Eric Hamber Secondary School
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|Eric Hamber Secondary School|
"Respice, Aspice, Prospice"
Reflect on the Past, Consider the Present and Provide for the Future
|5025 Willow Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 3S1, Canada
|Public transit access||15, 17, 25, 33, 41/43, Canada Line|
|School board||School District 39 Vancouver|
|Superintendent||Val Overgaard |
|Area trustee||Jane Bouey |
|Principal||Mr. Alex Grant|
|Vice principal||Mr. Raza Mirani
Ms. Ranjit Bains
|Administrator||Ms. M. Garcia|
|School type||Secondary school|
|Team name||Hamber Griffins|
|Colours||Maroon and Light Blue|
|Enrollment||1595  (2011)|
Eric Hamber Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the Oakridge area between Van Dusen Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Eric Hamber is a comprehensive secondary school with approximately 1600 students. The school offers an excellent academic program and many elective courses are offered in art, band, strings, choir, drama, business education, computers, fashion design, physical education and languages. Student accomplishments are also significant. Each year, approximately 60% of the Eric Hamber Grade 12 class graduates with honors standing. Through the years, Eric Hamber Secondary has built a good reputation for academic excellence, as well as fashion design, music, athletics and graphic arts. The school is named after Eric Hamber, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The school colors, maroon and light blue, were the colors used by Eric Hamber's race horses.
The elementary schools in Eric Hamber's catchment area include:
- Annie B. Jamieson Elementary School
- Edith Cavell Elementary School
- Emily Carr Elementary School
- General Wolfe Elementary School
- Simon Fraser Elementary School
- Sir William Osler Elementary School
- Sir William Van Horne Elementary School 
Humanities Program and Challenge Academy
For grades 8 to 12, Hamber offers two options for students: The Accelerated/ Enriched Humanities Program and the new Challenge Academy.
The Humanities Program presents highly-able students in the humanities (English and Social Sciences) with a challenging Grade 8-12 program that encompasses both acceleration and enrichment. Students in the program are voracious learners who will complete three years of study in Grades 8 and 9, often moving above and beyond the traditional curriculum. Learners in Grades 10-12 will continue to expand their learning through enriched and advanced placement courses as well as through guided independent or concurrent post-secondary studies. This program will appeal to students of high ability who are extremely motivated to learn and respond well to a rapid pace of instruction. Generally, an “A” or “B” average in English and Social Studies is expected.
The Challenge Academy is for those students who sit in class dreaming of the fascinating opportunities to explore that they see passing them by. It is a unique opportunity for gifted learners who thrive on learning “outside the box” and who crave the ability to meaningfully influence the pace and content of their academic program. Students in this unique Grade 8-12 academy will have four challenge blocks dedicated to their core academic subjects. During these blocks they will have the opportunity to participate in research projects, experiments, problem-based learning simulations, multi-grade level seminars in a wide variety of topics, study groups, theme-based cross-curricular exploration, self-paced guided independent studies, concurrent studies at post-secondary institutions and other non-traditional approaches to the secondary school curriculum.
Students will be free to move at a self-determined pace through a wide variety of available courses, including the opportunity to “challenge” courses for credit. Instruction in this academy will often step outside the traditional curriculum and will be driven by individual education plans for each student.
This program is suitable for gifted learners who are extremely motivated to learn and thrive outside the traditional classroom setting. Students with a desire to shape the curriculum to suit their interests and to accommodate their learning styles as well as their ability to learn material quickly will find this program a good fit. This program is especially suitable for students who have been identified as “gifted” through the psycho-educational testing process.
Mandarin Bilingual Program
Eric Hamber offers a Mandarin Accelerated program for grades 8 to 9 for students who have completed the Mandarin bilingual program at Jamieson Elementary School.
Fashion Design and Technology
Eric Hamber has the largest high school fashion design program in western Canada. The program was started in 1992 by Nina Ho. Many graduates from Eric Hamber Secondary’s fashion design program complete post secondary fashion programs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia and work in the fashion design field locally and abroad with companies such as Lululemon, Aritizia and Mac and Jac. Eric Hamber students have a strong history of winning awards locally, provincially and nationally at the Skills Canada Competition. An annul show is presented every year to showcase the student's work.
Eric Hamber's Run for the Sun
On May 27, 2011, Eric Hamber held an event called "Run for the Sun" to raise money to install 4 solar panels on the school's roof. The solar panels are being used to heat the water in the school year round. A total of 653 students from 26 classes participated in the event by running or walking 5 kilometres. The event raised a total of $8,495.00 and a successful acceptance of a Vancouver Foundation Generation Green award of $12,500 raised a total of $21,000.
Anime, BC Green Games, Bizz Entrepreneurship, CHAIRity, Chinese Culture, Community Chest, Compassionate Leadership, Costumes Crew, Craft, Dance Crew, Debate Discussion, Diversity, Environmental, Eye Care, Food For Humanity, Footlights, Four Directions, Gay Straight Alliance, Gourmet, Hair and Make Up, Hamber Archive, Hamber Christian Fellowship, Hamber Pre-Law, Hamber Running, Hamber School of Thought, Hamber Ski and Snowboard, Healing Harmonies, Helping Hands, H.O.S.T., Japanese, Kids Help Phone, Library Monitors, Lighting Crew, Math Contest, Math Help, Media League, Model United Nations, Partners for Life, Photo, Reach for the Top, Reaching Out Worldwide, Scorekeeping& Officials, Seams of Love, Service, Sound Crew, Student Blog, Student Forum, Teen Book, The Outdoors, Theater Production, Uniform Room, Video Game Creation, Video Production, Web Publicity, Writers in the Making 
Eric Hamber has a history in television and film; one of the parking lots was extensively used in the early days of 21 Jump Street, including a memorable confrontation involving Johnny Depp. It was later used as the high school in the 2007 film Juno.
In 2011, several of Eric Hamber's staff were part of a glee club called "The Edutones" on the show Canada Sings. They defeated the opposing The Distillery Restaurants Corporation's "Run DRC" glee club and won $10,000 for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. They appeared on episode 6 of season 1 which aired on September 8, 2011.
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- Jon Mikl Thor, (Class of 1971), heavy metal musician, bodybuilder and former Mr. Canada and Mr. USA
- Scott McNeil, (Class of 1980), Voice Actor
- Steve Wilson, (Class of 1982), former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers 
- Jenny Kwan, (Class of 1984), member of Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
- Robert Bennett, (Class of 1987), Annie nominated Disney Animator Beauty and the Beast (1991 film), Mulan (1998 film), Tarzan (1999 film), Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, The Princess and the Frog
- Eric Drysdale, (Class of 1987), Emmy award-winning writer for The Daily Show, writer for The Colbert Report
- Michael Benyaer, (Class of 1988), actor and cartoon and video game voice actor
- Ori Kowarsky, (Class of 1988), screenwriter and director of Various Positions, winner of the 2002 Prix de Montréal
- C. E. Gatchalian, (Class of 1992), award-winning playwright, poet and fictionist
- Jen Sookfong Lee, (Class of 199-), author of The Better Mother
- Benny Yau, (Class of 1998) Canadian actor and television personality, New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2000 First Runner-Up, signed to Fairchild TV
- Mayko Nguyen, (Class of 1998) Canadian actress, star of Canadian film Going the Distance and television series Rent-A-Goalie
- Darryl O'Young, (Class of 1998) racecar driver associated with the Schnabl Engineering - LKM - Team Jebsen, currently in Hong Kong
- Kristin Kreuk, (Class of 2000), Canadian actress, star of Television show Smallville 
- Fred Cheng, (Class of 2001), Hong Kong television actor, signed to TVB
- Jessica Trisko, (Class of 2001), crowned Miss Earth 2007 
- Katie Findlay, (Class of 2008), actress, star of The Carrie Diaries
- Official Eric Hamber Website
- Eric Hamber - Vancouver School Board
- Hamber Resource Center
- Class of 1978 Website
- Canada Sings - Episode 6
- "VSB Ready Reference" (PDF). January 2011. p. 23.
- "VSB Ready Reference" (PDF). January 2011. p. 14.
- http://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools/eric-hamber/ Eric Hamber - Vancouver School Board