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1841 Provincial legislature of Upper Canada demands the establishment of a District Grammar School.

1843 School opens in the centretown area at the corner of Waller and Daly with 40 paying students.

1859 School is one of the first to admit girls, ten years before the province makes it mandatory.

1871 Ontario legislature passes a revolutionary new educational act: elementary schools are now clearly distinguished from secondary schools. Additionally, high schools are clearly distinguished from collegiates. High schools were to offer a general education which would include commercial subjects and the study of agriculture while collegiate institutions were expected to offer classical, academic subjects in order to prepare students for university. Lisgar is classified as a collegiate.

1874 Ottawa Collegiate Institute is built where Lisgar presently stands. At the time, it was located well outside city limits.

1892 Lisgar becomes the first public secondary school in Ontario to hire a female teacher.

1957 Lisgar becomes the first school in Ontario to introduce a special program to meet the needs of gifted students.


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