill Saunders. On that first day, Dr. Frank McClelland, founder and president, saw his vision for Christian education become a reality.
By the second year, the school enrolment had doubled, new staff were added as well as two new grades, JK and Grade 6. A substantial gift from the McComb family made it possible to purchase the Butternut Learning Centre from Mrs. Coombs (wife of Ernie Coombs, "Mr. Dress-Up", popular children's television personality). Located on Finch Avenue East, just west of Neilson Road, it was ideal to accommodate the student body which had doubled again by the third year of operation.
By 1994, the "McComb Building" was becoming too small for the student population of over one hundred , and the senior students had to relocate in the new adjacent church building. In 1995, Whitefield Christian Collegiate Institute commenced as a registered high school with the Ministry of Education in Ontario. Mr. Don Morley was its first vice-principal, succeeded by Mr. Robin Cleland.
A new school building was completed in 1999 which comprised grades 4-12, as well as additional facilities such as a double gymnasium, twelve classrooms, art room, science lab, computer lab, music room, industrial room, offices, kitchen, and an upper level auditorium. Today, there are about 40 staff members (full- and part-time) and about 250 students.
Since 1999, Whitefield has been graduating students, many of whom are honourable Christian men and women making a difference in their communities, both in Canada and across the world, as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, business people, teachers, designers, engineers, and more.
Putting God first has always been a priority at Whitefield. God has given us thirty years of His blessing and wonderful provision. Therefore, we trust Him for the future, and pray continually that every student that comes through Whitefield's doors will not only excel in this life, but ultimately will come to know Jesus Christ personally and be prepared for eternity.