Kitsilano Secondary School
|Kitsilano Secondary School|
Let there be light
|2550 West 10th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
|School type||Secondary School|
|School board||School District 39 Vancouver|
|Director||Magdalena Kassis (Director of Instruction)|
|Vice Principals||Chris Parker
|Enrollment||1516 (September 2009)|
|Colour(s)||Royal Blue and Gold|
|Team name||Blue Demons|
Kitsilano Secondary School is a public secondary school in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school has several district programs including French immersion and on-site pre-employment. Advanced Placement courses are also offered.
The students selected royal blue and gold as the school colours, based on those at Aberdeen University (the Alma Mater of one of their teachers); the first Latin classes chose "Fiat Lux" (Let there be light) as the school motto. The original school crest was designed by Mr. S. P. Judge, the first art teacher at Kitsilano, and although the crest has undergone some slight changes over the decades, it still proudly displays the colours and motto.
The school is particularly well known for the numerous television and film productions which have been filmed on location. Most recently, Juno, Superbad, Anything for Love and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" were shot at Kitsilano. The school also counts a number of former alumni who went on to careers in film and television, notably Ryan Reynolds and Joshua Jackson.
The main foyer is home to a portrait of Chief August Jack Khatsahlano, the school's namesake. The auditorium houses a Tanu totem pole, carved by Don Yeomans in 1986 in honour of Vancouver's centennial anniversary.
In addition to its distinguished academic record, Kitsilano has been highly successful in a number of sports, most prominently, basketball, rugby, soccer, ice-hockey, cheer. It won provincial basketball championships in 1997, were the City and District Champions and went to the Provincial finals in 1977, and more recently the HSBC Vancouver basketball tournament in 2007.
History and facilities
Kitsilano Secondary School was founded in 1917, when overflow classes from King Edward High School were moved to Cecil Rhodes School. The first temporary wooden structures for the new school were built in 1920 at Trafalgar and 12th Avenue. The current building was designed by Vancouver VSB staff architect Frank A.A. Barrs and opened in 1927. In 1958, a Modernist-style addition designed by school architect Allan B. Wilson was added to the south side of the original building. In 1973 a single storey concrete structure was added on the southeast corner of the site.
In 2010 the school board approved a concept plan for the seismic upgrades to the facility. In October 2011 the provincial government announced a $57.8 million restoration project that will include seismic upgrades and new construction meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standards. In 2012 three design-build partners, each comprising a general contractor and an architectural firm, were shortlisted for the project. In August 2013 it was announced that the Bouygues Building Canada team were selected to design and build the renovation and expansion.
As of 2014, construction has begun on the south east corner. This involved the destruction of the tennis and volleyball courts.
On April 5, 2013 students, parents and staff were informed that an incident involving two students and a staff member may have occurred during a school trip two years earlier. The teacher involved is currently on paid leave from the school and under serious police investigation. Neither the Vancouver School Board or Vancouver Police Department will discuss the specifics of the allegations. No charges have been filed and the investigation is still in its early stages.
- Kathleen Heddle, Olympic rower, 3-time Gold medallist
- Justin Mensah-Coker, professional rugby player, currently playing with Plymouth Albion R.F.C. (UK)
- Ryan Reynolds, television/movie star
- Victor Lucas, television host: Reviews on the Run
- Joshua Jackson, actor
- Levon Kendall, professional basketball player
- Sarah Strange, television/movie actor
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- VSB school renewal plan. Retrieved 2013-01-05
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- School history webpage
- Kitsilano SS renewal project
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