Richmond Secondary School

Richmond High School
7171 Minoru Blvd
Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 1Z3
Coordinates 49°09′41″N 123°08′34″W / 49.16135°N 123.14268°W / 49.16135; -123.14268Coordinates: 49°09′41″N 123°08′34″W / 49.16135°N 123.14268°W / 49.16135; -123.14268
School type Public, high school
Founded 1927
School board School District 38 Richmond
Principal Mr. Jim Allison
Staff 64
Grades 8–12
Enrollment 1228[1] (2009/2010)
Language English


Mascot Colt

Richmond Secondary School, (commonly, Richmond High School and RHS) is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, that educates approximately 1200 students from grades 8 to 12. Richmond Secondary is the only school in Richmond that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is a magnet school in the region.[2]


Richmond Secondary School has the distinction of being the City of Richmond’s first high school. Originally established in 1927 on Cambie and Sexsmith street as Richmond High School, it would undergo numerous location, name and organizational structure changes throughout its history.[3]

The first major change occurred in 1937 with the addition of grades 8 and 9 to the school. The school was renamed “Richmond Junior-Senior High School” to reflect this change.

In 1952, Richmond Junior-Senior High School was relocated to its current location at the intersection of Minoru Blvd and Granville Avenue. In addition, it was converted to strictly a senior high school, offering programs for grades 11 and 12 students only. Its name was changed accordingly to “Richmond Senior High School” [In 1982, at least, the name was "Richmond Senior Secondary School"]

In 1996, all schools in Richmond, including RHS, were converted to full spectrum grade 8–12 schools. Prior to this, all Richmond schools were either strictly senior or junior high schools. Richmond High was renamed “Richmond Secondary School”.

In the early 2000s, construction of a $16.6 million[4] replacement school building began on what used to be the school's grass field. The new building opened to students in on January 5, 2004. In the same year, the previous building, which had been in use for 50 years, was torn down and replaced with an artificial turf.[5]

Curriculum and notable programs

Richmond High operates on a ten-month school year cycle divided into three terms. The terms exist for the purpose of grading only; all courses at RHS last for the duration of the school year. RHS uses an alternating day 1/day 2 schedule. Each "day" is further divided into four blocks. 3 blocks with a single lunch break and then 1 more block. The typical student's schedule runs from 8:30am to 2:45pm, although some courses begin at 7:00am or immediately after school.[6]

The courses offered at Richmond Secondary are typical of any high school in Canada. Students may choose from a diverse range of elective courses like theatre arts, music, drafting, graphics and photography, metal and wood works, and chef training/cooking to supplement their core academic courses. Being a public school, all RHS students must complete the BC provincial curriculum. In addition, students may also enroll in one or more of the special programs listed below.

International Baccalaurate Programme

Richmond Secondary School has been an IB World School since July 1984 and is the only school in Richmond to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[2][7] The magnet IB program provides a challenging and globally accepted curriculum for grade 11 and 12 students, and has garnered Richmond Secondary a district-wide reputation as the "prep" school. As of 2010/2011, the following IB courses are offered:[8]

  • English A1 HL/SL
  • French B HL/SL
  • Mandarin Ab. SL
  • Mandarin B HL/SL
  • Japanese B HL/SL
  • Spanish B HL/SL
  • Geography HL/SL
  • History HL
  • Business HL/SL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Biology HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL
  • Mathematics HL/SL/Studies
  • Theatre Arts HL
  • Visual Arts HL/SL
  • Music HL/SL
  • Theory of Knowledge(TOK)

Global Perspectives Program

Richmond Secondary offers the Global Perspectives Program for Grade 12 students. Founded by former RHS teacher Ken Lorenz in 1995, the Global Perspectives course is a program where students embark on humanitarian trips to provide aid for those in developing countries. The Global Perspectives team of 2012/2013 will be assisting the Samoa government to repair damages caused by the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami. This represents the 19th annual project since the programme’s conception.[9]

AVID program

Richmond Secondary is currently one of the first pioneer schools in Canada to offer the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to grade 9–12 students.[10] The AVID program is an academic support program that prepares students for post-secondary education and enrollment, started in 1980 at Clairemont High School in San Diego.

Pre-employment and career-prep programs

Richmond Secondary houses numerous courses and programs designed to prepare students for life beyond high school and the workforce. In addition to applied skills elective courses such as drafting and CAD, woodworks, metal fabrication, and automotives, students may also choose to enroll in the pre-employment program. This program combines academics and work experience and aims to help students develop skills necessary for the job market.[8]

Richmond Secondary also hosts the school district's only student chef training program. The school is equipped with a full kitchen, in which student-trainees prepare meals and desserts for other students and faculty to be served during breakfast and lunch hours.[8] Richmond Secondary also has a well-equipped metal and woodworking shop, theatre, and music room.[11]

RHS also hosts the "Colt Young Parent Program", a program designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teenagers.


Richmond Secondary currently offers numerous athletic teams for students including basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, swimming, golf, badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, table tennis, and track and field.


The Richmond High basketball team were perennial provincial championship contenders in the 1980s and 90s under BC Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, coach Bill Disbrow. Richmond High has won a record five BC AAA Provincial Championships and produced five BC MVPs, 25 All-stars, and many players who have gone on to play in the NCAA and on the Canada national men's basketball team. Disbrow's program and the teams he worked with are viewed to be the best in Canada during the 80s and 90s.[12][13][14]

Richmond Secondary BC AAA Basketball Provincial Championship Games[15]
Year Winning Team Losing Team
1975 North Delta Huskies 72 Richmond Colts 57
1979 Burnaby South Rebels 65 Richmond Colts 47
1984 Steveston Packers 84 Richmond Colts 59
1985 Richmond Colts 74 Centennial Centaurs 61
1987 Richmond Colts 75 MEI Eagles 70
1988 Richmond Colts 99 Seaquam Seahawks 80
1990 North Delta Huskies 75 Richmond Colts 66
1991 Richmond Colts 94 Burnaby Central Wildcats 78
1994 Terry Fox Ravens 73 Richmond Colts 66
1998 Richmond Colts 76 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 66

RHS ties Vancouver College and Oak Bay High School for most number of BC provincial championships won.[16]


Richmond High also boasted a strong football team throughout the 1980s and 90s. The football program at Richmond Secondary ended in 2000 due to a shortage of players.

Richmond Secondary BC AAA Football Provincial Championship Games[17]
Year Winning Team Losing Team
1976 Richmond Colts 3 Notre Dame Jugglers 0
1983 Kamloops Red Devils 13 Richmond Colts 12
1987 Notre Dame Jugglers 40 Richmond Colts 6
1996 Richmond Colts 25 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 22
1997 Richmond Colts 43 Mouat Hawks 7
1998 Richmond Colts 27 STMC Knights 20

Ultimate Frisbee

The team has lasted for many years. But when two coaches from Vancouver joined the program in 2009, the team started to become a powerhouse. The program produced many junior national and world level players. Richmond High ended up with consecutive wins in cities and a 4th place finish in Tier 1 provincials ('14).[18] That marked the highest standing of a Richmond School has ever placed in provincials until 2016.

Richmond Secondary City Championship Games[19]
Year Round Winning Team Losing Team
2004 Quarter Hugh Boyd W Richmond High L
2005 Final J N Burnett W Richmond High L
2006 Semi Steveston-London 13 Richmond High 9
2007 Final Steveston-London W Richmond High L
2008 Quarter J N Burnett 12 Richmond High 8
2009 Final Richmond High W McMath L
2010 Final Richmond High W Hugh McRoberts L
2011 Final Richmond High W McMath L
2013 Final Richmond High W McMath L
2014 Final Richmond High W McMath L
2015 Semi A.R. MacNeill 9 Richmond High 6
2016 Final Hugh McRoberts 11 Richmond High 10

Student life

Richmond Secondary houses a diverse list of school-run organizations and clubs. These range from service clubs such as the Student Council, the Red Cross Club and the "Colts that Care" volunteer club, to competitive academic organizations like the Math Club, the Business Club and Reach for the Top Team, to social unions such as the Japanese Cultural Club, an environmental club such as the Green Team, and to charity clubs.

RHS's Student Council is responsible for organizing a large portion of school events. Recurring annual events include school dances, the basketball home opener pep rally, the "Colt Idol" singing contest, and various spirit days.

The Grad Committee, composed of grade 12 volunteers, organizes fundraisers and co-ordinates events such as Winter Formal and Grad Dinner & Dance.

The Colt Zone offers a variety of snack foods, such as chips, candy bars, samosas, and drinks. Funds raised by the Colt Zone are directly returned to the school to support initiatives such as Global Perspectives, Grad Committee, Dry Grad and certain clubs.


Richmond Secondary School is notable for its racial diversity and its large Asian population. As of the 2009–2010 school year, 54.8% of students listed Chinese (either Mandarin, Cantonese, or a local dialect), and 72.3% of students reported a language other than English as the primary language used at home.[1] While unusual for a North American school, these figures are perhaps unsurprising for a high school situated in the city of Richmond, which has the highest percentage of immigrants of any city in Canada.[20]

Richmond High's feeder schools are Blundell, Brighouse, and Ferris Elementary School.[21]

Notable alumni


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