father henry carr

Henry Carr was a Basilian father, affectionately known as Father "Hank" Carr. He enhanced Catholic education in Canada by broadening the curriculum at the University of Toronto's St. Michael’s College. He also arranged for St. Michael's to be a federated arts college.

He was the co-founder of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and an advocate for the inclusion of religious education in curricular studies. Carr was one of nine children, born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario in 1880. He was ordained as a priest on September 3, 1905. He taught at St. Michael's College and acted as a president of the Institute of Medieval Studies until 1936 and also served as the Principal of St. Thomas More College in Saskatchewan. He died of pneumonia on November 28, 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

father Henry Carr Catholic School

Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School is a co-educational high school located at the south-west corner of Martin Grove Road & Finch Avenue in Rexdale (north-west Etobicoke). The area is a mixed residential/commercial neighbourhood with an industrial park, a Catholic elementary school (St. Dorothy), a hospital (Etobicoke General), a community college (Humber College), a park (Masseygrove), a mall (Shopper's World) and a Police Station.

The school was established in 1974 by the Basilian Fathers and the Metropolitan Separate School Board, now called the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). The school building was completed in 1976 on the original site at 21 Panorama Court just north of Finch Avenue on Kipling Avenue. The school facilities in the original building consisted of one main two-story building and 16 portables, with a cafetorium and a playing field.

In 2007, Father Henry Carr moved to the newly renovated campus at 1760 Martin Grove Road. The current site was originally Humbergrove Secondary School, which was closed in 1988. The property was turned over to the Metropolitan Separate School Board and opened as Marian Academy, which closed in 2002 due to a severely declining enrolment.  The new FHC was renovated, including a new main entrance, central community atrium, cafeteria, state of the art gymnasium floor, drama studio, labs, three automotive bays, new windows, stonework and landscaping.

FHC offers a variety of traditional activities such as art, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, cross-country, dance, drama, drum line, football, leadership, softball, track and field and volleyball. In 2011, an artificial turf field and track was completed. It is affectionately known as the “Field of Dreams”! Academically, in addition to the Ontario curriculum, the school offers a unique Advanced Placement (AP) program and is the Regional Centre for the AP/Pre-AP Program for the TCDSB.


father Henry Carr basketball

Fr Henry Carr Basketball turned the corner with the arrival of teacher-coach Paul Melnik in 2004. Coach Melnik learned the game as a student & graduate assistant at Runnymede Collegiate Institute, under famed basketball coach, John Petrushchak. Coach Melnik quickly attracted talented players, coaches & sponsors and took on a challenging tournament schedule. Since 2003, Fr Henry Carr has been a provincial powerhouse, and has travelled across North America, building an extremely formidable reputation for toughness, development, fast break basketball, team basketball, exposure & a unique ability to place players in the appropriate post-secondary institutions. Dozens of Crusader basketball players have graced the rosters of basketball teams from men’s league to Canadian National Teams to the NBA, the highest level of basketball.