Templeton Secondary School

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Templeton Secondary School
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"Pro Bono Omnium"

For the Good of All
727 Templeton Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5L 4N8, Canada
Coordinates Coordinates: 49°16′41″N 123°03′37″W / 49.278°N 123.0603°W / 49.278; -123.0603
School number 03939010
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Mr. Steve Cardwell
Area trustee Ms. Jane Bouey
Principal Mr. Aaron Davis
Vice principal Mr. J. Lauzon
School type Secondary school
Grades 8-12
Language English
Team name Titans
Colours Maroon and Gold         
Founded 1927
Enrollment 900 (approx.)[1] (2013)
Homepage http://templeton.vsb.bc.ca/

Templeton Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood on the east side of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its student teams won the SmartAsk competition in 2004 and have competed for Reach For The Top. It has won many awards for drama productions and for student films. Templeton is also known for its successful theatre and film programs, regarded as one of the best in British Columbia.[citation needed]


Templeton Secondary School has a multicultural student population, reflecting the community with approximately two thirds of the students having a first language other than English and at least one third of the students fluently bilingual. Over forty languages and dialects are spoken.


Templeton Junior High opened in the fall of 1927, with H. B. Fitch as the first Principal. The name of the school is from William Templeton, a former mayor of Vancouver. In 1956, The school's motto, "Pro Bono Omnium", which translates as "For The Good Of All", was chosen in 1927 by Mr. Fitch, the staff, and the students. Grade 10 students were added, and in 1963, Grade 11 students were added. In 1964, the first Grade 12 students entered Templeton and it became Templeton Secondary School. In 1975, the Templeton Park Pool was completed, along with playing fields, a track, tennis courts and sand pits.


  • Templeton is home to a Mini-School Program for gifted children, from grades 8-12. The objective of the Mini School is to foster interdisciplinary learning and environmental stewardship through interdisciplinary activities and field trips that bring the students together for a more closer relationship with each other. All of the Mini-School students go to Strathcona Park and Manning Park annually, (though, due to budget concerns, the students now go to Apex, in the Okanagan, instead of Manning Park), Bamfield Marine Science Centre (grade 8) as well as other grade specific destinations, such as Victoria (grade 10) and Ashland, Oregon (grade 11).
  • Templeton Secondary also offers English and Socials Enriched Programs for grades 8-11, in which students follow the same curriculum of the regular English and Socials program but goes into further detail of literature and themes and requires independent analysis and thought of literature (English) and challenges the learner and critical thinking (Socials). Both Enriched courses have more emphasis on group work and to an extent, more independent based learning. They are also advanced classes to the regular English and Socials curriculum.
  • Math and Science 8 Challenge Programs, which allows a student to complete two years of Math and Science curriculum in one year.
  • Templeton Secondary also offers courses in Home Economics, Typing, Sewing, Auto Mechanics, Electronics, Woodworking, Tourism, Literature, Photography, Art, Music, Choir, Drama and Film, and Television.
  • ACE-IT program
  • Secondary School Apprenticeship program

Aboriginal cultural enhancement[edit]

Templeton has a stated goal of building knowledge, acceptance, empathy, and appreciation of Aboriginal peoples' histories. The school has a Sacred Room, a welcoming and comfortable space for all students that celebrates Aboriginal traditions and cultures.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Many Hollywood producers and directors have commented that Templeton Secondary School has been one of the best schools in which they have filmed. The students are very respectful to the actors and crew when they're filming. At times, students are allowed to watch the filming as long as they are quiet on the set. Templeton has been used as a set for a number of productions (movies, TV shows, commercials) and presently continues to act as one.

  • Templeton Secondary is best known as the interior set for "Smallville High" in the television drama series Smallville, as well as Beachwood High School in the TV series Kyle XY; Beachwood High and Smallville High murals still remain in the school's hallway. The hallway commonly known to the students as the "Smallville Hallway" is where most filming takes place for the TV shows and movies. As of 2007, the show Kyle XY continues to film at Templeton.

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