The Southport School
|The Southport School|
Latin: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat
Let him who deserves the palm of victory bear it.
|Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding|
|Founder||Rev. Horace Henry Dixon|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, Navy & White
Established in 1901 by The Right Reverend Horace Henry Dixon, TSS is the oldest Anglican boys' boarding school in Queensland and the only all-boys boarding school on the Gold Coast. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1305 students from Pre-school to Year 12, including 276 boarders from Years 7 to 12.
The school is affiliated with the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA), Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), and has been a member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS) since 1920.
In 1898 Bishop William Webber recruited Horace Henry Dixon for the role of deacon to Queensland in 1898. Arriving in Brisbane in 1899, he was assigned to Southport, an immense parish covering more than 2000 sq. miles (5000 km²) from Beenleigh to the New South Wales border; he had to cover it all on horseback. He was constantly reminded that Southport was the main seaside resort of southern Queensland, and it occurred to him that the town was the natural centre for a school. He discussed the idea in 1901 with two men who knew the district well, E. J. Stevens, M.L.A., and Dr R. S. Berry, who practised in Southport. Both promised support. A group of buildings on the Nerang River, known as 'Government House and Estate' had been used as a summer residence by governors of Queensland but was no longer required. Dixon secured a one-year lease of the property rent free if he paid for repairs, with an option to purchase after three years for £1000. Webber was sympathetic but the diocese was unable to finance the scheme and it was eventually arranged that Dixon would accept personal responsibility. If the school proved successful, the Church would take it over as soon as possible as a diocesan school for boys.
Financed by a loan from his sponsors, the repairs were undertaken by Dixon and helpers. Two boarders entered the school in September 1901. There were six boarders and 1 or 2 day-boys at the beginning of 1902, about 35 boys at the end of 1903 and 45 at the end of 1904. That year the number of applications encouraged him to proceed with purchase of the buildings and four acres (1.6 ha) of land as soon as the lease expired. He relinquished his incumbency of St Peter's parish, Southport, in 1905. Help was difficult to obtain and he found his spare time occupied with carpentering, woodcutting, clearing, road-mending or repairing machinery; electric light did not reach the school till 1920 and town water about 1930.
Energetic and a visionary, Dixon stamped himself as a colourful schoolmaster. He aimed at 'the highest possible moral and physical attainment'. By a combination of showmanship and bluff and intimate knowledge of his pupils, he earned great popularity with them. Sometimes stern and hard, he was often witty and full of fun, enjoyed a practical joke, and respected those who could take it and look after themselves. He had a most impressive sonorous voice and manner so that congregations listened to him almost with awe. About 1903 the boys nicknamed him 'Jimmy', and his assistant master 'Joey', after the Aboriginals Jimmy Governor and his brother Joe, outlawed in New South Wales. The name stuck to Dixon all his life.
in 1906 Dixon recruited Arthur Charles Campbell Thorold to help assist in the establishing of the school. Thorold would become instrumental in the schools early years and would implement many later traditions in the school. Thorold attended Winchester College and was admitted to Worcester College Oxford in 1892 obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in December 1899. Thorold was appointed at TSS in 1906, and during 1908, Thorold agreed to construct his own residence, large enough to incorporate boarding accommodation. Thorold was responsible for the establishment of the first official School magazine The Southportonian, he also established the school's boat club (1907), the oldest school boat club in Queensland, and suggested and implemented the House Shield competition. Thorold was also responsible for the introduction of the representative blazer. Thorold Boarding House was established in 1908.
The school became recognized in 1907 as the diocesan school for boys and in 1913 it was taken over by the diocese and renamed the Southport School. Dixon carried on, participating keenly and successfully in football, cricket, tennis, shooting, rowing and cadets, besides teaching in class and acting as chaplain. He retired in December 1929, leaving one of the best-known and largest boarding schools in Queensland with over two hundred boarders.
Dixon had been a controversial figure who was not always appreciated. He was a strong man who rarely failed to get his own way, but the academic standards of the school and its emphasis on sport were criticized. Few of the sons of graziers who made up the great majority of the boys were interested in proceeding to higher education; but in the late 1920s standards did improve markedly.  
The Southport school currently has the largest Tri-Service cadet force of an school in Australia as of 2014. Participation in either the Army, Navy or Airforce cadets is compulsory in years 8 and 9 and optional from years 10 to 12.
|1901 – 1929||Rt. Rev. Horace Henry Dixon OBE|
|1930 – 1935||Bertram George Lawrance|
|1936 – 1940||Rev. Verney Lovett Johnstone|
|1941 – 1950||John Norman Radcliffe|
|1950 – 1971||George Lawrence, OBE|
|1972 – 1987||Samuel Dawson, AM|
As with most Australian schools, The Southport School utilises a house system. The Senior School is divided vertically into the twelve Houses: eight day boy Houses and four Boarding Houses. Whilst the Preparatory School is divided into four houses. The Senior Houses are. 
The three original houses Dellpratt, MicKinley & Thorold, were founded in 1909, 1909 & 1908 respectively, the inaugural house shield competition was held in 1910, won by MicKinley. The additional Day houses were added between the 70's & 80's and the forth boarding house, Biddle, added in 1985. To date the most successful House in the House Shield competition has been Thorold House, achieving its 40th House Shield victory in 2014, MicKinley has won 31 house shields and Dellpratt 21 as of 2014.
TSS has a strong sporting tradition and over the years has produced many Australian and international athletes of note. The school currently offers the following sports to its students Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Football, Gymnastics, Rowing, Rugby, Swimming, Sailing, Tennis & Track & Field. TSS is a member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS) since 1920. The school has achieved many sporting premierships during its membership.
GPS Premierships (official GPS records)
- Rowing (20) 1918-20-21-23-30-31-33-53-54-58-59-70-78-85-86-87-89-91-00 -2006
- Cricket (17) 1920-23-26-27-28-29-70-71-72-73 -74 -80-81-82 -10-11 -2014
- Rugby (9) 1922-26-33-38-01-03 -06 -07 -2010
- Tennis (8) 1921-24-26-30-34-56-00-2001
- Gymnastics (7) 1935-36-62-63-08-09 -2010
- Swimming (6) 1922 -04-05-07-08 -2013
- Athletics (5) 1918-19-22-29-1933
- Sailing (2) 2002-2003-2014
- Soccer (3) 2012-2013-2014
- Basketball (2) 2009 -2012
- Cross Country (1) 1990
- Shooting (4) 1956-63-67-71 (suspended 1974)
Associated Schools Championships
- Basketball 1980-81 (1979 - 1986)
- Soccer 1978-80-81-84-87-88-90 (1978 - 1991)
Notable alumni and members of the School community
The Old Southportonians Association (OSA) is the alumni organisation for Old Boys of the school. The OSA celebrated its 100 years as a recognised body in 2007.
- Arts, Media and Sciences
- James Blundell - Singer
- Ashley Bradnam - radio announcer for Nova 106.9 and actor
- Luke Bradnam - radio announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato
- Sidney Cotton - Inventor of the 'Sidcot' flight suit
- Perry Cross - motivational speaker
- Ben Dark - television presenter, Getaway, Nine Network
- Sir Lorimer Dods - Founder of the Children's Medical Research Institute
- Stewart Morris - Singer member of the Ten Tenors
- Nick Smart - sports journalist for the Herald Sun (Melbourne)
- Jim Wilson - television presenter for Seven Network
- Paul Whittaker - Editor, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
- Rod Young - news anchor for Seven Network
- Business and politics
- Rob Borbidge - Premier of Queensland
- John Moore - former Federal Liberal Defence Minister
- Bill O'Chee - Queensland Senator
- Matthew Perrin - former Managing Director of Billabong
- Tom Ray - property developer
- Glenister Sheil, Queensland Senator
- Major General Robert Harold Nimmo - Head of UN Military Observer Group in Pakistan & India (1952-1966)
- General Sir Arthur MacDonald, Chief of Defence Force Staff (1977-1979)
- Vice Admiral Sir David Stevenson, Chief of Naval Staff (1973–1976)
- Colonel Roger Bryett, Commanding officer of NORFORCE, (2002–2004)
- Rhodes Scholars
- Peter G Annand - 1972
- Ronald O Bennett - 1931
- Ainslie G. Ross Sheil - 1956
- Harley C Stumm - 1935
Student Exchange Program
The Southport School is a member of Round Square and as such has an extemsive network of partner schools with which it performs many student exchanges. TSS is involved in a Student Exchange Program with the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America and Collingwood School in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Pacific Cable Station
The Pacific Cable Station was relocated to the school in 1982. Largely untouched from its original form, the cable station is now a heritage listed building and serves as the schools music department.
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- Brad Moran