Adelaide High School
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|Adelaide High School|
Non scholae sed vitae
(Not only for school, but for life)
|Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide High School is a coeducational state high school situated on the corner of West Terrace and Glover Avenue in the Adelaide Parklands. It is the first government high school in South Australia. It now has an enrolment of approximately 1,200+ students.
In 1879 John Anderson Hartley, Catherine Helen Spence and others created the Advanced School for Girls in Grote Street, Adelaide; the first public secondary school in South Australia. The school combined with the Adelaide Continuation School on April 8, 1908 and the name was changed to Adelaide High School, the same year the South Australian state high school system was launched. Adelaide High School was officially opened on 24 September 1908 by the premier of South Australia Thomas Price. It was the first secondary school in the Commonwealth of Australia.
In 1927 it had an enrolment of 1,067, making it the largest school of its kind in the Commonwealth. By 1929, due to increasing enrolments, the school occupied two sites - one at Grote Street and another at Currie Street (now part of the Remand Centre). Due to the increasing enrolments, it was decided a new building was required for Adelaide High School. The current site of the school on West Terrace was originally set aside for an army barracks in 1849, but an Observatory was built instead in 1859. This became the Bureau of Meteorology in 1939.
Based on an award winning 1940 design, a new building was erected on the site from 1947 to 1951. This became Adelaide Boys High School while Adelaide Girls High School remained in the buildings in Grote Street. An application was made to have the building listed as a Historic Building on the Australian Register of the National Estate. The nomination was on the basis of the building's "Art Modern" style and significance in Adelaide education, but had not led to the building's listing on the register as of 2007. The original Grote Street school buildings were listed on the register as Historic in 1980. As of 2007 they were used as a centre for the performing arts. The building is considered to be among the nationally significant 20th-century buildings in South Australia.
In 1977, due to decreasing enrollments at both the Boys and the Girls schools, amalgamation began with Adelaide High School operating on two campuses - one in Grote Street and one on West Terrace. This arrangement ended in 1979 when all students were on the West Terrace site. In 1979, Adelaide High School became South Australia's Special Interest Language School with students able to study any of seven languages: French, German, Latin, Modern Greek, Chinese, Spanish and Italian. Latin ceased to be offered in 2004 and was replaced by Japanese.
Head Master / Principal
|Reginald A. West||1920–1948|
|A. E. Dinning||1949–1954|
|Wybert M. C. Symonds||1954–1962|
|A. H. Campbell||1963–1968|
|W. J. Bentley||1969–1977|
|Colin H. Brideson OAM||1978–1987|
Adelaide High School is especially known for being a Special Interest Language School. It offers its students seven different languages to study: Modern Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish and German. The school is also a Centre for the Hearing Impaired, an Associate School for Students of High Intellectual Potential and has selected entry for students in its special interest cricket and rowing programs.
Adelaide High School is a Special Interest Language School. Adelaide High School is currently a sister school to Asahi High School in Osaka, Japan; IIS Quintino Sella in Biella, Italy; Heriburg Gymnasium in Coesfeld, Nord Rhein Westfalen, Germany: Lycée Saint Sauveur in Redon, Brittany, France, IES La Sisla in Sonsecas, Spain; Jinan Foreign Language School in Jinan, China; the 7th High School of Corfu, Greece and Greensward College in Essex, UK; . Sister school visits, both inbound and outbound, take place regularly with most sister schools.
The school has four House teams which students represent in sporting events in the school. The Houses take the names of past principals of the school. The house names are, Adey (Red), Macghey (Blue), Morriss (Green), and West (Yellow). Sporting events include the school swimming carnival and sports day.
Adelaide High School has a range of girls and boys sporting teams and offers special interest sporting programmes in Cricket and Rowing. They participate in games / regattas throughout the year in the lead up to the main events; for cricket the 5 Highs Cricket Carnival and rowing the annual Head of the River. Other sporting trips are for the volleyball teams travelling to the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne in December.
Adelaide High has taken part in a sporting exchange with Mac.Robertson Girls' High School since 1913 and Melbourne High School since 1910 and it is the longest-running sporting exchange in the state, known as the Prefects Cup. It is held in early Term 3 and one year the boys are in the Melbourne and the girls are in Adelaide and then the next year they swap. There are competitions in sports such as: Australian Rules football, soccer, tennis, rowing, basketball, netball, softball, chess, debating, theatre sports, volleyball, cross country or athletics, badminton, table tennis,and hockey. Sports previously played against Melbourne were lacrosse, baseball and field hockey. Melbourne High School currently holds the Prefect Cup after its most recent win in 2014.
Facilities that students at the school have access to include a resource centre, gymnasium, weights room, tennis, basketball and netball courts, performing arts centre, science labs and lecture theatres. The school also has a boatshed on the bank of the River Torrens which holds the school's many rowing boats and where the school’s rowing crews train. It also has a shared rowing facility with Unley High School and Norwood Morialta High School at West Lakes.
Notable staff and students
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- Lynn Arnold - South Australian Premier
- Nick Bolkus - South Australian Senator and Cabinet Minister
- Shaun Burgoyne - AFL footballer
- Ralph Clarke - South Australian Deputy Opposition Leader
- Hugh Cairns - First Nuffield Professor of Surgery, Oxford University.
- John Stuart Dowie - Artist
- Sia Furler - Australian downtempo/pop singer 
- Anne Haddy - Actress (best known for her role as Helen Daniels in Neighbours) 
- Bob Hank - Dual Magarey Medallist
- Tom Koutsantonis - South Australian Treasurer
- Simon Lewicki - aka Groove Terminator, electronic music artist
- Brian Ross Martin - Chief Justice of the Northern Territory
- Neil Page - Australian baseball representative/player
- Justice John Perry - Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
- Greig Pickhaver - aka H.G. Nelson, actor, comedian and writer
- Chris Sumner - South Australian Attorney-General
- David Vigor - South Australian Senator
- Lou Vincent - New Zealand Test cricketer
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