Originally the site of local developer Frederick Davidson's 'Brookwood' estate, the estate house was demolished to be redeveloped in 1961 as the Kingsmill Vocational Collegiate (named after the Old 'King's' Mill). In 1989 Kingsmill Collegiate was one of several to be declared surplus by the Etobicoke Public School Board because of low enrollment and was transferred to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) which reopened the school as Bishop Allen Academy during a period of reorganisation of the Catholic school boards after the extension of full funding to Catholic secondary schools. The area had previously been served by Etobicoke's first Catholic secondary schools in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish; Michael Power school for boys and St. Joseph's, Islington for girls which, having combined, moved from the area in the 1990s.
Many immigrant families had arrived in Toronto during the post war years including many Eastern Europeans, especially Byzantine Catholic Ukrainians, who made Etobicoke their home and whose descendants form a large part of the student body at Bishop Allen. The school is one of few in Toronto that has continued to grow during a period of falling student... Read More