David Thompson Secondary School (Vancouver)
|David Thompson Secondary School|
Latin: Nos Quoque Exploremus
Let Us Also Explore
|1755 East 55th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5P 1Z7
|School type||Public, Secondary School|
|School board||School District 39 Vancouver|
|Superintendent||Mr. S. Robinson|
|Director||Ms. M. Kassis|
|Principal||Ms. M. Jensen|
|Enrollment||2500 (March 2008)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
David Thompson Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the Victoria-Fraserview neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It had opened in 1958. It is one of the top Vancouver public high schools on the Fraser Institute rankings. The school served as a filming location for various films in the The Twilight Saga (film series).
The school offers district programs such as the Odyssey mini school, GOLD, and BEST and currently offers the most Advanced Placement courses in the Vancouver School Board.
David Thompson Secondary School opened in 1958. During the first year, 1500 students were enrolled and the first graduating class was in 1964. Gradually, the number increased until the mid-seventies where the average annual population was in excess of two thousand.In 1967 and 1968 the Sr Boys basketball teams were the lower mainland champions. Both years they made it to the provincial championship game finishing second in all of British Columbia.
DT Business Club
In 2015, the school's business club in conjunction with the SWC Business Club were founded by former student Steven Chen to promote business interests and develop business acumen in its members. It also gives the opportunity for students to gain achievement and recognition with their business interests. Due to club's efforts, David Thompson is one of the first schools in British Columbia to participate in the American program, DECA. Activities are run internally and externally. DT Business Club holds weekly meeting which are run by the executive team. The current 2015-2016 executive team consists of passionate grade 11 students Jackie Yu, Daniel Yang, Anson Chan and Alex Zhou. The club is sponsored by David Thompson's business department teacher, Mr. Probert.
Since the school's opening, twelve principals have served the school and its community. They are:
- A.W. Hyndman (1958 - 1962)
- H. Johnston (1962 - 1969)
- K.R. MacKenzie (1969 - 1974)
- T. Smith (1974-1978)
- K.M. Macpherson (1978 - 1986)
- L.A. Rosse (1986 - 1990)
- A. Sanan (1990-1991)
- B.M. Walker (1991 - 1995)
- J. Wilson (1995 - 2002)
- I. McKay (2002 - 2006)
- D. Braeder (2006 - 2009)
- I. Whishaw (2009 - 2014)
- M. Jensen (2014–present)
- David Thompson Odyssey Mini School
- GOLD (Gifted Learning Disabled) Program
- BEST (Business Education, Science & Technology) Mini School
Filming at Thompson
In the spring of 2009, the second installment to The Twilight Saga, New Moon, was filmed at David Thompson. David Thompson was used as the set for Forks High School. In the summer of 2009, the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, Eclipse, was also filmed at David Thompson.
- Kayi Cheung, Miss Hong Kong 2007
- Dan Kesa, former professional ice hockey player
- Megan Wing, former Olympic figure skater
- Austin Wang, graduate of 2016, scientist known for his work with microbial fuel cells
- School Information: District 039 - Vancouver
- "Twilight stars filming New Moon at Vancouver high school". The Vancouver Sun. Canwest Publishing Inc. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-09-18.