Blackburn High School

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Blackburn High School
60 Springfield Road
Blackburn, Victoria, 3130
Coordinates 37°48′39″S 145°09′00″E / 37.8109°S 145.1500°E / -37.8109; 145.1500Coordinates: 37°48′39″S 145°09′00″E / 37.8109°S 145.1500°E / -37.8109; 145.1500
Type Public
Motto Ad lucem Crescimus
(Yeah Jazz....)
Established 1956
Principal N/A
Years 7-12
Enrollment 711
Colour(s) Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
Song Perdido

Blackburn High School is a public secondary school for girls and boys in years 7 to 12 in Blackburn, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1] Blackburn High School is a Victorian secondary school for young men and women. Started in 1956, is nationally seen as one of the best music schools in Australia.


The school has a modern state of the art music facility and music teachers such as Steve Sedergreen and Dave Palmer. This school has performed in music events such as The Victorian School Music Festival, The Royal South Street Competition and Generations in Jazz Competition in Mt. Gambier which they have won a number of times.


Blackburn High School has four Houses named Dunlop (Red), Melba (Blue), Freeman (Yellow), and Hollows (Green). The House names were inspired by the following famous Australians - Sir "Weary" Dunlop, Dame Nellie Melba, Cathy Freeman, Fred Hollows. The Houses provide the basis for Blackburn High School's educational program. Each House has approximately 160 students from Years - VCE. Within each House students are members of their own Mentor group. The mentor group system is aimed at helping students achieve their maximum music potential.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Christos Tsiolkas - Novelist
  • Ross Irwin - Trumpet player in Melbourne based band 'The Cat Empire'.
  • Daniel Merriweather - R&B Singer/Songwriter.[2]
  • Erin Cornell - Professional Vocalist, playing the Wicked Witch, Elphaba in Osaka, Japan.
  • Johannes Luebbers - Artist and composer based in Perth.
  • Reuben Morgan - Singer/Songwriter at the Hillsong Church
  • Darren James - 3AW Radio Announcer
  • Don Scott - Former Hawthorn AFL Football Club Captain & Premiership Player.
  • Kyle Patterson - Former SBS Soccer Host.
  • Russell Scrimshaw - Executive Director Fortesque Metals.
  • The Hon. Evelyn Bender - Judge of the Federal Magistrate Court of Australia
  • Dee Ryall MP - Member for Mitcham
  • Michael Wagner Radio presenter and Children's Author
  • Jenny Donnet Olympic and Commonwealth Games diving athlete
  • Steve Irons - Federal Member for Swan (WA) 2007 -