King David High School

Posted by mwinston

What is known today as King David High School began in 1987 as Maimonides Secondary School. The original school held classes on the upper floor of the Schara Tzedeck synagogue and in its first year consisted of only nine Grade 8 students. Throughout the years of growth and transition Maimonides became known as Talmud Torah High School, and eventually, with the opening of the 15 million dollar building in 2005 on its present location, was renamed King David High School. Former Principal, Perry Seidelman, remembers a time when KDHS was affectionately referred to by students and teachers as "the Jewish mini school where everyone knows your name."

 As of 2011 the school had grown to an enrollment of 142 students. Building the new KDHS facility, with state of the art classrooms and labs, is a clear investment in the future of Jewish education in BC in a way that is seen by the community and the students alike.

 

King David High School focuses on providing a supportive, nurturing environment to students while also "pursuing rigorous academics." What makes KDHS unique is the dual curriculum they offer in general and Judaic studies that provides enough of a secular education for students to go on and be successful in mainstream universities, while also providing enough knowledge of Judaism to inform student's choices about involvement within the Jewish community.