McRoberts Secondary School
|Hugh McRoberts Secondary School|
8980 Williams Road
Richmond, British Columbia, V7A 1G6, Canada
|School board||School District 38 Richmond|
|Vice principal||Lee Banta, Benita Kwon|
|School type||High School|
|Grades||8 - 12|
|Motto||Learning Together... Achieving Our Dreams|
|Founded||November 30, 1962|
|Enrollment||1088 (September 30, 2007)|
|Homepage||Hugh McRoberts Secondary School|
|SAT School Code is 821311.|
Named after Hugh McRoberts, an early settler and founder of Lulu Island (Richmond), this secondary school (grades 8 - 12 in British Columbia) is one of the two schools in Richmond that offer the French Immersion Secondary School program (the other being McMath). McRoberts is situated at Garden City Rd. and Williams Rd. and is a member of School District 38 Richmond.
Hugh McRoberts Secondary School opened on November 30, 1962 and was converted into a full-fledged secondary school in the mid-1990s, with the first class of the new grade 8 - 12 program graduating in 1997. The high school was partially renovated in 1999.
The school logo and mascot is a "Striker", which is depicted as a mounted knight carrying a lance or a claymore. The logo had previously been a shamrock, but was reportedly changed because it was felt that this did not adequately convey the competitive nature of the school's athletic clubs.
The school offers various sports teams which students can join include basketball, volleyball, rugby, soccer, field hockey, track, badminton, ultimate frisbee, tennis, table tennis and golf. Other clubs include Reach For The Top (a trivia club), Math Club, Comic Club, Global Leadership Club, Physics & Engineering Club, and Art Club. McRoberts also has a struggling Theatre and Music department due to funding cuts by administration over recent years.
In 2006, the Fraser Institute evaluated Hugh McRoberts Secondary as the highest ranking school compared to other secondary schools in Richmond, with an average ranking of 8.3 out of 10.0 for all schools in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Sports and Athletics
McRoberts is a school known for its strong athletic program. Most notably rugby and volleyball. The senior boys rugby team has finished no lower than seventh in the province (AA) every year since the '99 - '00 season, however the team has never won a provincial championship, coming in second place in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Former Canadian International Gary Hirayama is one of the coaches of both the junior and senior teams. The team plays its games on the adjoining South Arm Park Field, with its distinctive home side advantage which features short end-zones, tree cover of long kicks on the west side of the field and the muddy mound at the half way line which has perplexed kickers taking restarts for years.
The Senior Girls volleyball team has finished 4th ('10) in the province (AAAA). The Senior Boys soccer team has placed 14th ('01, '09) in the province (AA). The senior girls field hockey ('97, '06) and soccer teams ('07) have both won provincial championships since the school became a Senior High. In the late 90's and early 00's, the Senior Boys basketball team were consistently dark-horse entrants to the Provincial Tournaments held at the PNE Agrodome. The senior girls rugby team has won the school's only provincial championship taking home the gold in 2008.
The school's teams compete in the Richmond League at a district level and either the Vancouver & District or Lower Mainland league's at the regional level. The school competes at a variety of size-levels depending on the sport, and the school's athletic director is former St. Louis Cardinals prospect Dave Milholm.
Carolyn Jarvis, Global News Anchor
Nathan Hirayama, Member, Canadian National Sevens Rugby Team (Grad '06)
- Official school site
- Comic Club Website from Year 2003-2004
- Global Leadership Club site
- Fraser Institute - Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon
- Enrollment Reports