Delta Secondary School (Delta, British Columbia)
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2009)|
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|4615 51 Street
Delta, British Columbia, V4K 2V8, Canada
|School board||School District 37 Delta|
|Area trustee||Laura Dixon|
|Principal||Ms. Jeanette Beaulieu|
|Vice principal||Mr. Dean Eichorn,
Ms. Alka Goel-Stevens,
|School type||Public high school|
|Mascot||Cecil the Pacer (horse)|
|Team name||Delta Pacers|
|Colours||Green, Black, White|
|Enrollment||1379 (September 2011)|
Delta Secondary is a public high school in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada. DSS is a comprehensive and caring school, located in the historic village of Ladner, B.C. With a student enrollment of approximately 1550 students (grades 8 to 12), it is the largest school in School District 37 Delta.
King George V High School, the first high school in Delta, was located on the present site of the Ladner Community Centre. The first two rooms of the school were built in 1912, with a third room added in 1916. The school closed in 1938 having had almost 500 students graduate during the life of the school.
In 1938, Delta Central School, originally built in 1926 and used as an elementary school (grade 1-8), was enlarged and updated for senior students while a new elementary school was built on the same plot of land, the site of DSS today. A new gym separated the two schools.
The official opening of the "Ladner Elementary and Junior/Senior High School Centre" took place in April 1939.
Between 1938 and 1969 there were at least ten additions to the school. In 1963, a new Ladner Elementary School opened nearby. By 1972, the old elementary school building had become known as Delta Jr. Secondary while the Central School building (B block) and various additions made up the Delta Sr. Secondary, two separate schools on the same site. In 1975, the schools were amalgamated into one school, known as Delta Secondary School. It wasn't until 1984, with the building of the art wing that the schools were physically joined. In 1990, the Genesis Theatre was built.
In 1992/93, the design for the present school was approved. The B Block (Central School) building was demolished in 1992. In October 1994, construction began on the new school, with the main office and counsellors' office being completed first. The rest of the old senior school was demolished in May/June 1995 and the new quadrangle with 21 classrooms, 7 science labs, 4 computer labs and a classroom for special needs students was built. Following this, more demolition and renovation followed, including a new daycare area, food and textile room renovations, construction of the CAD lab, and the completion of the drama area. The total cost of these renovations was $12.6 million. Due to lack of further funding, the last phase of construction (demolition and rebuilding of the north gym) is on hold. On June 2, 1998, a formal dedication of the redevelopment of the school was held. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the school board and the school district.
Delta Central School was the original school located on the current site of Delta Secondary. It started accepting secondary students in 1938. In 1990 the oldest structure remaining on the site is the West gymnasium In late summer 2003, DSS finished construction of its newest building; a brand new, seismically upgraded gymnasium.
- Will Sasso (most famous for his work on MADtv) attended Delta Secondary School.
- Jason Priestly (most famous for his work on Beverly Hills, 90210) attended Delta Secondary School.
- James Paxton (pitcher for the Seattle Mariners) attended Delta Secondary School.
- Seth Rogen briefly attended Delta Secondary School.
- Adam Wallace (soccer) attended Delta Secondary School.
- "History of Delta Secondary School". About Delta Secondary School. Delta Secondary School. Retrieved 26 October 2012.