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Our History

Our History

Founded in 1903, Branksome Hall is an independent school for girls. Today, the school rests on a 13-acre campus in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rosedale and educates nearly 900 girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
The school was founded by Miss Margaret Scott, who served as our first Principal from 1903 to 1910. Branksome Hall was originally located in rental property at 102 Bloor Street East, with an enrolment of 70 girls. Seven years later, that property was purchased by the province and Branksome relocated to 592 Sherbourne Street. Miss Edith Read was appointed Principal in 1910.
In 1912, the school purchased Hollydene, the elegant property at 10 Elm Avenue. The house, built in 1880, was purchased for the then princely sum of $48,000. Between 1912 and 1948, Principal Read added five homes to the campus and built a gymnasium and pool. She also introduced the Prefect and Clan systems and adopted the Hunting Stewart tartan for the school uniform.

In 1940, a small group of girls and staff from Sherborne Girls' School in England was evacuated to Branksome Hall. This relationship continues, with students from both schools participating in an annual exchange.

Edith Read retired in 1958. Six principals have led the school since: Dr. Jennie MacNeill (1958–68), Miss Margaret Sime (1968–74), Miss Alison Roach (1974–93), Dr. Rachel Phillips Belash (1993–98), Karen L. Jurjevich (1998–2024) and current Principal Grace McCallum.
Over the years, both the campus and student enrolment have expanded. Branksome’s campus now includes more than a dozen buildings, ranging from heritage mansions to modern structures, all linked by state-of-the-art technology.

Branksome became a fully-authorized IB World School in 2003, opened Branksome Hall Asia in 2012 and the Athletics and Wellness Centre in 2015.
While today’s IB World School is globally-minded and has a diverse student body, Branksome Hall has retained many of its early Scottish traditions. The Road Well Kept by Heather Robertson was published in 2002 to mark Branksome centennial, providing a synopsis of the history of the school. 

Slogan Yearbook Archives to 2014

Branksome 1903-2017

We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.

Setting the new standard for girls' education everywhere takes collective action. From all of us.