Cowichan Secondary School

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Cowichan Senior Secondary School
2652 James St (Cowichan) & 2515 Beverly St (Quamichan)
Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 2X2 and V9L 3A5
School type Public, high school
Founded 1940s
School board School District 79 Cowichan Valley
School number 250-746-4435
Principal Charlie Coleman
Staff 143
Grades 8-12
Enrollment 1550 (950 Cowichan, 600 Quamichan) (2013)
Area Cowichan Valley
Colour(s) maroon, silver, black, and white
Mascot Thunderbird
Team name Thunderbirds
Last updated: June 2014

Cowichan Secondary is a public high school in Duncan, British Columbia part of School District 79 Cowichan Valley. In 2013, the school became a dual-campus Grade 8-12 school after Quamichan Middle School on Beverley Street was merged with Cowichan Secondary on James Street.[1]


The school was under construction in 1948 near the Trans-Canada Highway.[2]

Planning in 2014 considered relocating the school to the property purchased for the school's new build, adjacent to Vancouver Island University's Duncan campus and the Island Savings Centre recreation facility.[3]

There is still talk of plans to build a new school on the empty grounds owned by School District 79 and the Ministry of Education, next to Duncan's Vancouver Island University campus.


In 2012, Cowichan became the first school in the province of British Columbia to be invited to perform at the International Fringe Festival, the prestigious theatre festival in Edinburgh, Scotland[4]


Cowichan Senior Secondary has multiple competitive sports teams. These sports include senior and junior girls volleyball, girls rugby, boys rugby, and girls and boys basketball. The most high-achieving team is the girls rugby team who frequently win provincial championship games.[5]


  1. ^ 2013/14 Student Handbook (PDF). Cowichan Secondary School. 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cowichan Secondary School under construction 1948". CVM 1992.4.6.1. Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Degraaf, Ashley (4 April 2014). "Quamichan emerges as option B for new Cowichan Secondary". Cowichan News-Leader Pictorial. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Andersen, Ann (9 March 2012). "Review 16 years of Cowichan Secondary at play". Cowichan News Leader. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
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External links[edit]

School Reports - Ministry of Education