Vancouver College

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Vancouver College
VC School Crest.png
5400 Cartier Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 3A5
Coordinates 49°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 type Independent
Motto "Semper Fidelis"
(Always Faithful)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1922
School board CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese)
Superintendent Dan Moric
President John Nixon
Principal Johnny Bevacqua
Grades K-12 (boys only)
Enrollment 1060 (2015-2016)
Language English
Area Shaughnessy, Vancouver
Colour(s) Purple and Gold         
Mascot Fighting Finnegan
Team name Fighting 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 state-of-the-art "super" laboratory, a greenhouse, a brand-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, and the other serving as a weight-training facility. The Fitness Centre is attached directly to the new South Gym, serving as an athletic complex for the benefit of its students and staff. Following this, the Kucher Centre for the Performing Arts opened in December 2008, helping to expand the school's grounded traditions in the performing arts. 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 enhancements to O'Hagan include a world class 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 6, 2015, Vancouver College celebrated the rededication and renaming of the Dave Hardy Gym to the Christian Brothers Gym.



The school competes in many sports, including:

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

Students are expected and 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 College has an amicable rivalry with St. George's School and competes in the annual Saints-College Boat race, a rowing regatta to display the competitive nature between the schools.
  • The school is a popular shooting spot for television and film productions.[3]


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