Homebush Boys High School
|Homebush Boys High School|
|Homebush, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Public, Secondary, Single-sex, Day school|
|Colour(s)||Maroon and Sky Blue|
Formerly a selective high school until the 1970s, Homebush Boys was regarded as one of the academically best-performing comprehensive schools, and has, in the past, been ranked above selective schools on the Higher School Certificate results.
The school has an enrolment of approximately 1208 students, fluctuating from year to year. The students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and many of them live outside the area.
Homebush Boys is a consistent achiever in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) outcome, averaging 5–10 students achieving the Premier's Award every year. In 2004, a student named Martin Feng became the first Homebush Boy to score 100 in the Universities Admission Index (UAI).
- Drum corps – participates in the annual Burwood march, the Anzac Day march through the streets of central Sydney, the Sandakan service at Burwood Park and, more recently, the Strathfield Fair.
- Chess Team – Senior, intermediate and junior chess teams compete every Friday afternoon against other schools in the area.
- Debating team
- Mock United Nations trials
- Public speaking – including the Toastmasters challenge that the school participates in annually.
- Tournament of Minds
- Student Representative Council
- Prefect body
- Science and education
- Richard Collins – Emeritus professor of Physics, University of Sydney
- Ian Dance – Emeritus professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of New South Wales 
- Lionel Gilbert OAM, author and historian specializing in natural, applied, and local history.
- Stephen Leeder – Medical scientist; Former dean of Medicine at the University of Sydney (1996–2002)
- Alan Pettigrew – Scientist; former vice-chancellor of the University of New England (2006 - 2009), formerly (to 2005) chief executive officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council
- Danny Stiel – Gastro-intestinal oncologist; member of AOC Medical Commission and formerly chief medical officer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
- Geoffrey Vaughan – Emeritus professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1990-92) of Monash University formerly Australian Rugby Union representative player
- Entertainment and the arts
- Neil Armfield – Film and theatre director
- Paul Furniss – Jazz musician
- Alex Hood – Renowned entertainer, writer, actor and folk singer.
- Politics and law
- Bohdan Bilinsky – Lawyer and legal academic, Fellow of Senate, University of Sydney and Honorary Fellow of the University.
- John Coates – Lawyer and businessman; president of the Australian Olympic Committee, member of the International Olympic Committee
- Bob Debus – Former NSW attorney-general and environment minister; Former federal home-affairs minister
- Roderick Howie – Lawyer and jurist; judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Jim Lloyd former federal government minister
- Roger Rogerson – Discredited former detective
- Rodney Blake – Rugby union player for Australia and Queensland Reds
- Tim Brasher – Former Balmain Tigers NSWRL Player
- Gordon Bray – Sports commentator, journalist and writer.
- Tony Ford – Rugby league fullback with Western Suburbs DRLFC
- Phillip Hughes – NSW and Australian cricketer.
- Mitchell Starc – NSW and Australian cricketer
- Arthur Summons – Rugby union and rugby league player; international representative in both codes and former captain Western Suburbs DRLFC and Australian rugby league teams
- Don Talbot – Swimming coach
- Saxon White – former rugby union international (Wallaby).
- Convicted criminals
- Andrew Chan - Convicted drug trafficker and member of the Bali Nine
- Myuran Sukumaran - Convicted drug trafficker and member of the Bali Nine
Notable former staff
- Dave Anderson – Australian Olympic oarsman in 1952 and 1956. Rowed King's Cup 1950, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57; Henley 1952; New Zealand 1951; and was in winning coxed-4s crew at Empire Games, 1954
- Vincent Durick – Maths teacher; MLA for Lakemba, 1964–84, deceased 1996.
- Peter Philpott – English/history teacher; New South Wales and Australian cricketer
- John Lawrence Tierney - author of novels and short stories (under the pen-name, Brian James) taught at the school 1944 to 1951
- Andrew Watson - Antarctic explorer who accompanied Douglas Mawson's 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, as a geologist and photographer was headmaster from 1946 to 1949
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- Who's Who in Australia (Herald and Weekly Times Melb, 1988) pp 559: Lucas, Clive Leslie (1943 - )
- Wynhausen, Elisabeth No crisis for the optimist The Australian 13 December 2008
- Interview with Robyn Williams at Ockham's Razor, ABC Radio National, 9 January 2005
- Staff Profile: Ian Gordon Dance at University of New South Wales
- Homebush School Magazine, 1958 p. 11. Accessed 26 August 2013
- Australian College of Educators (2012). "Dr. Lionel Gilbert OAM". Australian College of Educators. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
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- Alex Hood Biography at Music Australia
- Register, Fellows of the S.U. Senate
- Honorary Awards: Bohdan Bilinsky (2009)
- "Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Roderick Neil Howie QC". Lawlink Transcript. The Supreme Court of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- The 90s Photo at ABC TV 4 Corners, 1991
- ASRU International Appearances 1973 - 2010 at Australian Schools Rugby Union
- Derriman P Why Bray's the man to tackle big games Sydney Morning Herald 30 Jul 2005
- Tony “Fred” Ford Interview uploaded 12/05/2008, at Kelly's Kids
- Stunning Cricket Debut at NSW Education Dept, School Sports Unit, 2008
- Wests Hall of Fame
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- Death Of Vincent Patrick Durick, A Former Member Of The Legislative Assembly at NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, 16 April 1996
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