Danforth Tech: Wartime Contribution
While of course comparisons of number and might must not be formulated when discussing the significance of the large human sacrifice for the allied cause during World War II, the Danforth Tech community must be recognized for the immense contribution that its student body and faculty gave to the war effort. In terms of population density and number, the Danforth Tech community had more volunteers in the war effort than any other school in Canada. This is reflective of a number of realities. Although the Danforth Tech of today consists of a variety of ethnicities and cultures, the Danforth Tech of the pre-World War II period was a much more homogeneous entity. In this period, it was a predominantly students and faculty from British descent and origins, including Ireland. The calls to arms to protect the British Empire was not lost on these students and teachers. Moreover, Canada in this period was much more strongly connected to and conscious of its imperial roots. This also must be taken into account when considering the impact of war on the Danforth Tech community.
If one were to look through the school's yearbook, the Tech Tatler, leading up to World War II, this reality is clearly evinced. Tatler issues often included articles and poems about the Empire, the British monarchy and the Commonwealth, particularly in those instances when a new King or Queen was crowned. Much space in these issues was dedicated to highlighting the student body's strong connection to its British roots. It is logical, therefore, that these same students in the period leading up to the war who were so passionate about their imperial connection would be more than willing to volunteer en masse to help the allied cause.
See the Danforth Tech: Evolution of a Student Body study to see how the demographics of the school have changed.