Oak Bay High School
|2121 Cadboro Bay Rd.
Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 5G4
|School type||Public, high school|
|School board||School District 61 Greater Victoria|
|Principal||Ms. Randi Falls|
|Colour(s)||Green and White|
|Mascot||Nutty the Acorn|
|Team name||Barbarians, Bays, Breakers, Barbers|
École Secondaire Oak Bay High School is a high school in the Greater Victoria School District and is located in Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The enrollment is approximately 1,400 students attending in grades 9 to 12 in both regular and French immersion programs. The school moved into new facilities on the same site in 2015.
History and facilities
The first high school in Oak Bay was opened in 1915 where the Oak Bay Municipal Hall now stands. However this school quickly became over-crowded and replaced by what is now the East Building at the school's present location on Cranmore Road in 1929. Oak Bay Junior High school was constructed on the west side of the school property opening in 1953. The two schools were amalgamated in the late 1970s and the buildings named "West" and "East".
When the province renamed all its high schools 'Secondary School', Oak Bay High School, Victoria High School, and Esquimalt High School were the only schools to retain 'High School' as part of their names.
In October, 2011 plans were announced to replace the existing school with a new $50 million facility to accommodate up to 1,300 students, including 100 international students, as well as a Neighbourhood Learning Centre. The existing 1957-era gymnasium will be converted into a performing arts theatre with support space for both school and community use. Construction began in the summer of 2013. The new building was completed for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The site work and removal of the old buildings is expected to be completed by 2016. As of September 2015, the entire school has been finished, except for the artificial turf soccer field, and the new rugby pitch.
Oak Bay has a large athletics program with its basketball (Bays), rugby (Barbarians), cross country and track and field serving as teams that the school identifies itself with. Oak Bay also has teams in soccer, volleyball (Barbers), field hockey, badminton, tennis, cycling, sailing, and cricket.
Oak Bay has a Fine Arts program, including choirs, bands, a string orchestra and multiple dance troupes. Oak Bay Secondary puts on an annual musical production, run and performed by the senior students. Oak Bay High School also hosts an arts program, including, from 1996–2006, the Oak Bay Community Theater.
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- School District announcement, June 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-17
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