Lee on Rivalry: It’s All Just a Part of the Game


Georgian Yearbook

Vancouver College at St. George’s School

The cameras click on, the parents pack the neighbourhood full with SUVs, and the kids rush into the gymnasium hoping for a front row view of Vancouver’s own March Madness.

There’s no denying it: the season is upon us.

The two way rivalry between St. George’s School and Vancouver College has long been a tradition for both and a show down for all. Today, the SGS Creed has gone forward to ask Associate Principal Mr. Lee for his opinion on the topic.

The rivalry, apparently, has lasted shorter than what its fame today might suggest.

“The two had always played each other as rivals, but the rivalry only started to take shape in the late 1990s,” said Mr. Lee. “That was when both teams became really competitive in British Columbia.”

When asked if he knew of cases where the rivalry had gotten any less than friendly, Mr. Lee assured the Creed that he knew of none.

“I have been with the School for the past six years, and before that with the College for three: I have never witnessed or heard of any gestures of hostility or hate from either side,” said Mr. Lee.

What we see from the side lines, Mr. Lee clarified, can often be different from what is actually happening in the game. The occasional push or shove – it’s all just “a part of the game.”

Being founded by the Christian Brothers, Vancouver College sits on firm principles of Roman Catholicism: all students are required to take a religion course, and older Grades must attend a monthly Mass – the spiritual equivalent to our Monday assemblies.

And with both secondaries sharing similar values of respect and modesty, this ought to be the case. In the past five years of the Creed’s known existence, not one had been without the amicable correspondence of Vancouver College’s own VC Voice.

“While there are differences here and there, in education and in approach, St. George’s School and Vancouver College are very similar institutions,” Mr. Lee added. “And when you have two similar, equally competitive schools fifteen minutes apart from each other – competition is bound to take place.”