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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
50th Anniversary Celebrations at HCDSB!

This school year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).

In celebration of HCDSB's 50th Anniversary, a number of events and activities are planned to celebrate our journey in faith as a Catholic education community!

Quick Facts:

  • HCDSB currently serves more than 36,000 students across 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and 3 continuing education sites.​​​
  • Our HCDSB roots trace back to 1856, when Fr. Morgan Rex-Ryan founded St. Mary School, the first Catholic elementary school in Oakville.
  • In 1969, provincial legislation mandated the consolidation of school boards across Ontario. The municipal school boards of Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville amalgamated to become the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
  • ​​In 1974, a regional government arrived in Halton, changing Halton County to the Regional Municipality of Halton. The ‘county’ was dropped from our school board’s name, leaving Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
  • At the Board’s 25th Anniversary in 1994, there were nearly 20,000 students enrolled in Kindergarten to OAC (Grade 13). 
  • In 1997, the ‘Fewer School Boards Act’ came into effect, and English-language and French-language schools were separated into two school boards:

  • 1. Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board became the English-language Separate District School Board in Halton;
    2. Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud was established as the French-language Catholic school board.

  • In 1998, the Board was renamed to the Halton Catholic District School Board. ​​

50th Anniversary Plans:

The 50th Anniversary was officially launched at the Regular Board Meeting on November 19th, with the unveiling of the Pilgrimage of the Cross. The cross will journey from school to school, with a starting point at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School in Georgetown, and will continue its journey until Catholic Education Week, 2021.

Details of the 50th Anniversary events and activities planned are available on the Board's website. Students, staff, parents and members of our community are invited to share their 50th Anniversary highlights on Twitter, using the hashtag: #HCDSB50.


"We are honoured to commemorate this significant milestone, as we celebrate 50 years of excellence in Catholic education in Halton. Our story is steeped in rich tradition, filled with special memories that have been shaped by the thousands of students, parents, staff, trustees, parish and community members who have shared in our journey. We are proud of all that we have accomplished as a school district so far, and look forward to celebrating with our HCDSB community.”
- Pat Daly, Director of Education

Background Information:


The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Amanda Bartucci
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 246
Alternate Media Contact:
Andrea Swinden
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314 ext. 159

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