Recent Book – “From Classroom to Battlefield”

To mark the 100th anniversary of the present Vic High building, and of the outbreak of World War I, award-winning historian Dr. Barry Gough (VHS 1956) has written a new book entitled From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War.

Dr. Gough unveiled his latest work in November 2014, at a book-launch reception held in the Victoria High School library. This took place immediately after the school’s annual Remembrance Day assembly in the Lawrie J. Wallace Auditorium, at which Dr. Gough was a special guest speaker.

A limited hardcover Alumni edition, embossed with the Vic High crest, is now available for purchase ($30, including taxes) – a wonderful gift for history buffs and Vic High grads and supporters.  This special edition is available through the Vic High Archives located in the school and open every Tuesday morning (call the school at 250-388-5456 and ask for the Archives) or through JoAnne Botten ( or Mary Ann Roueche ( of the Vic High Alumni Association.  For further information, please contact King Lee at A softcover edition of the book is also available in bookstores.

The book received a 2015 Communication award from Victoria’s Hallmark Society (click here), a prestigious organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings. It has also received excellent reviews from the Times Colonist (click here) and the journal BC Studies (click here). To read Dr. Gough’s reflections on writing the book, click here.


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