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School History

In 1957, negotiations began between the Most Rev. Martin M. Johnston, D.D., Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver and Rev. Brother A.A. Loftus, Provincial Superior of the Christian Brothers in North America, to secure the Brothers for a new school in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. By 1960 an agreement had been reached between the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Christian Brothers, a site had been chosen and construction of a 10 room school had been completed. The future of St. Thomas More Collegiate was to be built in Burnaby, a short distance from St. Louis College, a school in New Westminster which the Brothers had operated for a short time some thirty years earlier.

St. Thomas More Collegiate welcomed its first student Knights in September 1960. Opening day brought together three Christian Brothers and 110 Knights enrolled in grades 7, 8 and 9. Over the years enrollment and staff grew as did the facilities. Major construction was carried out in 1966, 1978, 1981, 1984, and with the introduction of coeducation in 1998. Today's enrollment stands at about 650 students - both girls and boys - and the school now houses a gymnasium with changing rooms and weight room, a cafeteria, a large library, art, drama, and music rooms, a science wing, a computer lab, woodwork shop, and technical education room, as well as improved washrooms, offices and counselling center.

Today St. Thomas More Collegiate is a prominent member of the Catholic and civic educational communities in the Lower Mainland. This is due not only to STMC's development of facilities and growth in students and staff, but more so because there has also been a corresponding growth in appreciation of the Catholic educational philosophy which enlightens and sustains the spiritual, intellectual, social and athletic facets of a Knight's education. The pioneers indeed built well, and all who have experienced the spirit of personalism and the challenge of excellence, hallmarks of a More education, are indebted to the many people who supported STMC throughout the years.

 
Principals
1960-1966
Br W G McIntyre
1966-1969
Br W C Martin
1969-1970
Br D Frenette
1970-1972
Br R L MacKenzie
1972-1978
Br C H Slattery
1978-1984
Br Q R Carrothers
1984-1989
Br K E Short
1989-1997
Br H J O'Neill
1997-2000
Br P J O-Loughlin
2000-2011
Mr D Hall
2011-Present
Mr M DesLauriers

 

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