Lord Lansdowne Public School has changed dramatically since it was first built in 1887 on Spadina Crescent. In 1914, a fire damaged the building requiring a partial rebuild. In 1960, the school moved to Robert Street and was rebuilt with a truly unique and modern design, one that was included in Spacing's Modernist Toronto series and was also the school setting for the 2007 movie Hairspray.
2017 also saw a big change for the students at Lord Lansdowne PS - the move to a full time French Immersion program for grades SK to grade 6. While the school has transitioned the library unfortunately has not. With less than 20 English books per student in 2016 (the Ontario Library Association recommends 30), the library has been historically understocked, however now with the need for French books the library is even more bare (in 2016 there were only 6 French books per student, again, 30 are recommended per student).
The students, School Council, teachers, parents and staff have worked so hard over the last 4 years, raising money for ChromeBooks, library and classroom books and other teacher needs through fundraisers and events. The passion and drive of the community is incredible and they have definitely come together to make a change for the better. There is still a long way to go but if any school can do it, LLPS can.