Killarney Secondary School

Coordinates: 49°13′31.4″N 123°2′42.8″W / 49.225389°N 123.045222°W / 49.225389; -123.045222
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Killarney Secondary School
6454 Killarney Street

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Coordinates49°13′31.4″N 123°2′42.8″W / 49.225389°N 123.045222°W / 49.225389; -123.045222
School typeSecondary school
Motto"Semper fidelis"
("Always faithful")
FoundedSeptember 29, 1957
School boardSchool District 39 Vancouver
SuperintendentScott Robinson
School number03939016
DirectorMagdalena Kassis (Director of Instruction)
PrincipalKal Gill[1]
Colour(s)Green and Grey
Team nameKillarney Cougars
Public transit access26, 49, 430

Killarney Secondary School is a public secondary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest public secondary school in the city by area. The school and the neighbourhood it is located in is named after Killarney, Ireland.


The southwest entrance of Killarney

Killarney opened on September 29, 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 2,000 and has remained around this number since. C-Wing was added in 2003, with a new entrance, a foyer, 21 new classrooms, a new band-room, and a state of the art music lab.


Killarney is the largest secondary school in Vancouver by area, 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 also has one of the highest enrollments in the district in the senior maths and sciences.

Fine arts[edit]

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 in September 2012, with the purpose of promoting the dramatic arts to the students in Killarney.


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 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.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


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