Richmond Secondary School

Coordinates: 49°09′41″N 123°08′34″W / 49.16135°N 123.14268°W / 49.16135; -123.14268
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Richmond Secondary School
7171 Minoru Blvd

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Coordinates49°09′41″N 123°08′34″W / 49.16135°N 123.14268°W / 49.16135; -123.14268
School typePublic, high school
School boardSchool District 38 Richmond
SuperintendentScott Robinson
Area trusteeHeather Larson
School code03838065
PrincipalAnita Kwon
Enrollment1,176[1] (2021/2022)
Colour(s)  Maroon



Richmond Secondary School, (commonly, Richmond High School, RHS, and RSS) is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, that educates approximately 1200 students from grades 8 to 12. Richmond Secondary is the only school in Richmond that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is a magnet school in the region.[2]


Richmond Secondary School has the distinction of being the City of Richmond's first high school. Originally established in 1927 on Cambie and Sexsmith street as Richmond High School, it would undergo numerous location, name and organizational structure changes throughout its history.[3]

Originally, Richmond High served grades 9 to 11 only (graduation was Grade 11 at this time). The first major change occurred in 1937 with the addition of grades 8 and 9 to the school. The school was renamed “Richmond Junior-Senior High School” to reflect this change.

In 1952, Richmond Junior-Senior High School was relocated to its current location at the intersection of Minoru Blvd (then named Foster Road) and Granville Avenue. In addition, it was converted back to a senior high school, offering programs for grades 11 and 12 students only. Its name was changed accordingly to “Richmond Senior High School”. The old facility on Cambie was renamed “Cambie Junior High School” and served grades 7 through 10.

In 1996, all schools in Richmond, including RHS, were converted to full spectrum grade 8–12 schools. Prior to this, all Richmond schools were either strictly senior (grades 11–12) or junior high schools (grades 8–10). Richmond High was then renamed “Richmond Secondary School”.

In the early 2000s, construction of a $16.6 million replacement school building began on what used to be the school's grass field.[4] The new building opened to students on 5 January 2004. In the same year, the previous building, which had been in use for 50 years, was torn down and replaced with an artificial turf.[5]

Curriculum and notable programs[edit]

International Baccalaureate Programme[edit]

Richmond Secondary School has been an IB World School since July 1984 and is the only school in Richmond to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[2][6] The magnet IB program provides a challenging and globally accepted curriculum for grade 11 and 12 students, and has garnered Richmond Secondary a district-wide reputation as the "prep" school. As of 2018/2019, the following IB courses are offered:[7]

  • English A1 HL
  • French B HL/SL
  • Mandarin B HL/SL
  • Japanese B HL/SL
  • Spanish B HL/SL
  • Geography HL/SL
  • History HL
  • Digital Society HL/SL
  • Business Management HL/SL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Biology HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL
  • Mathematics AA HL/SL
  • Theatre Arts HL
  • Visual Arts HL/SL
  • Music HL/SL
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

Global Perspectives Program[edit]

Richmond Secondary offers the Global Perspectives Program for Grade 12 students. Founded by former RHS teacher Ken Lorenz in 1995, the Global Perspectives course is a program where students embark on humanitarian trips to provide aid for those in developing countries. The Global Perspectives team of 2012/2013 assisted the Samoa government in repairing damages caused by the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami. This represented the 19th annual project since the programme's conception.[8]

AVID program[edit]

Richmond Secondary is currently one of the first pioneer schools in Canada to offer the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to grade 9–12 students.[9] The AVID program is an academic support program that prepares students for post-secondary education and enrollment, started in 1980 at Clairemont High School in San Diego.

Pre-employment and career-prep programs[edit]

Richmond Secondary houses numerous courses and programs designed to prepare students for life beyond high school and the workforce. In addition to applied skills elective courses such as drafting and CAD, woodworks, metal fabrication, and automotives, students may also choose to enroll in the pre-employment program. This program combines academics and work experience and aims to help students develop skills necessary for the job market.[7]

Richmond Secondary also hosts the school district's only student chef training program. The school is equipped with a full kitchen, in which student-trainees prepare meals and desserts for other students and faculty to be served during breakfast and lunch hours.[7] Richmond Secondary also has a well-equipped metal and woodworking shop, theatre, and music room.[10]

RHS also hosts the "Colt Young Parent Program", a program designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teenagers.


Richmond Secondary currently offers numerous athletic teams for students including basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, swimming, golf, badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, table tennis, and track and field.


The Richmond High basketball team were perennial provincial championship contenders in the 1980s and 90s under BC Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, coach Bill Disbrow. Richmond High has won a record five BC AAA Provincial Championships and produced five BC MVPs, 25 All-stars, and many players who have gone on to play in the NCAA and on the Canada national men's basketball team. Disbrow's program and the teams he worked with are viewed to be the best in Canada during the 80s and 90s.[11][12][13]

Richmond Secondary BC AAA Basketball Provincial Championship Games[14]
Year Winning Team Losing Team
1975 North Delta Huskies 72 Richmond Colts 57
1979 Burnaby South Rebels 65 Richmond Colts 47
1984 Steveston Packers 84 Richmond Colts 59
1985 Richmond Colts 74 Centennial Centaurs 61
1987 Richmond Colts 75 MEI Eagles 70
1988 Richmond Colts 99 Seaquam Seahawks 80
1990 North Delta Huskies 75 Richmond Colts 66
1991 Richmond Colts 94 Burnaby Central Wildcats 78
1994 Terry Fox Ravens 73 Richmond Colts 66
1998 Richmond Colts 76 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 66

RHS ties Vancouver College and Oak Bay High School for most number of BC provincial championships won.[15]


Richmond High also boasted a strong football team throughout the 1980s and 90s. The football program at Richmond Secondary ended in 2000 due to a shortage of players.

Richmond Secondary BC AAA Football Provincial Championship Games[16]
Year Winning Team Losing Team
1976 Richmond Colts 3 Notre Dame Jugglers 0
1983 Kamloops Red Devils 13 Richmond Colts 12
1987 Notre Dame Jugglers 40 Richmond Colts 6
1996 Richmond Colts 25 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 22
1997 Richmond Colts 43 Mouat Hawks 7
1998 Richmond Colts 27 STMC Knights 20

Ultimate Frisbee

The team has lasted for many years. But when two coaches from Vancouver joined the program in 2009, the team started to become a powerhouse. The program produced many junior national and world level players. Richmond High ended up with consecutive wins in cities and a 4th-place finish in Tier 1 provincials ('14).[17] That marked the highest standing of a Richmond School has ever placed in provincials until 2016.

Richmond Secondary City Championship Games[18]
Year Round Winning Team Losing Team
2004 Quarter Hugh Boyd W Richmond High L
2005 Final J N Burnett W Richmond High L
2006 Semi Steveston-London 13 Richmond High 9
2007 Final Steveston-London W Richmond High L
2008 Quarter J N Burnett 12 Richmond High 8
2009 Final McMath W Richmond High L
2010 Final Hugh McRoberts W Richmond High L
2011 Final McMath W Richmond High L
2013 Final McMath W Richmond High L
2014 Final McMath W Richmond High L
2015 Semi A.R. MacNeill 9 Richmond High 6
2016 Final Hugh McRoberts 11 Richmond High 10


Richmond Secondary School is notable for its racial diversity and its large Asian population. As of the 2009–2010 school year, 54.8% of students listed Chinese (either Mandarin, Cantonese, or a local dialect), and 72.3% of students reported a language other than English as the primary language used at home.[19] While unusual for a North American school, these figures are perhaps unsurprising for a high school situated in the city of Richmond, which has the highest percentage of immigrants of any city in Canada.[20]

Richmond High's feeder schools are Samuel Brighouse Elementary School, William Douglas Ferris Elementary School, and Blundell Elementary School.[21]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ "School District Budget — SD 38 Richmond" (PDF). BC Ministry of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  5. ^ "School History". Richmond Secondary School. Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  6. ^ International Baccalaureate. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  7. ^ a b c "Program Planning" (PDF). Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  8. ^ Samoa ’13 « Global Perspectives Canada. Retrieved on 28 April 2012.
  9. ^ BC Ministry of Education – Advancement Via Individual Determination. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  10. ^ "Secondary Schools" (PDF). Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  11. ^ Tsumura, Howard. (2009-04-16) Super Colts coach Disbrow among 10 inducted in Basketball B.C.'s Hall of Fame 2009 class – Howie's High School Hamper. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  12. ^ Coaches Corner : Bill Disbrow. DRIVE Basketball. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  13. ^ Coaching legend heads 2009 hall of fame class. (2009-04-24). Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  14. ^ British Columbia High School Boys Basketball Association (Design, Hosting, Registration & Administration tools by Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  15. ^ Vancouver, The. (2008-03-08) Hoop dreams: The best of B.C. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  16. ^ [1] Archived 28 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "BC High School Ultimate Championships (BCHSUC)". BC Ultimate. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Richmond Secondary Sports - Powered By". Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Student stats" (PDF). Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  20. ^ Richmond has highest percentage of immigrants in Canada. (2007-12-05). Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  21. ^ "RSS Boundary | Richmond Secondary School". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  22. ^ Awards keep coming for Richmond rower. (2009-01-09). Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  23. ^ Former Colt standout headed to the hall. (2009-04-10). Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  24. ^ Gary F – Google Profile. (2010-10-18). Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  25. ^ Los Angeles Xtreme Roster: Bobby Singh. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  26. ^ Net – Version 5.0 – Ryan Stiles: He's A Seriously Funny Actor. Ryan Stiles. Retrieved on 2010-12-15.
  27. ^ Leung, Valerie. "Messages pour in for Richmond alumnus, astronaut who passed away". Richmond News. Richmond News. Retrieved 11 April 2022.

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