Ballarat High School

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Ballarat High School
Ballarat, Victoria
Coordinates 37°33′16″S 143°49′05″E / 37.55444°S 143.81806°E / -37.55444; 143.81806Coordinates: 37°33′16″S 143°49′05″E / 37.55444°S 143.81806°E / -37.55444; 143.81806
Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Motto Duty Always
Established 1907[1]
Principal Gary Palmer[2]
Enrolment ~1,398 (7–12)[3]
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Green and Light Blue               
VCE average 27[4]

Ballarat High School is a government secondary school located in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The school was opened in 1907 as an agricultural college before transitioning to an academic focus in 1925.


The school moved from its initial location in the Ballarat central business district to its present site in Sturt Street West, Ballarat in 1910. As part of the agricultural focus of the school, students and staff undertook the building of sheds around a central three-storey red brick building. A large concrete silo was also built and remains next to the existing school grounds and is listed on Heritage Council of Victoria's register.

Of particular significance within the main building is Peacock Hall, named after Sir Alexander Peacock (a former Premier of Victoria). The hall is located on the second floor and features large stain glass windows across both ends of the hall. Honour boards listing students who served in World War I are mounted across the front of the hall, along with boards listing school captains, school council chairs, and school dux. A large mural dedicated to those who served in World War I is also within the hall. A major renovation of the original building was undertaken in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with its main role now being the housing of the school's administration with a limited number of classrooms.


Since 1996, the School has been a Specialist Sport School and is a member of the Ballarat Public Schools' Association. Students represent the school in a range of sports across all year levels including athletics, Australian rules football, rowing, tennis, basketball, netball, Field hockey, and cricket.


Ballarat High School has a number of student bands, including the Concert Band and two stage bands; The Whizbang and BoB bands. Performances are frequently shown throughout the year to a range of audiences, with the BoB band performing at a Cabaret once every year and both stage bands performing at the quarterly whole school assemblies. Both the Concert and Whizbang bands release an annual CD made possible by Right Click Records, a local recording company. Ballarat High School has many successful artists come out of it such as Hunting Grounds, Neon Love, Dark Arts, Bel Air, HABIT and Good Wives.

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