Killarney Secondary School
|Killarney Secondary School|
|6454 Killarney Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5S 2X7
|School type||Secondary school|
|School board||School District 39 Vancouver|
|Director||Magdalena Kassis (Director of Instruction)|
|Colour(s)||Green and Grey|
|Public transit access||26, 49, 430|
Killarney Secondary School is a public secondary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school and surrounding area is named after Killarney, Ireland. It is the largest public secondary school in the city by area.
Killarney Secondary School opened in September 1957, beginning with students from Grades 7–10 and one wing (A-Wing). The teaching staff consisted of 52 members under the direction of principal Tom Alsbury. Grade 11 was added the following year, and Grade 12 the year after that, with the first class of senior students graduating as the class of 1960.
At the time of its opening, the school was surrounded by vacant land as the areas to the east and south were just beginning to see development. Killarney continued to grow especially as the area south of 49th Avenue matured. November 1961 saw the addition of a new wing to the building which included an auditorium and stage (B-Wing). Just over six years later in December 1967, D-Wing was completed, which greatly expanded and improved the existing science and industrial education facilities. In the 1970s, seven portable classrooms were placed on the grounds to accommodate over 1,700 students enrolled by that time (construction of a neighbouring secondary school had been delayed). Within a decade, enrollment reached 2000 and has remained around this number since. The most recent addition was C-Wing, with a new entrance, a foyer, 21 new classrooms, a new band-room, and a state of the art music lab.
Killarney Secondary is the largest secondary school in Vancouver, and a comprehensive school currently with around 2,000 students in Grades 8–12 with 167 teaching and non-teaching staff. Extra-curricular activities are abundant, with more than 35 clubs and a full inter-high school sports program. Killarney Secondary also has one of the highest enrollments in the district in the senior maths and sciences.
Killarney has Vancouver's largest and most varied Fine Arts Program, featuring an internationally recognized music program in band, choral and strings, and award winning programs in art/graphics and drama. The Killarney Secondary Band, Choir and Strings programs have performed worldwide.
KAFT, the Killarney Association for Film and Theater, was established September 2012, with the purpose of promoting the dramatic arts to the students in Killarney Secondary.
The University of British Columbia Mathematics Department has been releasing a specific annual study of B.C. secondary schools since at least 1987. It is a school-by-school study based on final standings in each December for the various UBC First Year Calculus Courses for students who graduated from secondary schools in British Columbia. Killarney Secondary School ranked in the top third for 13 consecutive years from 1991 to 2003, dropped down the list to 12th (of 21 schools) in 2004, and returned to the top third (5th out of 23 schools) in 2005.
Killarney Secondary School received a rating of 7.2 out of 10 in the 2007 edition of The Fraser Institute's Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon. It ranked 80th out of the 291 schools ranked in the report card.
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