École Secondaire Oak Bay High School is a high school in the Greater Victoria School District and is located in Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The enrollment is approximately 1,400 students attending in grades 9 to 12 in both regular and French immersion programs. The school moved into new facilities on the same site in 2015. The construction took roughly 2.5 years.

École Secondaire
Oak Bay
High School
Oak Bay High School, street facade, 2015
2121 Cadboro Bay Rd.

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Coordinates48°25′56″N 123°19′03″W / 48.43229°N 123.3174°W / 48.43229; -123.3174
School typePublic, high school
MottoDe Humanitate
(Of humanity)
School boardSchool District 61 Greater Victoria
PrincipalMr. Shawn Boulding
Enrollment1367[1] (2022-2023)
LanguageEnglish, French
AreaOak Bay
MascotNutty the Acorn
Team nameBarbarians, Bays, Breakers, Barbers

History and facilities edit

The first high school in Oak Bay was opened in 1915 where the Oak Bay Municipal Hall now stands. However this school quickly became over-crowded and replaced by what was the East Building at the school's present location on Cranmore Road in 1929. Oak Bay Junior High school was constructed on the west side of the school property opening in 1953. The two schools were amalgamated in the late 1970s and the buildings named "West" and "East".[2]

When the province renamed all its high schools 'Secondary School', Oak Bay High School, Victoria High School, and Esquimalt High School were the only schools to retain 'High School' as part of their names.

In October, 2011 plans were announced to replace the existing school with a new $50 million facility to accommodate up to 1,300 students, including 100 international students, as well as a Neighbourhood Learning Centre.[3] The existing 1957-era gymnasium will be converted into a performing arts theatre with support space for both school and community use.[4] Construction began in the summer of 2013. The new building was completed for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The site work and removal of the old buildings is expected to be completed by 2016.[5][6] By September 2015, the entire main building of the school had been finished construction, though the artificial turf soccer field, and the new rugby pitch, were under construction as late as 2020.

Athletics edit

Oak Bay has a large athletics program; its teams compete in basketball (Bays), rugby (Barbarians), cross country running, track and field, soccer, volleyball (Barbers), field hockey, badminton, tennis, cycling, sailing, skiing & snowboarding and cricket.[citation needed] Oak Bay's Track and Field team is widely regarded as the most successful high school track team in British Columbia. The team has won over 10 Provincial titles and is a perennial island and city champion.

Fine Arts edit

Oak Bay has a Fine Arts program, including choirs, bands, a string orchestra and multiple dance troupes. Oak Bay Secondary puts on an annual musical production, run and performed by the senior students. Oak Bay High School also hosts an arts program, including, from 1996–2006, the Oak Bay Community Theater.

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "School Enrollment Numbers". School District 61 Greater Victoria. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  2. ^ "About Oak Bay High School". Oak Bay High School Home Page. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  3. ^ School District announcement, October 28, 2011; retrieved 2012-03-04
  4. ^ Oak Bay News, November 1, 2011; retrieved 2012-03-04
  5. ^ School District announcement, June 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-17
  6. ^ Partnerships BC Request for Proposal. Retrieved 2013-05-22
  7. ^ "Jack Knox: Challenging days for Oak Bay grad who is prime minister of Bulgaria". Victoria Times Colonist. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  8. ^ Stanier, R. Y. (1980). "The Journey, not the Arrival, Matters". Annual Review of Microbiology. 34: 1–48. doi:10.1146/annurev.mi.34.100180.000245. PMID 6776882. (subscription required)

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