Transcript: Central Technical School | Jun 28, 1988

In a black and white clip fast action clip, several male high school students sit at desks and write an exam. A yellow text reads “Ontario Retrospect: Central Tech.”

A worker uses a metal machine to drill a hole in a wooden plank.


The male Narrator says CENTRAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL

WELCOMED ITS FIRST STUDENTS

IN SEPTEMBER OF 1915.

WHOLLY FINANCED BY THE

CITIZENS OF TORONTO, THE

SCHOOL'S INCEPTION WAS

OVERSEEN BY ITS

FIRST PRINCIPAL,

Dr. ALEXANDER McKAY.

STARTING WITH JUST OVER

ONE THOUSAND DAY STUDENTS,

THE SCHOOL HAD FULL

FACILITIES FOR LESSONS

IN THEORY AND PRACTICE.

THE GROWTH OF THE CITY AND ITS

VARIOUS INDUSTRIES HAD LED

TO AN INCREASING NEED FOR

BETTER EDUCATED APPRENTICES.

Dr. McKAY, IN HIS SPEECH AT

THE SCHOOL'S OPENING, STRESSED

THE ALL-ROUND EDUCATION THAT

THE SCHOOL WAS TO GIVE.

THE COMPETITION FOR THE

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF THE

SCHOOL HAD CALLED FOR

TWENTY WORKSHOPS FOR THE

BUILDING TRADES ALONE.

HERE, PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

COULD BE GAINED IN ORDER TO

FIND OUT THE PUPIL'S

BEST APTITUDES.


The young boys pour molten lead on a metal pipe and mold it.


The Narrator continues AS WELL AS FACTORY TECHNIQUES,

HOUSEHOLD TRADES SUCH AS

PLUMBING WERE TAUGHT WHICH

ALLOWED THE BOYS TO PRACTICE

SUCH KNACKS AS HOW TO MAKE

A GOOD SEAL ON A PIPE

USING MOLTEN LEAD.

Some girls use laboratory tools to conduct experiments.



The Narrator continues VARIOUS LABORATORIES WERE ALSO

USED FOR SCIENTIFIC CLASSES.

THESE CLASSES WERE

CO-EDUCATIONAL IN MAKEUP,

AND MADAME CURIE'S RECENT

EXAMPLE WAS HELD UP TO

THE GIRLS TO EXHORT THEM TO

GREATER EFFORTS IN SCIENCE.


Some students develop photos in the darkroom.


The Narrator continues DARKROOM FACILITIES WERE ALSO

AVAILABLE TO TRAIN STUDENTS

IN THE DEVELOPING

PHOTOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY.


Some woman sit in a line at a narrow table and sew clothes by hand.


The Narrator continues BUT THE AREA USED PRIMARILY BY

THE GIRLS WAS THE HOUSEHOLD

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT.

HERE, ALL KINDS OF

DRESSMAKING CLASSES WERE

WELL ATTENDED.

TWO HIGH SCHOOL COURSES WERE

OFFERED WHEN THE SCHOOL OPENED:

ONE TO HELP FIT THE

GIRLS FOR A TRADE,

THE OTHER IN HOME ECONOMICS.



Some female students make clap pots and sculptures.

The Narrator continues THE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

WERE HIGHLY PRAISED BY

THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS.

ONE OF WHICH COMMENTED THAT A

GREAT FEATURE OF THE CLASSROOM

IN THIS AREA IS THEIR

SIMPLICITY, FINE PROPORTIONS

AND THE SPLENDID LIGHTING

WHICH WILL BE A GREAT BOON

TO EVENING CLASSES.

EVENING CLASSES AT CENTRAL

TECH WERE EXTREMELY POPULAR

AND OVER TWO THOUSAND

PUPILS ENROLLED IN 1915.

THIS WAS BELOW THE CAPACITY

OF THE SCHOOL AT FIRST,

BUT BY 1925 THAT FIGURE

HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED TO

AN ENROLLMENT OF 5,800 FOR

THE EVENING CLASSES ALONE.

BY THIS TIME, THE VALUE OF THE

EDUCATION OFFERED AT CENTRAL

TECH HAD BEEN UNIVERSALLY

RECOGNIZED AND MORE TECHNICAL

SCHOOLS WERE BEING BUILT IN

OTHER PARTS OF THE GROWING

CITY TO HANDLE THE INCREASING

DEMANDS FOR TUITION.


A young student uses plaster to mold a sculpture.


The Narrator continues IN THE DAY COURSES THE GENERAL

AND SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL CLASSES

EXTENDED OVER A THREE-

OR FOUR-YEAR PERIOD.

DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS

50 PERCENT OF THE TIME WAS

DEVOTED TO PRACTICAL

SHOP WORK.

IN 1928, A COURSE IN AIRCRAFT

MECHANICS WAS STARTED AT

THE SCHOOL WHICH WAS

IMMEDIATELY POPULAR.

THIS COURSE WAS ENCOURAGED BY

THE BUILDING OF THE ISLAND

AIRPORT AND, LATER, BY THE

INCREASING WAR EFFORT.

ALONG WITH THE INDUSTRIAL

CLASSES, THERE WAS A FOUR-YEAR

MATRICULATION COURSE THAT

MET REQUIREMENTS FOR

UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE.


Some men type on old typewriters.


The Narrator continues ONE OF THE PRACTICAL COURSES

WAS THAT OFFERED IN NEWSPAPER

PRINTING AND ASSEMBLY.

IN 1926, THE LAST YEAR OF

Dr. McKAY'S TENURE AT THE

SCHOOL, THE STUDENTS FOUNDED

THEIR OWN MAGAZINE CALLED

“THE VULCAN” WHICH IS THE

REPOSITORY OF MUCH OF

CENTRAL TECH'S HISTORY.


A young woman eats pastries.


The Narrator continues BUT THE PROOF OF THE

PUDDING IS IN THE EATING,

WHICH MIGHT BE A MOTTO FOR

THE DOMESTIC SCIENCE COURSE.

THE HONOURS AND DISTINCTIONS

THAT MANY OF THE PUPILS OF THE

CENTRAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL

HAVE ACHIEVED IS A TRIBUTE

TO THE EDUCATION

THEY RECEIVED THERE.

Against a black background, a text reads “Ontario Retrospect: Central Tech. Material courtesy of National Film Archives, Ottawa.”



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