Season 3 Episode 1 - “Can’t Live With ‘Em Part I”
Borden High - The first day of Grade 9 Science at a ‘real’ high school
In my initial layout of where each location is on a map of Toronto, I placed this location hastily, and didn’t realize that I had it wrong until I had ridden all the way to the wrong place. Luckily there was another location I needed to shoot close by. so that wasn’t a total waste of an afternoon.
When I got home I began to reexamine the limited information in the few frames available. Without much to go on, I decided to try a different route to narrow my search. My interest in the past is shared by many Torontonians, as proven by the Vintage Toronto Facebook page started by Bill Stevenson. On the page Bill has compiled more photos of this city than I am prepared to count, but importantly he has categorized them into albums by neighborhood, and lucky for me, one album is strictly dedicated to schools. I began scrolling through the images for the most castle-like buildings the TDSB had to offer, and after several drops on Google Streetview, I had what I was looking for.
Northern Secondary School, 851 Mount Pleasant Rd, is the location of Borden High. The first image was shot from the southwest corner of Mt Pleasant and Roehampton Ave. The second is from Episode 15, but serves to provide a little more information about the front facade, and is shot from just south of Broadway Ave, on Mt. Pleasant. Other than some serious tree growth and the changing of a few telephone poles this school looks unchanged form the outside, matching up my images to stills from the show was easy.
If you’re going to visit: Quiet in the halls, there are other classes in session.