David Thompson Secondary School (Vancouver)

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David Thompson Secondary School
Latin: Nos Quoque Exploremus
Let Us Also Explore
1755 East 55th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5P 1Z7
Coordinates 49°13′14″N 123°04′13″W / 49.22056°N 123.07028°W / 49.22056; -123.07028Coordinates: 49°13′14″N 123°04′13″W / 49.22056°N 123.07028°W / 49.22056; -123.07028
School type Public, Secondary School
Founded 1958
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Mr. S. Robinson
Area trustee tba
School number 3939018
Director Ms. M. Kassis
Principal Ms. M. Jensen
Grades 8-12
Enrollment 2500[1] (March 2008)
Language English
Area Victoria-Fraserview
Colour(s) Blue and White         
Team name Trojans

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).[2]

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[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Previous Principals[edit]

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)

District Programs[edit]

  • David Thompson Odyssey Mini School
  • GOLD (Gifted Learning Disabled) Program
  • BEST (Business Education, Science & Technology) Mini School

Filming at Thompson[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ School Information: District 039 - Vancouver
  2. ^ "Twilight stars filming New Moon at Vancouver high school". The Vancouver Sun. Canwest Publishing Inc. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.deca.org/

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