A.B. Lucas Secondary School
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|A. B. Lucas Secondary School|
656 Tennent Avenue|
London, Ontario, N5X 1L8
|Motto||In Perpetuum Optima|
|School board||Thames Valley District School Board|
|Superintendent||Mr. Andrew Canham|
|Area trustee||Peter Jaffee, Matt Reid|
|Principal||Mr. Jeff Beynon|
|Grades||9 through 12|
|Enrollment||1481 (October 2016)|
|Area||North London, Ontario, Canada|
|Team name||Lucas Vikings|
The school was named after Dr. A.B. Lucas, who was recognized for his contribution to education in London. In April 1962, Hugh Murray became the first principal. He commissioned lieutenants Terry Ferris, Jim Wylie, Don Epplet, Phil Sparling, Don Carson, Charlie Belchamber, Alex Shamas, Alan Williams, Ed Hancox and Fred Hickman. During the next few months, these men recruited more staff, acquired equipment and supplies and arranged programs.
During the years 1962-1963 some 60 north-Londoners traveled daily to Westminster Secondary School in the west end of the city. But by September 1963 the doors were opened to the first Viking recruits in grades 9, 10, and 11. The premier of Ontario, Mr. John Robarts, officially opened the school on October 25, 1963.
Dr. A. B. Lucas
Dr. Alexander Burton Lucas had a distinguished career in education, having served as a teacher, principal, inspector, Teacher's College master, superintendent, and director. He moved to London in 1939 as Assistant Superintendent of Schools and retired in June 1962, after six years as Director of Education in London. Dr. Lucas belonged to several service clubs and was a lay member of the Anglican General Synod. He died in 1965 and the school was named after him.
Sports and clubs
All students at A.B. Lucas Secondary School are free to join any of the clubs presented at the school. As A.B. Lucas students are competitive and passionate students, A.B. Lucas ranks high in competitive clubs and activities such as DECA, Mock Trial , Model United Nations , Science Fair, and Science Olympics.
In the past, A.B. Lucas students have continuously been qualified to compete in DECA Provincials and Internationals, won the 2017 London, Middlesex, Oxford & Elgin Ontario Mock Trial Tournament by OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT), won WHIMUN and KMUN Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, and Honourable Mention awards, and competed in CWSF (Canada-Wide Science Fair) with multiple awards.
With these club experiences, A.B. Lucas students broaden their experiences through the school board of 76,000 students as well. A.B. Lucas students represented TVDSB as Student Trustees in 2016-17 and 2017-18. In the past, A.B. Lucas students also proudly represented the school board at the provincial level at OSTA-AECO .
- Athletic Council
- AV Light/Sound
- Cancer Campaign
- Concert Choir
- Creative Writing
- FIRST Robotics Team 6854
- Green Team
- Math Contests
- Intermediate and Senior Band
- Intramural Council
- Math Tutoring
- Mock Trial
- Model United Nations
- Music Council
- Reach for the Top
- Relay for Life Committee
- Social Justice
- Student Athletic Association
- Science Fair
- Science Olympics
- School Show (Drama)
- SCROOGE Committee
- Small Ensemble
- United Way
- Viking Volunteers
- Viking 101
A.B. Lucas students continue to maintain the school's athletic reputation of the school by qualifying for WOSSAA (Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association) and OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association) every year in a variety of sports.
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
Academics and Rankings
A.B. Lucas Secondary School ranked 196th out of all 747 secondary schools in Ontario in the 2016-17 Fraser Institute Ontario secondary school ranking with an overall rating of 7.1 out of 10.
Relay for Life
On June 1st, 2018, A.B. Lucas Secondary School ranked #1 in Canada by the students raising $201,000 to support cancer research with the Canadian Cancer Society for the annual overnight event, Relay for Life .
Lucas had previously also been ranked #1 in Canada in 2017 by raising $190,000.
Since 2005, A.B. Lucas Secondary School has raised a total of $1,001,000 for the nationwide event and is the first school in Canada to achieve that goal.
- Deb Matthews, M.P.P. for London North Centre
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- Jeff Hackett, NHL goalie
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- David Shore, creator of House MD
- Logan Couture, NHL player plays for the San Jose Sharks
- Nazem Kadri, NHL Player plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jamie Romak, MLB, a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Club
- Gloria Reuben, actress
- Amber Marshall, actress
- David Lee (Canadian football), CFL player for Saskatchewan Roughriders
- James Newland, Hockey Player for Dorchester Dolphins