Eric Hamber Secondary School

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Eric Hamber Secondary School
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5025 Willow Street

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School typeSecondary school
Motto"Respice, Aspice, Prospice"
(Reflect on the Past, Consider the Present, Provide for the Future)
Founded1962 (1962)
School boardSchool District 39 Vancouver
SuperintendentMs. Suzanne Hoffman
Area trusteeMs. Janet Fraser
School number03939022
PrincipalMs. M. Jensen
Vice PrincipalsMs. S. Blair
Mr. D. Ambrose
Enrollment1,554[1] (2015/16)
AreaSouth Cambie
Colour(s)Maroon & Light Blue   
Team nameEric Hamber Griffins
Public transit access15, 17, 25, 33, 41, R4, Canada Line
Last updated: December 17, 2020

Eric Hamber Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the South Cambie neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2] Eric Hamber is a comprehensive secondary school with approximately 1250 students.[3] Each year, approximately 70% of the senior class graduates with honours standing.[4] The school is named after Eric Hamber, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The school colours, maroon and light blue, were the colours used by Eric Hamber's race horses.[5] The school's mascot is a Griffin.

Feeder schools[edit]

The elementary schools in Eric Hamber's catchment area include:[6]


Challenge Program[edit]

The Challenge Studio Program,[7] presents highly-able students with a challenging Grade 8 to 12 program that encompasses both acceleration and enrichment. Students in the program are voracious learners who will complete three years of study in Grades 8 and 9, often moving above and beyond the traditional curriculum. Learners in Grades 10 to 12 will continue to expand their learning through enriched and advanced placement courses as well as through guided independent or concurrent post-secondary studies. This program will appeal to students of high ability who are extremely motivated to learn and respond well to a rapid pace of instruction.

Mandarin Bilingual Program[edit]

Eric Hamber offers a Mandarin Accelerated program for Grade 8 and 9 students who have completed the Mandarin Bilingual program at Jamieson Elementary School.

Fashion Design and Technology[edit]

Eric Hamber has the largest high school fashion design program in western Canada.[citation needed] The program was started in 1992 by Nina Ho. Many graduates from Eric Hamber Secondary's fashion design program complete post secondary fashion programs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia and work in the fashion design field locally and abroad with companies such as Lululemon, Aritzia and Mac and Jac. Eric Hamber students have a strong history of winning awards locally, provincially, and nationally at the Skills Canada Competition. An annual show is presented every year to showcase the students' work.

Theatre Hamber[edit]

The Eric Hamber Theatre department runs four mainstage and four junior theatre productions (the "Footlights") each school year. The mainstage productions usually include a guest-directed play, musical and student-written play.

Eric Hamber's Run for the Sun[edit]

On May 27, 2011, Eric Hamber held an event called "Run for the Sun" to raise money to install four solar panels on the school's roof. The solar panels are being used to heat the water in the school year round. A total of 653 students from 26 classes participated in the event by running or walking five kilometres. The event raised a total of $8,495.00 and a successful acceptance of a Vancouver Foundation Generation Green award of $12,500 raised a total of $21,000.[8]


Clubs are a staple of the Hamber community. Each year a clubs day exhibition is hosted, encouraging students to get involved. The official clubs for the 2019/20 school year are as follows: Bike Club, Business Club, Canadian Youth Leaders Association, Chess Club, Coffee House, Compassionate Leadership Club, Craft Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, Eric Hamber Eternal Dragon (Dragon boating), Footlights, Garden Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Gourmet Club, Griffin's Nest, Hamber Christian Fellowship, Hamber Reads, Healing Harmonies, Helping Others Succeed Together, Japanese Culture Club, Jia, Kpop club, Library Monitors, Lighting Crew, Math Club, Mental Health Awareness Club, Model United Nations, Multicultural Club, Photography Club, Hand in Hand, Reach for the Top, Science Club, Sketchbook Club, Ski/Snowboard Club, Sound Crew, South Asian Club, The Knitting Club, Uniform Room, Wish Youth Network Society, Writing Club, and Youth for Youth Association.[9]


In 2010, under the direction of PE Teacher Bobby Gibson, Eric Hamber became the only public school in Vancouver to have an American Football program. In the 2010 season, the Eric Hamber Griffins competed in the Junior Varsity AA league only. In the 2011 season, the Griffins competed with teams in both the Junior Varsity AA and Varsity Tier II leagues. In 2012, both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams competed in the AA league. That year, the Junior Varsity team made the playoffs, becoming the first Griffins Football team to do so, losing in the first round. In 2013, the Griffins Junior Varsity team competed in an amalgamated AA/AAA league while the Varsity team was relegated at the school's request to the Tier II development league. The Junior Varsity team failed to make the playoffs while the Varsity team was defeated in the first round of the Tier II championship.

Beginning in 2014, Eric Hamber stopped fielding both a Junior Varsity and Varsity team, opting to join the teams and compete with a roster consisting of Grade 9 to 12 players in the Tier II development League. In the 2014 season, the Griffins made it to the final of the Tier II Provincial Championship. In 2015, the Griffins continued to field only one team, with that team losing in the semi-finals of the provincial tournament.

Starting in 2012, Eric Hamber began a Grade 8 football program in the spring. The team does not play in the formal Grade 8 fall league but organizing exhibition games with other schools during the spring sports season. The program also organizes a flag football program in the spring for feeder elementary schools to promote a culture of football amongst students who are likely to eventually attend to Eric Hamber.

Eric Hamber Griffins Football runs with relative independence from the athletics department of the school due to its unique province-wide league and player-based funding. Player fees range from $250-300 based on the season and funding is available for those who can't afford the costs.

Seismic Upgrade[edit]

The Eric Hamber Seismic Replacement Project consists of an entirely new building. The replacement school will be approximately 15,600 meters. The $80 million school replacement will be the largest seismic project in Vancouver history with construction to start in late 2020.

In media[edit]

Eric Hamber has a history in television and film; one of the parking lots was extensively used in the early days of television series 21 Jump Street, including a memorable confrontation involving Johnny Depp.[10] It was later used as the high school in the 2007 film Juno.[11] Eric Hamber was used for the filming of TV series iZombie in November 2015.

Canada Sings[edit]

In 2011, several of Eric Hamber's staff were part of a glee club called "The Edutones" on the show Canada Sings. They defeated the opposing The Distillery Restaurants Corporation's "Run DRC" glee club and won $10,000 for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. They appeared on episode 6 of season 1 which aired on September 8, 2011.[12][13]

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Student Statistics - Eric Hamber Secondary" (PDF). March 2016. p. 1.
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  6. ^ Eric Hamber - Vancouver School Board
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Clubs". Retrieved January 12, 2018.
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Coordinates: 49°14′24″N 123°07′30″W / 49.240°N 123.125°W / 49.240; -123.125