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Templeton Secondary School

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School type  Secondary School
Superintendent  John Lewis (acting)
Principal  Aaron Davis
District  Vancouver School Board
Motto  "Pro Bono Omnium"
Founded  1927
Area trustee  Stacy Robertson
Phone  +1 604-713-8984
School number  03939010
Templeton Secondary School
Director  Magdalena Kassis (Director of Instruction)
Address  727 Templeton Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 4N8, Canada
Similar  Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver Technical Secondary, John Oliver Secondary School, King George Secondar, Sir Charles Tupper Secondar

Templeton Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood on the east side of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its student teams won the SmartAsk competition in 2004 and the Junior Reach For The Top provincial championships in 2015. It has also won many awards for drama productions and for student films. Templeton is known for its successful theatre and film programs, regarded as one of the best in British Columbia, and also its Culinary Arts Program.



As of 2015, Templeton has approximately 800 students. The student population is a multicultural student body with approximately two-thirds of the students reporting a language other than English as their first language. Over forty languages and dialects are spoken. Of all secondary schools in Vancouver, Templeton has the highest percentage of students born in Canada according to 2010 school district data. Approximately one third of the students report that Chinese is the language spoken at home. First Nations students comprise six percent of the school population. Templeton students span the spectrum of academic abilities, from gifted learners to those with learning difficulties. There is a program for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and/or autism.


Templeton Junior High opened in the fall of 1927, with H. B. Fitch as the first Principal. The name of the school is from William Templeton, a former mayor of Vancouver. The school's motto, "Pro Bono Omnium", which translates as "For The Good Of All", was chosen in 1927 by Mr. Fitch, the staff, and the students. In 1956, Grade 10 students were added, and in 1963, Grade 11 students were added. In 1964, the first Grade 12 students entered Templeton and it became Templeton Secondary School. In 1975, the Templeton Park Pool was completed, along with playing fields, a track, tennis courts and sand pits.


  • Students are part of a project based program, integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, learning through real-world applications. The STEM Program at Templeton is a great opportunity for those students wishing to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. At Templeton Secondary, STEM students will gain hands-on experience with woodworking, drafting, mechanics, electronics, computer science and robotics.
  • Templeton is home to a Mini-School Program for gifted children, from grades 8-12. The objective of the Mini School is to foster interdisciplinary learning and environmental stewardship through interdisciplinary activities and field trips that bring the students together for a more closer relationship with each other. All of the Mini-School students go to Strathcona Park in grades 8, 10 and 12, Bamfield Marine Science Centre (grade 8) as well as other grade specific destinations, such as Victoria (grade 10) and Ashland, Oregon (grade 11).
  • Templeton Secondary also offers English and Socials Enriched Programs for grades 8-11, in which students follow the same curriculum of the regular English and Socials program but goes into further detail of literature and themes and requires independent analysis and thought of literature (English) and challenges the learner and critical thinking (Socials). Both Enriched courses have more emphasis on group work and to an extent, more independent based learning. They are also advanced classes to the regular English and Socials curriculum.
  • Math and Science 8 Challenge Programs, which allows a student to complete two years of Math and Science curriculum in one year.
  • Templeton Secondary also offers courses in Home Economics, Typing, Sewing, Auto Mechanics, Electronics, Woodworking, Tourism, Literature, Photography, Art, Music, Choir, Drama and Film, and Television.
  • ACE-IT program
  • Secondary School Apprenticeship program
  • Aboriginal cultural enhancement

    Templeton has a stated goal of building knowledge, acceptance, empathy, and appreciation of Aboriginal peoples' histories. The school has a Sacred Room, a welcoming and comfortable space for all students that celebrates Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

    In popular culture

    Bryan Adams performed in the auditorium for a lunch hour concert as a lead singer for Sweeney Todd in 1978.

    Many Hollywood producers and directors have commented that Templeton Secondary School has been one of the best schools in which they have filmed, stating that the students are very respectful to the actors and crew during filming. At times, students are allowed to watch the filming as long as they are quiet on the set. Templeton has been used as a set for a number of productions and presently continues to act as one.

  • Templeton Secondary is best known as the interior set for the fictional Smallville High in the television drama series Smallville, as well as Beachwood High School in the TV series Kyle XY; Beachwood High and Smallville High murals still remain in the school's hallway. The hallway commonly known to the students as the "Smallville Hallway" is where most filming takes place for television and movies.
  • The TV shows Aliens in America, 21 Jump Street, and Bionic Woman were filmed at Templeton Secondary School.
  • Scenes for the movie Personal Effects (2009) starring actors Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer were filmed in the gym and parking lot of the school in November 2007. The movie was released universally on May 12, 2009.
  • Scenes from the movie What Goes Up starring actors Hilary Duff and Josh Peck were filmed at the school in December 2007. The movie was released on May 29, 2009.
  • The Nickelodeon original movie Gym Teacher: The Movie starring Nathan Kress, Avan Jogia, Brenna O'Brien, and Christopher Meloni was filmed at the school in January 2008. It premiered on September 12, 2008.
  • The Nickelodeon original movie Spectacular! starring Victoria Justice, Avan Jogia, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Tammin Sursok, and Andrea Lewis was filmed at the school in May 2008. It premiered on February 16, 2009.
  • The television movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins was filmed at the school in the summer of 2008. It was released on September 13, 2009, on Cartoon Network.
  • The popular American television series Supernatural was filmed at the school in November 2008 and February 2009.
  • The pilot of The CW show, The Vampire Diaries was filmed at Templeton.
  • The story-line of Dreamworks' 2007 American animated film Bee Movie was written at Templeton.
  • A few scenes from This Boy's Life, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, were filmed at Templeton.
  • Exterior scenes in Nickelodeon's 2010 television film The Boy Who Cried Werewolf were filmed at Templeton.
  • Exterior and hallway scenes depicting the fictional Chance Harbor High School in the 2011 television series The Secret Circle were filmed at Templeton.
  • Hallways, classrooms and auditorium in Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules were filmed at Templeton.
  • High school scenes in the 2014 film If I Stay, starring ChloĆ« Grace Moretz and Mireille Enos, were filmed at Templeton.
  • High school interior scenes in the television series iZombie were filmed at Templeton.
  • Scenes from the miniseries When We Rise, written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black were filmed at Templeton.
  • High school scenes in the 2017 film Power Rangers were filmed at Templeton.
  • Notable alumni

  • Francesco Aquilini, businessman, investor and philanthropist
  • Barry Beck, hockey player and former New York Rangers captain
  • Linda Chung, actor, singer, winner of Miss Chinese Vancouver 2003 and Miss Chinese International 2004
  • Wayde Compton, author
  • John Ferguson, Sr., former Montreal Canadiens player and father of former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson, Jr.
  • James Al Hendrix, father of the musician Jimi Hendrix
  • James Crescenzo, actor
  • Paloma Kwiatkowski, actor
  • Evelyn Lau, author
  • Bobby Lenarduzzi, soccer player, President of Vancouver Whitecaps and member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Maya Miller, drummer of the band The Pack A.D.
  • Domenic Mobilio, soccer player
  • David H.T. Wong, architect and graphic novelist
  • References

    Templeton Secondary School Wikipedia

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