Semiahmoo Secondary School

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Semiahmoo Secondary School
Semiahmoo Secondary in the early morning.JPG
1785 148th Street
Surrey, British Columbia
Coordinates49°02′06″N 122°48′49″W / 49.0349°N 122.81364°W / 49.0349; -122.81364Coordinates: 49°02′06″N 122°48′49″W / 49.0349°N 122.81364°W / 49.0349; -122.81364
TypePublic School
Motto"Semiahmoo...We are the future"
School districtSchool District 36 Surrey
PrincipalMr. James Johnston
EnrollmentRegular: 1500
IB Program: 200 Full Diploma, 150 partial
Colour(s)royal blue, white, and red
Team nameTotems
NewspaperTotem Times
AffiliationIB World School

Semiahmoo Secondary School (/ˌsɛmiˈɑːm/ SEM-ee-AH-moh) is a public high school in South Surrey, British Columbia, and is part of School District 36 Surrey. Founded in 1940 as the first senior secondary school in South Surrey, Semiahmoo spans Grades eight through twelve. The school currently has a student population of 1481 and a faculty of 96, and is headed by Principal James Johnston.[1]

Semiahmoo is one of three public high schools on the peninsula, along with Earl Marriott Secondary School towards the border crossing, and Elgin Park Secondary School towards Ocean Park.


Semiahmoo Secondary was built in the city of White Rock in the late 1930s, becoming the area's first secondary school. The former building, now cleared, stood where White Rock Elementary School stands today. When White Rock Junior Secondary was built in 1961 on Oxford Street, Semiahmoo was officially renamed Semiahmoo Senior Secondary. A severe classroom shortage in the 1980s, started by a fire in White Rock Junior Secondary, prompted an effort by the provincial ministry of education to expand educational facilities in South Surrey. In 1990, Semiahmoo was transferred to the newly renovated and expanded White Rock Junior facilities, officially becoming Semiahmoo High School.[citation needed]


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Semiahmoo is an internationally successful IB World School, with an IB exam average of 36 diploma points equating to a 96% average. The IB program has provided an opportunity for Semiahmoo students to go directly into medicine and law in the UK. This school has the international recognition of being one of the few schools in the world to have three Blyth Cambridge Scholarship winners in a row. Semiahmoo's Physics Team won the UBC Provincial Physics Competition for the last two years. Semiahmoo Secondary School has been an IB World School since June 1980. Surrey students are permitted to cross school boundaries to enter International Baccalaureate Diploma. Approximately 300 students in Grades 11 & 12 are enrolled in the IB Program. Students apply to the program in the Grade 10 year by sending in the completed application package which can be found on the school website.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Semiahmoo Secondary School is known for its music program, with a forte in jazz.[2] Almost all of Semi's instrumental music ensembles are full courses in the school timetable.

Visual Art[edit]

Semiahmoo has one of the most prolific visual art programs in the province. More students are accepted into the Emily Carr University of Art and Design from Semiahmoo each year than any other high school.


Semiahmoo houses a theatre that can hold approximately 200 people. In addition, the senior grades perform various one-act plays, Shakespearean works, and improvisation sessions throughout the year.


Semiahmoo is an athletics powerhouse with multiple Provincial banners in recent years. With a track, baseball field, all weather soccer fields and a rugby field, Semiahmoo has exceptional athletics facilities and programs.

Notable alumni[edit]



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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  3. ^ Glen Schaefer (June 19, 2011). "The Hero who would have been carpenter". The Province. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved February 29, 2012. As a [...] White Rock teen who spent his time in the woodworking and auto mechanics shops at Semiahmoo secondary, actor Paul Campbell wasn't marked for stardom.
  4. ^ "Hockey Canada Skills Academy - Semiahmoo" (pdf). Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  5. ^ CV Ardo Hansson Archived 2013-02-18 at

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