History

 

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The Educational system of British Columbia had its origin on this site. B.C.’s first public school, first high school and second college began here.

1853
Under the direction of James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, a log cabin school, for boys only, was opened. Ten acres of land were set aside for a school reserve.

1876
A brick, two-story building, designed by Teague (architect for City Hall) was erected. The girls were on the upper floor, and the boys were on the lower.

1876
The first high school in B.C. was established in the log cabin.

1882
An extension was added to the Central School to accommodate high school students.

1885
A two-story addition was built onto the old building for Girls’ Central. By 1888, there were 730 students: 350 boys, 300 girls, and 80 high school students.

1902
A separate, three-story high school was built facing Fernwood Road. This was the only school building that Rattenbury ever designed.

1903
Victoria College, affiliated with McGill University, opened in the old High School building.

1914
Victoria High School opened in its present location.

1937
Central was established as a Junior High in the old building of Boys’ and Girls’ Central.

1954
By now, all the old buildings were demolished and the new Central Junior High, designed by Wade & Stockdill, was opened.

1970
Central instituted the quarter system.

2001
Central became one of the first two schools in the Greater Victoria School District to reconfigure as a middle school. Under its new configuration it enrols students in grades 6 through 8.

2010
In an effort to seismically upgrade the school, a rebuilding of most of it was begun. During this year long project the school was relocated to the empty building that was formerly Richmond elementary.

2011
Central returned to its Fort street site and opened the year in its new and beautiful building.