KITSILANO SECONDARY SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Hail Kitsilano! Hail Gold and Blue!
Sing we thy praises; all thy sons to thee are true.
Hail Kitsilano! We shout to the sky...
Welcome Kits students, grads, staff, and all those who have shared the Kitsilano Secondary School experience.
Members of the class of 1948 who instigated the Kitsilano Commemorative Cavalcade Fund in 2008, wanted to broaden the opportunity of support to all Kitsies. With the advice and assistance of then Principal Chris Atkinson, a group representing the classes of '48, '49, '57, '59, '61, '62, and '70 met on January 25, 2012 to form an Alumni Association. They worked together for several months until a Constitution was drawn up and approved by the BC Society Act on May 31, 2012.
KSSAA's purpose is three-fold:
(a) to assist the Kitsilano Secondary School community to achieve its goals;
(b) to develop a dynamic alumni association that encourages fellowship through
communication and special events; and
(c) to promote the development of the Kitsilano Commemorative Cavalcade Scholarship
To date, more than $60,000 has been contributed to the Fund, which is overseen by the Vancouver Foundation to provide scholarships to Kits students. Contributions have come from individual donors, grad reunions, students, and most recently from the now more than 140 members of KSSAA. (A list of all members and contributors will be available on this site by September 2013.)
The scholarship criteria are:
Acceptable academic achievement, demonstrated service to school
and/or community, and pursuit of post-secondary education.
The monies are directed to the learning resource that the student has identified for his or her next stage of training, development, or higher education.
To share the impact of these scholarships, here's the story of the first scholarship awarded in June 2009. The recipient is a young woman who had a consistently high academic record, was a member of Student Council, and contributed to the school and community in many ways. One example of her service was to organize a fund raiser to commemorate a Kitsilano student who was killed in a skiing accident. In her letter of appreciation, she wrote:
"Thank you for helping make my dream come true. Without your help,
I may not have been able to study what I desire."
...Honour and Glory then to Kitsilano High!
Music and lyrics 1936 by Ivor Parfitt, Kits music teacher 1928-1959
KSAA is registered under the BC Society Act.
Tax receipts are issued by the Vancouver Foundation.
updated July 29, 2013