Nambour State High School
|Nambour State High School|
Distinction by Merit
|Nambour, Queensland, Australia|
|Type||Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school|
|Established||2 February 1953|
|Colour(s)||Blue, White, Yellow
Established on 2 February 1953, in 2006 the school had enrolment figures of 1,367, including adult students. Previously, the Nambour State Rural School had operated from 1940 to 8 January 1953; it was then split into a primary school and the high school.
The school's first Principal was George William Lockie, who was given the title of "acting principal". He later led Salisbury, Mount Isa, and Bundaberg high schools, before moving to Brisbane State High School. The school's current principal is Wayne Troyahn.
The school has educated numerous prominent alumni in the area of politics. Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd was dux of the school in 1974, while former Treasurer Wayne Swan also attended, but the two didn't know each other as Swan was three years older. Ray Barber, now a solicitor in Coolum and formerly the state member for Noosa, also attended the school. Deputy leader of the former Queensland National Party, Fiona Simpson, also attended the school. University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer Bronwyn Stevens has said she can't remember a time when there were so many frontbenchers from the same school as in 2007, including the prime minister and treasurer.
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Max Gaylard, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and United Nations coordinator for humanitarian and development activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is also an Alumni.
Alumni in non-political areas include organ transplant surgeon Kellee Slater, Olympic canoe racer Clint Robinson, and Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill. Principal Wayne Troyahn has nominated a simple reason for the school's extensive alumni, stating "I think it’s the quality of the teaching over a long period of time."
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- "Principals". Brisbane State High School. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Carolyn Tucker (1 December 2007). "High and mighty Nambour". The Daily. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Andrew Fraser (5 December 2007). "Genesis of an ideas man". The Australian. news.com.au. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Paul Bibby (12 December 2007). "School ties: St Patrick's old boys graduate to Labor's front bench". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- UN BIO Note