- Kitsilano Secondary School
name= Kitsilano Secondary School
motto= Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light)
streetaddress= 2550 West 10th Avenue
postalcode= V6K 2J6
School District 39 Vancouverand #93 (French)
trustee= Shirley M. Wong
principal= Thomas Grant
viceprincipal= Rick Mesich
French immersion, French
teamname= Blue Demons
colours= royal blue and gold
founded= 1918, 1927
enrollment= 1353 [http://www.vsb.bc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/F4CC82AB-7655-4240-B8BD-1C35CF67054A/0/ReadyRefcondensedversionrevisedjan.pdf Ready Reference March 2008] ]
enrollment_as_of= March 2008
Kitsilano Secondary School is a high school in the
Kitsilanoneighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school has several district programs including French immersion, on-site pre-employment, the Francophone Education Authority. Advanced Placement courses are also offered.
The students selected royal blue and gold as the school colors, based in those at Aberdeen University (the Alma Mater of one of their teachers); the first Latin classes chose "Fiat Lux" (Let there be light) as the school motto. The original school crest was designed by Mr. S. P. Judge, the first art teacher at Kitsilano, and although the crest has undergone some slight changes over the decades, it still proudly displays the colors and motto.
Many movies have been filmed at Kitsilano, such as "Santa Claus 2" and the upcoming "Personal Effects" with Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer. Other famous people that have come to Kitsilano are Brad Pitt, who joined the Montreal Canadiens Fan Club, sponsored by Mr. Vulgaris.
The school song "Hail Kitsilano" was composed in
The main foyer is home to a portrait of Chief
August Jack Khahtsahlano, the school's namesake. The auditorium houses a Tanu totem polecarved by Don Yeomansin 1986in honour of Vancouver's centennial.
:Hail Kitsilano,:Hail gold and blue!:Rah! Rah! Rah!:Sing we thy praises,:All thy sons to thee are true!:Rah!:Hail Kitsilano,:We shout to the sky!:Honour and glory then :To Kitsilano High
The school song is traditionally sung at assemblies and the end of the commencement ceremony. It is always sung loudly, proudly and together.
Kitsilano won the HSBC basketball tournament in Vancouver B.C. in 2007, winning over St. Georges Privite School. They also won the city high school hockey championship, the Grade 8 boys rugby, Grade 8 girls basketball and Grade 8 girls volleyball.
Ryan Cadman, class of 1984, aka Mr. Kitsilano, Holds the VSB single regular season record for Penalty kicks saved in 1982 (7 saves) . Also Co MVP Lower mainland with John Knight(multiple MVP winner 1981,82,83).
Tony Buzan, class of 1960, is the originator of mind mappingand coined the term mental literacy.
Mary Stewart (swimmer), class of 1963, World Record holder of 100m Butterfly 1:07.3 on 28 July 1962, member (inducted 1966) of BC Sports Hall of Fame
* Fred Latremouille, class of 1963, well known Vancouver Broadcaster. Co-host of the Latremornings show on
CKCL-FMwith his wife Cathy
Roy Peterson, editorial cartoonist
Ryan Reynolds, television/movie actor
Joshua Jackson, television/movie actor
*"Jimmy" James Henry Whalen, WWII ace
Kathleen Heddle, Olympic rower, 3-time Gold medallist
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, environmental activist, daughter of David Suzuki
Kitsilano has recently developed a pilot project, the Multi-Age Cluster Class (MACC), which allows students to accelerate through high school. These students may graduate from three to five years, instead of the standard five.
Kitsilano also has a history of including both physically and mentally challenged students into their mainstream programs. Students with Down's syndrome and other mental challenges are involved in all aspects of student life, take the same courses as other students and are provided special assistance (aides and resources) as well as the opportunity to take their courses over extra years to ensure achievement. In 1999, an elevator was constructed on the northwest corner of the building to allow wheelchair access throughout the building.
* [http://kitsilano.vsb.bc.ca/ Kitsilano Secondary School]
* [http://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools/Secondaryschools/03939006/default.htm Vancouver School Board - Kitsilano]
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