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Official Histories

Learn more about Upper Canada College through its official histories below.

A History of Upper Canada College 1829-1892
The object of this publication was to produce a history of the College, written for the most part by Old Boys and arranged under the periods of the headmasters, beginning with Rev. Joseph Harris, D. D., the first to hold this position. The histories of the College organizations, such as the Cricket Club, Rifle Company, etc., are written by those who had taken an active part as members of these school institutions. Also included are chapters devoted to: life at the boarding house; several janitors of the College; an account of College journalism; and other features of school life. 

Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College Toronto, January 1983 to June 1916
The Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College Toronto lists every student who attended Upper Canada College from the school’s beginnings in January 1830 until June 1916. In many cases there are more details included about individual students during their attendance and after they left UCC. Beyond the valuable information provided about the students of the College, the book offers a history of the school and lists of governors, principals and masters who were employed at the school during the time period. Many of the accomplishments and/or backgrounds of the masters are recorded in great detail.

The War Book of Upper Canada College: Roll of Service 1914-1919
The War Book was published in 1923 under a resolution of the Old Boys’ Association passed at a special meeting held on Nov. 22, 1919. This publication features the Old Boys who served in the First World War, but also includes the military history of Old Boys from the founding of the College in 1829. This valuable online resource was generously sponsored by the UCC leaving class of 1972.

Note: College Times and Old Times from 1939 to 1947 capture the war record for those Old Boys who served in the Second World War.

Upper Canada College 1829-1979:  Colborne’s Legacy
This publication celebrated 150 years of College life. It was written by Richard B. Howard, an Old Boy and headmaster at the time of publication, and provides an accessible but detailed glimpse into the past. It also includes a series of appendices which include the College motto and crest, governors, principals, headmasters, head boys, editors of College Times, J. Herbert Mason Medal winners, commanding officers of the cadets, head stewards and head prefects’ trophy winners.