Holy Cross Regional High School
|Holy Cross Regional High School|
|16193 88th Ave
Surrey, British Columbia, V4N 1G3
|School type||Independent high school|
|Motto||In Hoc Signo Vinces
(With this sign, we shall conquer)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School board||Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver|
|Area trustee||Fr. Glen Dion
|Enrollment||780 (September 2006)|
|Colour(s)||Red and Silver|
|Team name||Holy Cross Crusaders|
Holy Cross Regional High School, or "HCHRS," is a Catholic school, under the administration of CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese) school board. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
Robert Dejulius (March 12, 1943) served 28 years as principal since the high school opened in 1982 and retired at the end of school season in 2010. Chris Blesch is the current principal. Stanley Kazun has also served as vice principal since the opening in 1982. Ex-BC Lions linebacker Glen Jackson currently serves as a social studies, business ed, and athletics teacher.
Independent school status
Holy Cross Regional High School is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs. It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The uniform is an important part of Holy Cross Regional High School standards as it seeks to promote unity in faith. It also helps to remove discrimination. Students are expected to wear their uniform to, from, and at school. The uniform includes khaki pants for boys, kilts for girls, and polo shirts for both.
Holy Cross was ranked by the Fraser Institute in 2014 as 43 out of 289 British Columbian Secondary Schools. In 2008, 100% of the students graduated and 85%+ of those students went on to study at colleges and universities.
The Academic Departments are Business Education, Drama, English, Food, Information Communication Technology, Languages, Math, Music, Physical Education, Religion, Sciences, Social Studies,and Visual Arts.
Sports events are held at Holy Cross like the BC Catholic Basketball Championship, rated the BC's best sporting atmosphere, which features rivalries between all BC Catholic high schools. The basketball program is consistently ranked in the top 10 in both boys and girls and has placed provincially countless times in volleyball, track, basketball and football.
Holy Cross's facilities include a full-sized wood floor gymnasium, a track oval, and a football and soccer field. The track oval is open for public use when school is not in session.
The school has a Juno award winning music program that includes three concert bands (Senior Wind Ensemble, Junior Wind ensemble, and Grade 8 Concert Band) as well as choral groups (Senior Concert Choir and Junior Concert Choir: ToNiC!). The Holy Cross Music Program also have Jazz programs in the school like jazz bands (Jazz One, Simply Jazz, and Jazz-Do-It) and jazz choirs (Avenue 88 and Junior Vocal Jazz). Each music groups compete in known music festivals such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Cantando Music Festival, and Envision Jazz Festival.
Current Advanced Placement Classes that are offered in Holy Cross includes Biology and Physics. The school previously offered Advanced Placement Art and History as well.
Holy Cross offers many clubs including:
-Music Student Leadership -Yearbook -Spirit Team -Peace Team -Reverence For Life -St. Francis' Society -Mission Team -Social Justice Club -Student Leadership -Webteam -Environment Club
Many Holy Cross senior students take part in a biannual Mission Trip to the Philippines where they work in Gawad Kalinga communities and help build homes for underprivileged families.
Holy Cross provides mandatory religious education. The course curriculum is organized by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.
- Jean-Luc Bilodeau - Actor
- Elise Estrada - Singer
- Emmalyn Estrada - Singer
- Dario Zanatta- Soccer player
- Overview of Independent Schools in British Columbia Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- Fraser Institute ranking for Holy Cross
- Fraser Institute ranking for Holy Cross
- Holy Cross website - Music
- "Dario Zanatta Biography". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 1 November 2015.