Terry Fox Secondary School

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Terry Fox Secondary School
1260 Riverwood Gate
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3B 7Z5
Coordinates 49°15′47″N 122°44′53″W / 49.263°N 122.748°W / 49.263; -122.748Coordinates: 49°15′47″N 122°44′53″W / 49.263°N 122.748°W / 49.263; -122.748
School type Secondary school
Motto "We Pursue Excellence"
Founded 1950s
School board School District 43 Coquitlam
Superintendent Mrs. Patricia Gartland
Area trustee Mr. Michael Thomas
School number 04343136
Principal Ms. Heather Murphy
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1526[1] (2015/16)
Language English
Colour(s) Black & Red         
Team name Terry Fox Ravens
Last updated: September 28, 2015

Terry Fox Secondary School is a school with approximately 1500 students in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. The original building was built on an Indian burial ground in the 1950s under the name "Port Coquitlam Senior Secondary" for grades 11 and 12. In 1986,[2] it was renamed Terry Fox Senior Secondary School after 1976 graduate Terry Fox. The "Senior" was dropped from the name after a restructuring by Coquitlam School District 43, when junior high schools were replaced by middle schools.

In 1999, to help deal with the growing population, the school was relocated to a new, larger building, several kilometres away on Riverwood Gate. However, the new building quickly became overpopulated as well, and is now home to 17 portables. Fox offers a wide variety of academic courses and programs at all levels. Creating community is always a focus with dynamic leadership courses and initiatives to build connections in and out of our building. The school offers many honors classes as well as Advanced Placement and Co-op programs and Ace It programs. The School has respected athletic programs, namely in basketball and football, and is usually ranked in both sports.[3] It has produced many skilled athletes, including BC Lions slotback Bret Anderson, Saskatchewan Roughriders fullback Chris Szarka, Olympic Gold Medalist Rick Paige, Olympic Bronze Medalist Chris Rinke, race car driver Adrien Herberts Pro softball player for USSA Pride Jenn Salling and news anchor Lynn Colliar.

The Terry Fox football team has also taken part in an exchange with the football team from St. Mark Catholic High School (Ottawa) from Manotick, Ontario since 2009.

The Terry Fox Theatre, a privately run operation, formerly run by the school itself, adjoins the north side of the school. The school is noted for its many musicals and plays including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Footloose, Hair, The Wedding Singer and Jesus Christ Superstar, Tough, Daddy's Home, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Of Mice and Men and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 2010, Terry Fox Secondary became District Champions of "MetFest" with the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, going on to represent Terry Fox Secondary at the Sears British Columbia Drama Festival where they were awarded 'Best Actor in a Leading Role - Female', 'Special Merit Award for Musical Virtuosity', and 'Best Ensemble/ Choreography'. In 2011, Terry Fox's show "Am I Blue" became District Champions at "MetFest".

Provincial championships[edit]

Year Team
1989 Senior Boys AA Football
1993 Senior Boys AAA Basketball
1994 Senior Boys AAA Basketball
2006 Junior Boys AAA Football
2006 Senior Boys AAA Football
2007 Junior Boys AAA Football
2008 Senior Boys AAA Football
2012 Senior Boys AAA Basketball
2012 Junior Boys AAA Football
2016 Senior Boys AAA Football

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Grad Class Notability
Bret Anderson 1993 Former BC Lions slot back
Sandy Beveridge 1999 Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats safety
Sukh Chungh 2010 Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman
Lynn Colliar 1985 Anchor of Global BC's Morning News
Terry Fox 1976 Ran the Marathon of Hope
Con Kudaba 2005 2008 Olympian ( Beijing ) Canadian National Water Polo Team
Sandra Montgomery (Watson) 1976 Script Supervisor (Once Upon a Time (TV Series), The Flash (2014 TV Series), Midnight Sun (2016 Film), Birth of the Dragon)
Pia Guerra 1990 Comic book artist
Jamall Lee 2005 Ed Herberts award recipient, 2006 BCAA AAA Provincial All Star, Football Athlete of the Year, BC Lions Running Back
Rachel Marsden 1992 Political commentator, Columnist, CNN contributor, Fox News co-host
Dan Payne 1984 Canadian Football League offensive linesman and Olympic wrestler
Christopher Rinke 1978 Olympic wrestler. 1984 Bronze medalist in the Men's Freestyle Middleweight (82 kg) category
Steve Skroce 1991 Comic book and movie storyboard artist
Chris Szarka 1993 Former Saskatchewan Roughriders fullback
Ian Tracey 1982 Actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Intelligence, Huckleberry Finn and His Friends)
Keanu Pires 2009 Actor (The Sandlot: Heading Home)
Brittany Rogers 2011 Olympic Gymnast
Dean Whalen 2000 World Wide Group Diamond
Con Kudaba 2005 Beijing Olympics, Canadian National Water Polo Team 2008
Artour Babev 2016 Professional Dota 2 player, mid laner for Evil Geniuses


  1. ^ "Student Statistics - Terry Fox Secondary" (PDF). May 2016. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Port Coquitlam Secondary". March 2016. 
  3. ^ BC High School Boys - AAA Ranking (Feb. 21, 2008)

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