Vancouver College

Vancouver College (referred to informally as VC) is an all-boys university-preparatory Catholic school (K-12) located in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. VC's elementary and secondary programs have a combined population of over 1,000 students. Despite its Catholic denomination, it is open to all religions. The school participates in sporting events under the moniker of the "Fighting Irish"


Vancouver College

Vancouver College was founded in 1922 by the Christian Brothers, a worldwide community of religious brothers of the Catholic church founded by Edmund Rice. The school also offered boarding facilities until 1986, when the dormitory was closed and renovated to its present conditions. Its archived history, displayed through galleries throughout the school, highlights its deep tradition in academia, athletics and the arts.

The school's focus is on the physical, emotional, artistic, athletic, academic and spiritual development of its students. The school's rigorous academic atmosphere, complemented by its strong athletics, strive to provide a strong base from which its students will succeed, highlighted in the school's motto "Leave Here A Better Man".


Vancouver College


Vancouver College

Athletics are a key part of the tradition and culture of Vancouver College. The school competes in many sports, including

Students are expected and encouraged to participate in these programs. The football and basketball programs traditionally rank among the top teams in British Columbia, while VC's rowing has performed well at nationals, often ranking first or second. VC's teams are known as the "Fighting Irish", a slogan used as a reflection of school pride.

For the Irish, the 2007-2008 season was full of astounding achievements. The VC badminton and track and field teams came first in the province, and the rugby team (despite being the first College team since 1928) won the Lower Mainland New Zealand Shield.

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


Vancouver College has many student clubs, many of which include:

  • Student Council
  • Environment Club
  • Art Club
  • Graduation Committee
  • Senior Edmundians
  • Junior Edmundians
  • The Annual "One World One Heart" Social Justice Conference (OWOH)
  • The Lettermen Society
  • Debate Society
  • Yearbook: The Collegian
  • Social Justice Club
  • Science Club (STRINGS)
  • The Voice Newspaper
  • Reach for the Top
  • Pro-Life
  • Model United Nations
  • Chess Club
  • Financial Literacy for Youth
  • Investment Club
  • Audio Visual Club
  • VC Ambassadors
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Book Club
  • Yoga Club

Student clubs are, much of the time, solely organized and established based on student interest and support, therefore providing opportunities for student leadership.

Notable alumni

  • Shea Emry - Linebacker, Montreal Alouettes
  • Angus Reid - Centre, BC Lions
  • Bryan Chiu - Centre, Montreal Alouettes
  • Sean Fleming - Kicker/Punter, Edmonton Eskimos
  • Kevin Eiben - Linebacker, Toronto Argonauts
  • Jamie Boreham - Kicker/Punter, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Bob Ackles - President, BC Lions
  • Raymond Sawada - Hockey prospect, Belfast Giants
  • Tony Gallagher - Columnist, Vancouver Province
  • Peter Dyakowski - Offensive lineman, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Jacob Lensky - Soccer player, FC Utrecht
  • Donald Wong - Right Wing, Hong Kong National Hockey Team
  • Kevin Falcon - Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
  • Philip Scrubb - 4 time Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men's Basketball National Champion Carleton Ravens
  • Pete Ohler - CFL player
  • Ryan Cheng - YouTube Comedian
  • Jay Adams - Canucks Writer
  • Wes Cordick - Vancouver Police Officer

New Wing

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. This new addition to Vancouver College's academic community consists of four brand-new science classrooms, a state-of-the-art "super" laboratory, a greenhouse as well as 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 Performing Arts Centre 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 later renamed the Dave Hardy Gym after David G. Hardy, the principal (2003-2009) and former president of the school.


Students observe two distinct dress codes: Summer dress code and Winter dress code. When Winter dress code is in effect, students are required to wear grey dress pants, long-sleeved white dress shirts, and a school tie. Students must always wear black Oxford-style shoes (except in the summer, where they may be substituted with sandals worn with socks.) In cases of inclement weather, students may choose to wear one of four school sweaters: The traditional winter sweater, the traditional Varsity Letterman sweater, the tradition Edmundian sweater, or the Student Council sweater. Students may also opt to wear the school Monogrammed Bomber jacket or the traditional Varsity Letterman jacket.

(Optional) For Summer dress code, Vancouver College students wear the VC Fighting Irish Polo Shirt, along with the Fighting Irish beige coloured shorts. Students may wear different polo shirts as a status of which club or sport they belong to. For example, a student may choose to wear the Vancouver College "Golf", "Rowing", "Band", "Environment Club", "Rugby", "Football" or "Badminton" polo, along with others, to distinguish their involvement within the school community.

Along with this, students in Grade 12 are given custom sweaters, unique to their year, to identify themselves as graduating seniors. Through the school's uniform system, students are highly individualized through a variety of options that help distinguish them within the school's community.

The traditional Winter uniform is mandatory for formal ceremonies and presentations, and may be worn even if Summer dress code is in effect.


  • 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 ranked as one of Canada's top 25 private schools, according to
  • The school is ranked in the top 5 private schools in Vancouver
  • The school is a popular shooting spot for television and film productions, including Smallville, 21 Jump Street, X-Files, Final Destination 3, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Walking Tall, Saving Silverman, "Angels in the Endzone", "Intelligence", She's the Man and "Girl vs. Monster".



External links

  • Vancouver College
  • Schools affiliated with Edmund Rice

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