Centennial Secondary School (Coquitlam)

Centennial Secondary School
Centennial Secondary School
570 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3J 6A8
Coordinates 49°15′11″N 122°50′52″W / 49.25306°N 122.84778°W / 49.25306; -122.84778Coordinates: 49°15′11″N 122°50′52″W / 49.25306°N 122.84778°W / 49.25306; -122.84778
School type Public, high school
Established 1966
School district School District 43 Coquitlam
School number 4343076
Principal Mr. Jon Bruneau
Staff 135
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1300 (31 January 2015)
Campus Open Campus
Colour(s)      Red
Mascot Centaur
Website www.sd43.bc.ca/secondary/centennial
Last updated: 01 September 2015

Centennial Secondary School is a high school located in Coquitlam, British Columbia, established in 1967, the centennial year of Canadian Confederation. It is part of School District 43 Coquitlam. Centennial has approximately 1300 students and is structured on a semester system. In addition to academic programs, it offers special programs such as Football, Computer Game Design, Culinary Arts, Automotive Technology, a Hockey Academy, and Experiential Studies. The school will close in 2016 and be replaced by a smaller building closer to the grassy field.


Centennial Secondary School was built in 1966, a year before the centennial of Canada's founding. It was completed one year after adjacent Vanier Elementary opened in 1965. Its running track was completed soon after on an empty grassy field.

On January 31, 2013, Centennial reduced its number of vice principals to two, likely because of the low number of students currently enrolled in the school. It is unknown if this is permanent.

Programs and Athletics

Music Department

Centennial's music department offers concert and jazz bands and choirs. The theatre department offers varying programs including Shabooya (theatresports), Metfest, Centfest, and Musical Theatre classes. The music department works together with the theatre department to put on a major production every year. The 2009 production of "Grease" was well received by the local community and all shows were sold out prior to the production dates.[1]

Summer Learning

Centennial is one of two secondary schools in the district to offer summer learning credit courses, the other being Gleneagle Secondary. Most core courses are available, especially those required for graduation. Students may take up to two courses with a refundable deposit of $100 each. Courses can be face-to-face or a combination of online and traditional learning (FastTrack).


There are many student-run and teacher-directed clubs and organizations at Centennial, including After School Discussion Groups, Amnesty International, The Aquatic Conservation Team, The Art & Design Club, The Book Club, Bubble Cents (a bubble tea club), The Business Club, Dare To Care, The Debate Club, Drag Racing, Dragonboat, Eurotour, The Games Club, The Gavel Club, Grad Council, Kids Help Phone, Leadership, Luthiers, The Manga Club, Math Crew, Pete's Place, Recycling Group, Red Cross, The Salmon Club, Skiers & Snowboarders, VOX, The Writer's Society, and World Vision.


The schools sports teams include badminton, basketball, cross country running, field hockey, field lacrosse, football, golf, gymnastics, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, Centennial (along with Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam) has been offering a hockey academy program to boys and girls. The program gives students three hours of course time on ice a week and two hours of off-ice instruction for four credits towards graduation. While hockey programs are common throughout other school districts in North America, this academy represents the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities.[2]

Building Replacement

Centennial Secondary's original school building, constructed in 1967, is currently being replaced with a newer building located on the same site. Once construction is complete, the old building will be demolished, with the exception of one of its gymnasiums. The new building was designed by Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects, and will have a capacity of 1250 students. The school's design is expected to meet LEED Gold standards, by utilizing features such as environmental conservation, energy efficiency, an emphasis on use of natural lighting, and natural landscaping. The school will have a teaching kitchen, shops for metal, automotive and carpentry, and a 220-seat theatre. Design features include classrooms with moveable walls, flexible learning spaces for student-teacher collaboration, and an outdoor amphitheatre.[3] The cost of the new school is $49-million, and includes construction of a new Neighbourhood Learning Centre that will house youth programs and post-secondary programs.[4]

The project was initially announced by the province in 2009. Detailed plans for the school replacement were presented to the public on January 17, 2012. Construction of the new school began in late 2013,[5] and is expected to be finished during the 2015-2016 school year.[6]

Several residents from the surrounding residential neighbourhood raised concerns about the proposed building's height, stating that portions of the building at a height of 16 metres would decrease property values, diminished sightlines, and restrict privacy and natural lighting. The project's architect responded by stating that testing concluding that no natural lighting to surrounding buildings would be lost.[7]

Notable alumni

James Moore, former Conservative cabinet minister and Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, graduated from Centennial in 1994.[8]

Former FA Premier League goalkeeper Craig Forrest attended Centennial School. Forrest appeared in 263 games for Ipswich Town, 30 games for West Ham United, and 3 games for Chelsea. Forrest also earned 56 caps for the Canadian national soccer team, the most of any goalkeeper in team history, and earned the most clean sheets in the country's history. Forrest was elected to Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.[9][10] Current Canadian national soccer team midfielder Jeff Clarke and Canadian women's national soccer player Brittany Timko also both attended Centennial School.[11][12]

Juno Award-winning rock musician Matthew Good graduated from Centennial School in 1989, and became lead singer for the Matthew Good Band, one of Canada's most successful alternative rock bands in the 1990s. Centennial School was featured in the "Alert Status Red" video, and its cheerleading squad recorded for "Giant".[13] The Matthew Good Band was dissolved in 2002, and Good has since pursued a solo career and established himself as a political activist, blogger, and author of a book of previously-published manifestos.[14]

Alex Stieda graduated in 1979, was an MVP on the Varsity Volleyball team and was the first Canadian and North American to earn and wear the Yellow Jersey in the 1986 Tour de France.

Brent Pierce, who graduated from Centennial Secondary in 1987, was on the Greg McAulay team that won the 2000 Briar (Canadian Curling Championships). He then participated at the 2000 Ford World Curling Championships. In 2009, Pierce was at the Briar again as the third on the Sean Geall team[15]

Former National Basketball Association player Lars Hansen played his high school basketball at Centennial School. He was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics 1979 NBA Championship team, and was elected to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.[16]

Model and host of MTV Select and G4techTV Amanda MacKay also attended Centennial School where she started her journalism career writing for the school's student newspaper.

Playboy Playmate and actress Dorothy Stratten attended Centennial High School. Stratten was Playmate of the Year for 1980. She appeared in several movies, including Peter Bogdanovich's "They All Laughed", before she was murdered by her estranged husband. Stratten was portrayed twice in biographies of her life, by Jamie Lee Curtis in Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, and by Mariel Hemingway in "Star 80".[17]


Centennial High School was used in the filming of an episode of Psych, Season 3 Episode 2, titled "Murder? … Anyone? … Anyone? … Bueller?"[18]

"Stand Against Fear" featuring Sarah Chalke was filmed at Centennial in 1996.

Scenes from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love were also filmed at Centennial.


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  2. Tri-City News: Coquitlam school district to offer hockey academies 17 April 2009
  3. "Centennial Secondary School". Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. Strandberg, Diane (January 5, 2012). "Moving walls, changing education". Tri-City News. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. Strandberg, Diane (October 24, 2013). "Construction starts on new Coquitlam high school". Tri-City News. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. "School construction marches forward in the new year". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. Kurucz, John (April 10, 2013). "Residents oppose Centennial rebuild plan". Coquitlam Now. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  8. Moore, James. "Biography page". Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  9. CSA: Forrest Named Honorary Chair of WYC 2007 Retrieved on 4 May 2005
  10. CSA: Forrest to Soccer Hall of Fame 4 December 2006
  11. PaulStalteri.com: Jeff Clarke Retrieved on 15 March 2009
  12. CSA: Brittany Timko Retrieved on 12 February 2009
  13. Canadaka.com: Matthew Good Retrieved on 12 February 2009
  14. Good, Matthew (2001). At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say. Insomniac Press. ISBN 1-894663-08-X.
  15. The Province: Geall wins B.C. curling Retrieved on 16 February 2009
  16. Canada Basketball: 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. 9 January 2008
  17. American Legends: Dorothy Stratten Retrieved on 13 February 2009
  18. McMurray, M. (Director). (2008). "Psych" Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? . United States: USA Network.

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