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Although matriculation exams would eventually be abolished in the 1960s, UTS students had been calling for change since the late 1930s in the form of valedictory addresses and protests.Addresses in 19 targeted the tendency for matriculations to reduce "a tangible desire for knowledge", producing instead "a mind that cannot think for itself". At the turn of the decade, UTS developed a "New Program", which focused on completing subjects ("units") for graduation instead of matriculations.They defeated the Regina Patricias in two games, by scores of 14-3 and 15-5.The school was Eastern Canadian Champions, the same year, defeating the Montreal Melvilles 8-2 in a single-game playoff.However, in 2014, it was announced by the chair of the UTS board of directors that the University of Toronto and UTS were negotiating to maintain an affiliation between the two institutions and keep the school at its present location but redevelop the site so that it could fit meet the needs of both the university and the school.
In 1957, the House System was established, with three of four houses named after the school's first three headmasters - Crawford, Althouse, and Lewis.The centennial year also saw the introduction of its new school song, written by Nathalie Siah '10, the House Centennial spirit pennant, as well as the House Cup, awarding the House who collected the most points (athletic, literary, and spirit) over the school year.In 2015, Anand Mahadevan, a teacher at University of Toronto Schools, was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.UTS will admit approximately 24 students, the average size of a class, for grade 9, and a handful at grade 10 and 11.
Aside from a few cases, UTS rarely admits new students for grade 8.
In 1966, participation in the Cadet Corps, which had been a bastion of UTS tradition, became optional; eventually, the Corps was discontinued.