Britannia Secondary

Address: 1001 Cotton Drive

1909-present

Opened 24 August, 1908 in the Seymour Elementary building as a part of Vancouver High School. It became a separate entity in 1909 and moved to a new structure in January 1910. Also known as East End High and Seymour High. Expanded to a secondary school in 1955.

The story of Britannia High School dates from Monday, August 24, 1908. On that day, sixty-nine high school students, many of them formerly enrolled at Vancouver High School, began work in the Seymour Elementary School building. In January, 1910, the high school classes were transferred to the north wing of the present structure, the first to be finished. In this year, the name “East” High School gave place to the name “Britannia High School”.

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Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives.  Date: 1920.

School Portrait (1920)

Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives. Date: 1940

 

School Portrait (1930)

School Portrait (1930).  Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives.

 

Girls Basketball Team (1918)

Girls Basketball Team (1918).

 

School portrait of staff and students, 1920 (courtesy of the Vancouver City Archives.)

School portrait of staff and students (1920). Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives.

 

School Auditorium – View 1

School Auditorium – View 1.

 

School Auditorium – View 2

School Auditorium – View 2.

 

High School Cadet Band, 1924 (courtesy of the Vancouver City Archives)

High School Cadet Band (1924). Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives.

 

Grade 12 Homeroom Class (1940.)

Grade 12 Homeroom Class (1940).

 

Junior Boys Basketball Team – Lou Rosse, back row, at left (1947.)

Junior Boys Basketball Team – Lou Rosse, back row, at left (1947).

 

High School: Cast of Operetta, “The Buccaneers” (1947.)

High School: Cast of Operetta, “The Buccaneers” (1947).

 

Musical – “Tulip Time”. Cast members Lou Rosse and Eleanor Mackenzie, kissing (1949.)

Musical – “Tulip Time”. Cast members Lou Rosse and Eleanor Mackenzie, kissing (1949).

 

Grade 12 Homeroom Class (1949.)

Grade 12 Homeroom Class (1949).

 

Drama Group posing on the front steps of the school (1950.)

Drama Group posing on the front steps of the school (1950).

 

Two students using electric typewriters (1956.)

Two students using electric typewriters (1956).

 

Science classroom: Mr Len Chapman, science teacher, poses with two students (1956.)

Science classroom: Mr Len Chapman, science teacher, poses with two students (1956).

 

50th School Anniversary Celebration (1959.) Class of 1930

50th School Anniversary Celebration – Class of 1930 (1959).

 

50th School Anniversary Celebration (1959.)

50th School Anniversary Celebration (1959).

 

50th School Anniversary Celebration (1959.) Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bonner and Miss McNiven.

50th School Anniversary Celebration – Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bonner and Miss McNiven (1959).

 

Publicity Photo - Theatre Production (1960.)

Publicity Photo – Theatre Production (1960).

 

Opening of the New Wing (1967.)

Opening of the New Wing (1967).

 

Opening of the New Wing (1967.) Mr. J. R. Swanson, Principal, presents athletic trophy (with Joe Ferrera, Student Council President)

Opening of the New Wing – Mr. J. R. Swanson, Principal, presents athletic trophy (with Joe Ferrera, Student Council President.) (1967)

 

Filmstrip Projector in night school classroom (1969.)

Filmstrip Projector in night school classroom (1969).

 

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre (1976.)

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre (1976).

 

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre (1976.) Norval Brown, Principal.

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre – Norval Brown, Principal (1976).

 

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre (1976.)

Opening of the Britannia Community Services Centre – man in white shorts is Bill Vance, PE  teacher (1976).

 

Al Coulson, VSB official, presents a Continuing Education certificate to Helen Oui (1980.)

Al Coulson, VSB official, presents a Continuing Education certificate to Helen Oui (1980).