Vancouver College

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Vancouver College
VC School Crest.png
5400 Cartier Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 3A5
Coordinates49°14′11″N 123°08′09″W / 49.2363°N 123.1359°W / 49.2363; -123.1359Coordinates: 49°14′11″N 123°08′09″W / 49.2363°N 123.1359°W / 49.2363; -123.1359
School typeIndependent
Motto"Semper Fidelis"
(Forever Faithful)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Sister schoolLittle Flower Academy
School boardCISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese)
SuperintendentDan Moric
PresidentJohn Nixon
PrincipalJohnny Bevacqua
Enrolment1060 (2015-2016)
AreaShaughnessy, Vancouver
Colour(s)Purple and Gold         
MascotFighting Finnegan
Team nameFighting Irish

Vancouver College (referred to informally as VC) is an independent university-preparatory Catholic school for boys located in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1922, it is the only independent Catholic all-boys school in British Columbia. Despite the school's Catholic denomination, it is open to students of all religions.

Science and High Performance Wing[edit]

The Holler Family Science Centre

On November 2, 2007, Vancouver College officially opened the Holler Family Science Centre and the new South Gym. The facilities were blessed by The Most Rev. Raymond Roussin, SM, the former Archbishop of Vancouver. They consist of four brand-new science classrooms, a "super" laboratory, a greenhouse, a new gymnasium, and several offices and classrooms serving the school's curricular and extra-curricular interests.

On January 30, 2008, construction had finished on the school's High Performance Fitness Centre. The Centre consists of two floors, the first being a cardiovascular training area containing Indoor Rowers, stationary bicycles, treadmills, and a stair climber. The upper floor functions as a weight-training facility where the athletics teams get weight training. The facility is known to be one of the best gyms in the lower mainland. The Fitness Centre is attached directly to the new South Gym, serving as an athletic complex for its students and staff. Following this, the Kucher Centre for the Performing Arts opened in December 2008. The centre is a large underground theatre with complete audio visual systems

On September 26, 2009, Vancouver College celebrated the Blessing and Rededication of O’Hagan Field, featuring an all weather synthetic field. Other changes to O'Hagan include a track and a new playground for Elementary students.

The new South Gym was named the Dave Hardy Gym after David G. Hardy, the first lay principal of the school. On November 7, 2015, Vancouver College celebrated the rededication and renaming of the Dave Hardy Gym to the Christian Brothers Gym.

The school is now considered the Senior School as the old building isn't in operation anymore. Now the elementary students go to the newest school located south of the Science Wing.



The school competes in many sports, including:

O'Hagan Field - produced professional star athletes & where movies have been filmed.

Students are encouraged to participate in these programs. The football program had continually ranked among the top teams in British Columbia. The competitive teams are known as the "Fighting Irish".

In 2010, head Coach Todd Bernett led the Fighting Irish Varsity football team to their first BC provincial title since 1994.[2]


  • Vancouver College's "sister" school is Little Flower Academy; it also has well-established relationships with York House School and Crofton House School.
  • The Vancouver College rowing team is considered one of the best in Canada. Every year the team competes at a high level during the National Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario, and often times winning gold in both Junior and Senior categories.
  • The College has an amicable rivalry with St. George's School and competes in the annual Saints-College basketball series drawing in thousands of viewers all over the world. The football team draws in as much view for their homecoming games and The archbishops cup against Notre Dame
  • The school is a popular shooting spot for television and film productions.[3] A recent film production at the school is Wonder directed by Stephen Chbosky


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