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Heritage Woods Secondary School
Logo heritagewoods.png
1300 David Avenue
Port Moody, British Columbia, V3H 5K6, Canada
Coordinates 49°17′55″N 122°50′28″W / 49.29861°N 122.84111°W / 49.29861; -122.84111Coordinates: 49°17′55″N 122°50′28″W / 49.29861°N 122.84111°W / 49.29861; -122.84111
School number 4343127
School board School District 43 Coquitlam
Principal Doug Sheppard
Vice principal Rob Lederer, Michele Reid
School type Coeducational Secondary
Grades 9-12[1]
Language English
Team name The Kodiaks
Colours Maroon      Silver      Black     
Founded September 7, 2004
Enrollment 1200 (September 2006)

Heritage Woods Secondary School is a coeducational high school located in Port Moody, British Columbia. In 2007, Heritage Woods celebrated their first graduating class and was rated as one of top 50 schools in BC.[2]



There are five computer labs for students to work in --two dedicated to general use, one for film and animation, one for computer information, and one for technology education-- as well as another twenty terminals in the library. Most teachers in the school are supplied with tablet computers which, in turn, are connected to a projector, permanently mounted on the ceiling of every classroom; the projectors are used for teaching lessons, watching movies, making presentations, and other Overhead Projector-like functions. The main corridor of the building, dubbed the 'Grand Hall', also transmits a wireless internet signal for student use during the day. Wireless internet signals are also transmitted to every room in the building. However because of the concrete composition of the school and placement of wireless access-points, it is wireless signal strength around the school varies. As well as a wireless network, the school also has approximately forty laptops available for student use; however, a student may bring his or her own laptop as well. The increased usage of laptops in a number of courses provides added potential for student learning.

Architecture and Design

The school, which was completed in 2004, was featured in the Fall 2005 issue of Architecture BC, a publication of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. Designed by Killick Metz Bowen Rose Architects Planners Inc., Heritage Woods was the first school in Canada to achieve a Silver LEED certification.

It has a sustainable design with numerous features including: compact and thermal-efficient building plan and envelope, building orientation on an east-west axis optimizing daylight and minimizing solar gain, effective daylight control shading devices and light shelves.

Green Features also include:
• Effective daylight control through shading devices plus light shelves
Ground-source heat pump cooling and heating
• Heat recovery ventilation utilizing chimney effect in atrium
• Natural ventilation, opening windows
• High efficiency boilers for half the boiler capacity peak load
• Variable speed drives for mechanical pumps
• Low water consumption plumbing fixtures; partial use of waterless urinals
• DDC controls and enhanced building commissioning procedures
• Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants and Halon fire suppression
• Carbon dioxide monitoring, high air exchange rating
• Occupancy sensors to control lighting and outside air
• Reduced artificial lighting
• Exterior lighting on photocell and time-clock control

Daylight capture and control refers to the variety of means used to bring in the kind of daylight that is desirable and block the daylight that is not. This is achieved with use of the large windows, overhangs and shading devices light shelves sloped ceilings and the selective use of skylight.[3]

The school can also provide its own power during a power outage via a generator located under the artificial turf.

Use of the School in Media

The 2006 teen comedy movie, John Tucker Must Die was filmed on location at Heritage Woods.[4] The filmmakers decided to use the Heritage Woods team name, the Kodiaks, in the film for its sports teams. In the movie, the school's name is Forest Hills High School. The use of the school by the filmmakers resulted to many benefits, namely, some devices such as cameras were donated to the school after filming.

The school has also been used in the television shows Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, Eureka[4] and Defying Gravity. The school was also used in a Dell and Coca Cola commercial, while their artificial turf and grass fields were featured in a CTV commercial.


  1. ^ Grades 9-12 in 2006–2007
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Heritage Woods Secondary School" (PDF). Architecture BC (18): 18–21. Fall 2005. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  4. ^ a b [2]

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