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Sir William Van Horne Elementary School

Sir William Van Horne Elementary School is a public elementary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, part of School District 39 Vancouver.

Sir William Van Horne Elementary School
Coordinates49°13′54″N 123°06′23″W / 49.2318°N 123.1063°W / 49.2318; -123.1063
TypeElementary school
PrincipalStephen Leung
Enrollmentabout 420[1]
Color(s)Blue, White, and Silver
Location of the school, with the attendance catchment outlined in red



It is located in the Oakridge neighborhood of Vancouver. The school itself is located in the Eric Hamber Secondary catchment area, however students are commonly split up for post secondary education as Van Horne's catchment covers parts of both the Eric Hamber and John Oliver Secondary catchments.


Van Horne was built in 1911, and was named after Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, the general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On May 26, 2011, Van Horne celebrated its centennial.


The main building (built in 1911) was built in a neoclassical style with brick common to many Vancouver Schools built at the turn of the 20th century. The addition of a gymnasium and classrooms were added in later years. In 2003 the VSB began seismic upgrades on the school, including the re-arrangement of classrooms, the addition of new library and computer lab facilities. On the west side of the main building, there are two detached classrooms.

Distance EducationEdit

In 2006, Van Horne was chosen as the host school for the GVDES (Greater Vancouver Distance Education School) Primary Program, but in 2009, the GVDES moved to the nearby high school, John Oliver Secondary School.