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The Crib mural

Introducing “the Crib”

The Crib mural

Artist Ryan Dineen created this mural for the wall of the Crib.

Among Upper Canada College’s many named facilities now exists one space with a special story behind its moniker: it was chosen by the students.

Welcome to “the Crib,” formerly the Upper School’s Intermediate Division lounge. Like so many Upper School spaces in recent years, it wasn’t looking its best — with its furniture, paint, lighting and ventilation all needing updating.

Enter two UCC parents.

“When we saw the architectural renderings of what the lounge and its surroundings would look like, we were intrigued,” say the anonymous donors, whose generous leadership gift in support of Upper School renovations will be used to revitalize both the lounge as well as other iDiv learning spaces.

It was in discussions with senior development officer Michelle Golfman that the family hit upon the idea of leaving the naming of the renovated space up to the boys.

Competition to rename the iDiv lounge was fierce, with an online contest running from May to June. More than 100 names were submitted and the top six were opened to voting by boys in Years 1 and 2. The race was tight, but on June 3 the announcement was made that “the Crib” — submitted by Year 1 student Saunders White — had come out on top, narrowly beating out runners-up “the iPad” and “the Blue Cave.”

The Crib is undergoing the first phase of a two-part renovation. It’s received minor upgrades — including a new graffiti-style wall mural by renowned artist Ryan Dineen (whose most recent work includes huge outdoor murals commissioned by Apple) — with larger scale improvements planned for next summer.

“We’re so delighted that this family has chosen to support Upper School renovations in such a generous way,” says principal Jim Power. “We hope that the success of the Crib, and the changes being made to the rest of the Upper School, will serve as a call to action to other members of our community to come forward to support this essential priority of the Think Ahead campaign.”