It has notable architecture. The architect was Francis Mawson Rattenbury, architect of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and The Empress Hotel . The foundations of the school are made of 4 foot by 4 foot blocks of granite, which is impressive considering how heavy these stones are. The building has two ornate facades, including some very large windows which offer prime views of downtown Victoria and Fernwood. The building is U-shaped, with a large if not cavernous auditorium inside the U. Recent additions to the school have turned the two spaces in between the auditorium and the rest of the building into inaccessible courtyards. The school has two gymnasiums, one of which is from 1914. It is notable for having a wooden running track suspended 20 feet above one of the gym's floors. There is a rifle range in the attic, and there is a very old tradition that the graduating students sign their names there.Victoria High School is also unique in that it has three massive underground floors for storage and boiler rooms. There are also supposedly two tunnels under the school.
The school opened on August 7, 1876 in a log cabin with two classrooms on the school reserve between Yates Street and Fort Street... Read More