Homebush Boys High School

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Homebush Boys High School
Homebush Boys High School Crest
Latin: Recte et Fortiter
(Latin for Upright and strong)
Homebush, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°51′58″S 151°4′37″E / 33.86611°S 151.07694°E / -33.86611; 151.07694Coordinates: 33°51′58″S 151°4′37″E / 33.86611°S 151.07694°E / -33.86611; 151.07694
Type Public, Secondary, Single-sex, Day school
Established 1936
Principal Tim Jurd
Enrolment ~1,208 (7–12)[1]
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Maroon and Sky Blue         

Homebush Boys High School, founded in 1936, is a comprehensive public high school for boys. It is in Homebush, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Formerly a selective high school until the 1970s, in 2006 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.[2]

The school has an enrolment of approximately 1208 students.


The school has nine faculties, being English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, History, Music, Languages, Art, Technical and Applied Studies and PDHPE.

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).[3]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • John Symond AM – Businessman; chief executive "Aussie Home Loans",[5]
Science and education
Entertainment and the arts
Politics and law
Convicted criminals

Notable former staff[edit]

  • 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-fours crew at Empire Games, 1954
  • Vincent Durick – Maths teacher; MLA for Lakemba, 1964–84, deceased 1996.[30]
  • Peter Philpott – English/history teacher; New South Wales and Australian cricketer
  • 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[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homebush Boys High School". School Locator. New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ Board of Studies 2006 ‘HSC Report – Top schools in each region’, The Board of Studies, 23 December 2006.
  3. ^ Homebush Boys High School. (2004.) Homebush Boys High School Magazine 2004, p. 3.
  4. ^ Who's Who in Australia (Herald and Weekly Times Melb, 1988) pp 559: Lucas, Clive Leslie (1943 - )
  5. ^ a b c Wynhausen, Elisabeth No crisis for the optimist The Australian 13 December 2008
  6. ^ Australian College of Educators (2012). "Dr. Lionel Gilbert OAM". Australian College of Educators. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Homebush Boys’ High, NSW on Famous alumni on Latham’s hit list at Crikey.com
  8. ^ Students from 1949 visit School at Homebush Boys High School official site
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ray_swinfield-mn0000317666/credits
  10. ^ Homebush Boys High School Magazine 1961 and
  11. ^ Alex Hood Biography at Music Australia
  12. ^ Register, Fellows of the S.U. Senate
  13. ^ Honorary Awards: Bohdan Bilinsky (2009)
  14. ^ Homebush School Magazine, 1958 p. 11. Accessed 26 August 2013
  15. ^ a b "Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Roderick Neil Howie QC". Lawlink Transcript. The Supreme Court of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  16. ^ The 90s Photo at ABC TV 4 Corners, 1991
  17. ^ ASRU International Appearances 1973 - 2010 at Australian Schools Rugby Union
  18. ^ Derriman P Why Bray's the man to tackle big games Sydney Morning Herald 30 Jul 2005
  19. ^ Tony "Fred" Ford Interview uploaded 12/05/2008, at Kelly's Kids
  20. ^ Stunning Cricket Debut at NSW Education Dept, School Sports Unit, 2008
  21. ^ Wests Hall of Fame
  22. ^ Talbot, Don; Berry, Kevin; Heads, Ian (August 2003). "3". Talbot: Nothing But the Best. Lothian Books. ISBN 978-0-7344-0512-8. 
  23. ^ Jack Pollard, Australian Rugby Union the Game and the Players, Angus & Robertson, 1984.
  24. ^ a b Allard, Tom. "Bali nine pair tell all in bid to dodge death". The Age. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Allard, Tom. "Lives transformed in shadow of death". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  26. ^ a b MacDonald, The Hon Scott. "Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran Death Sentences". NSW Parliament Hansard. NSW Government. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Chan and Sukumaran unmasked: the misguided youths who turned drug traffickers". news.com.au. April 29, 2015. ...both went to Homebush Boys High School... At the same school was infamous western Sydney gang rape leader, Bilal Skaf. 
  28. ^ Parkes, Hannah. "Bali Nine man "was a good kid"". Inner West Courier. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "Bali Nine prisoners to face death penalty". Retrieved 28 March 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  30. ^ Death Of Vincent Patrick Durick, A Former Member Of The Legislative Assembly at NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, 16 April 1996
  31. ^ Price, Barry Price, Barry (2005). "Watson, Andrew Dougald (1885 - 1962)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Australian National University. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 

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