Explore a timeline of the most important events in the 50 year history of the York Catholic District School Board.

Joe Hodge appointed the first Superintendent of the new Board

1968

First Board of Trustees Elected

1968

Pioneer Trustees elected on December 2, 1968, including 12 men and two women: John Mahoney (Aurora), Robert Simpson (East Gwillimbury), Peter Van Dyk (King), Dr. William LaCroix (Markham Township), June Mallon (Markham Township), Gordon McMahon (Markham Township), Donald Ferguson (Markham Village), Trevor Phippard (Newmarket), John Miskimmin (North Gwillimbury-Georgina), John LeClaire (Richmond Hill), John Taylor (Richmond Hill), John McDermott (Whitchurch), Eugene Jacobs (Vaughan-Woodbridge) and Noreen Lee (Vaughan-Woodbridge).

York County Roman Catholic Separate School Board (YCRCSSB) established

1969

York County Roman Catholic Separate School Board (YCRCSSB) becomes one of the first school boards in Canada to offer fully subsidized Religious Education Course, Part One for teachers.

1970

First Joint York Region Roman Catholic Separate School Board and York County School Board Science Fair

1970

The fair showcased the best student projects from different schools in the two school boards. Winners of the popular annual contest were awarded ribbons.

John Zupancic appointed Director of Education

1973

The Board receives approval from the Ontario Government to change its name to The York Region Roman Catholic Separate School Board

1974

Adoption of a New Board Logo

1975

In the 1974-75 school year, Bob Bilyk, the principal of St. Mary Immaculate in Richmond Hill developed a logo for his school. The logo best symbolized Catholic education and was adopted by the Board. Over the years, the logo evolved to represent excellence in Catholic education.  

First French Language School Established in Newmarket

1977

The Board’s first French-language school was designated in 1977 at St. John Chrysostom Hall In Newmarket with Frank Seeley as the first principal.

First French School Given the Name École Élémentaire Catholique Saint-Jean

1979

In 1979, the name of the Board’s first French school was changed to École Élémentaire Catholique Saint-Jean, with Maurice Gareau as principal. The first Grade 8 French First language class graduated in June 1983. 

Premier Bill Davis announces full funding for Ontario Catholic secondary schools. The Board adds Grades 11 and 12 to its high schools

1984

Further Expansion of French-Language Schools

1985

Between 1985 and 1997, the French Language Section of the YRRCSSB established two Catholic elementary schools-École Élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys and École Élémentaire Catholique Le-Petit-Prince along with one secondary school, École Secondaire Catholique Renaissance.

Celeste Pelliccione (Area 1, Markham) becomes the first female Chair of the Board

1985

Frank Bobesich appointed Director of Education

1988

Construction of the Catholic Education Centre Begins

1991

In September 1991, the construction of a multipurpose building to consolidate all board-level personnel and services begins.

Official Opening and Blessing of the Catholic Education Centre

1993

Susan LaRosa appointed as the first female Director of the YRRCSSB

1997

The Board is renamed the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB)

1999

Establishment of the York Catholic Parent Involvement Committee

2008

Introduction of Full Day Kindergarten

2010

Full Day Kindergarten introduced at 14 schools in the York Catholic District School Board.

Associate Director Patricia Preston appointed Director of Education

2013

Introduction of the first YCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan

2014

Ab Falconi appointed Director of Education

2018