Vic High Stories

So many great stories, so little time…but here’s a start. We’ll add more as we find them, write them, share them. Please send stories, story ideas, the more the better. Enjoy!

1986 A Day in the Life of Vic High

Students and staff share a moment in time, March 6, 1986.

A Soccer Ball Rolls Through It

A Soccer Ball Rolls Through It. A century of “the beautiful game” at Vic High. by Barrie Moen and Doug Puritch (VHS 1969)

Vic High History…1876 and Counting

Victoria High School is the oldest public high school in western Canada. It opened on August 7, 1876, with an enrolment of 12 girls and 22 boys. Vic High has […]

Vic High History 1974-2020

VIC HIGH ARCHIVES HISTORY 1974-2020 It all started in 1974 when a Centennial Celebration Committee (CCC) was formed by then-principal Duncan Lorimer and chaired by Laurie Wallace (1930) to oversee […]

Remembering Debbie Blackie

Debbie Blackie, Passionate Archives Volunteer by Barrie Moen An unexpected shadow was cast over the Vic High Archives on August 27, 2019 with the sudden passing of Archives volunteer Debbie […]

Finding Their Way to the Stars

Finding Their Way to the Stars. A profile of two Fairfield boys who became internationally known physicists, and who inspired a new interest in astronomy at present-day Vic High. by Barrie […]

Happy or Helsinki?

Happy or Helsinki? In preparation for the 1952 Olympics in Finland, the Canadian Olympic Association invited Vic High grad Norma Stewart to Montreal to train for Canada’s swim team. But for Norma, […]

The Play’s the Thing

The Play’s the Thing. An illustrated history of Shakespeare productions in the new Vic High Auditorium during World War I. by Stephanie Ann Warner

Vic High and Ice Hockey

Vic High and Ice Hockey. A review of the early history of ice-hockey in Victoria and particularly at Victoria High School. by Barrie Moen (VHS 1969)

Mr. Smith’s Walking Stick

Mr. Smith’s Walking Stick. In 1893 a group of Vic High students presented their departing teacher with an engraved silver-handled walking stick — and now it’s come home from Alberta! A true treasure […]

Grads in the Attic

Grads in the Attic. A place of history and mystery! Take a virtual tour of the attic to find your name, or to take the tour you never got to […]

A Brief (Video) History of Vic High

A Brief (Video) History of Vic High. This 5-minute video was made by Camosun College students about 1990. Digitized by Eric Earl (VHS 1968) and Kal Czotter (VHS 1972)

What Is the Fashionable Vic High Girl Wearing?

What Is the Fashionable Vic High Girl Wearing? From the early 1900s to the late 1930s it was the “middy blouse”. by the Archives team

VHS Band Trip, 1965, to Clinton BC

Read Stephen Fawcett’s brief memoir of the trip.

Sewing Club, Pep Meetings and Noon Dances, One Girl’s Senior Matric Year in 1940-41

Sewing Club, Pep Meetings and Noon Dances, One Girl’s Senior Matric Year in 1940-41. Ethel Rowe graduated from Vic High in 1941. Her granddaughter Stephanie Warner recently uncovered Ethel’s high-school pictures […]

Cumby’s Ghost

Cumby’s Ghost. He was perhaps the most accomplished high-school coach that no one’s ever heard of. Is that why his ghost might still walk the halls of Vic High? by Barrie Moen (VHS […]

Archive Treasure 1884

Archive Treasure 1884. It was probably a Christmas present: a delicate hand-painted autograph book used by a Vic High girl from 1884 to 1887. Recently it was donated to our […]

The Block V

The Block V. Have you ever wondered why you didn’t receive a Block V? This intriguing story explains what accomplishments were needed and what  the associated number meant. by the Archives team

Victoria High School in the 1950s

Victoria High School in the 1950s. A Vic High grad recalls some of the influences that led to his successful career as a particle physicist, in an article originally written […]

Journalism Teacher Stan Murphy Nurtured Hall-Of-Fame Writing Career

Journalism Teacher Stan Murphy Nurtured Hall-Of-Fame Writing Career by King Lee (VHS 1958)

The Lucas Family at Victoria High School

The Lucas Family at Victoria High School. Memoirs and mementoes from a newly-arrived family of Irish immigrants who came to Vic High a century ago. by Anne Clark

A Thomson Cup Comes Home

A Thomson Cup Comes Home The BC Boys Rugby Championship Trophy that Vic High won during the 1925-1926 school year is donated to the Archives. by Barrie Moen (VHS 1969)

A Time for T.

A Time for T. Why do all the Vic High team names begin with T? A simple question leads our Archives volunteer on a search through Vic High’s athletic glory […]

The Jacket from Vic High

The Jacket from Vic High  A recent email request to our Archives uncovered this story about a boy from England whose life was changed by coming to Vic High for […]

Fire at Will

Fire at Will  A true tale about the danger of hanging out in the old attic back in ’44.  The adventure of  “Sylvia Corbett and the Whistling Bullet.” by Barrie Moen […]

Artifacts in the Air Ducts

Artifacts in the Air Ducts Not all artifacts are found in grid-marked diggings by archaeologists toiling in the sun. Some can be found with a glance in the right direction at […]

The Lost Boys of ’67

The Lost Boys of ’67 “This year is sure to be the best yet,” said George “Porky” Andrews.  A look back at the best BC high-school basketball team team that never was, […]

Remembering Lieutenant Frank Constant Hall

Remembering Lieutenant Frank Constant Hall  A tale of remembrance and personal sacrifice. A reminder of the brave soldiers whose names appear on the memorial in the entrance foyer of Victoria High […]

The Lost Key

The Lost Key  A tale of the opening day celebrations at Victoria High School and the presentation of a ceremonial key to the front entrance. by Barrie Moen (VHS 1969)

Alumni Oral History

Some current Vic High students recently interviewed grads from the 1930s to ’70s, in a project celebrating the City of Victoria’s 150th anniversary. Click Here to see the results.

The Great War Project

Trees of Remembrance, Avenue of Sacrifice

Trees of Remembrance, Avenue of Sacrifice: Victoria High School Commemoration 1917 and Kitchener Memorial Oak of Victoria High School by Barry Gough (VHS 1956 and Staff 1964-65)

Mrs Evans Takes the Baton

Mrs Evans Takes the Baton by Denis Johnston (VHS 1967)

Ninety Candles for Tommy Mayne

Ninety Candles for Tommy Mayne by Denis Johnston (VHS 1967)

 John C. Newbury – Head of His Class

John C. Newbury – Head of His Class (Vic High’s and Western Canada’s First Governor General’s Medal Winner) by John Adams and Denis Johnston (both VHS 1967)