Dapto High School

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Dapto High School
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Dapto High School is located in New South Wales
Dapto High School
Dapto High School
Location in New South Wales

Coordinates34°29′59″S 150°47′8″E / 34.49972°S 150.78556°E / -34.49972; 150.78556Coordinates: 34°29′59″S 150°47′8″E / 34.49972°S 150.78556°E / -34.49972; 150.78556
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoStrive for Higher Things
Established1958; 62 years ago (1958)
School districtLake Illawarra South; Regional South
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
PrincipalAndrew FitzSimons
Deputy Principals
  • Daniel Inness
  • Darcy Moore
Teaching staff70.5 FTE (2018)[1]
Enrolment917[1] (2018)
CampusOuter suburban / Regional
Colour(s)Yellow, maroon, and white             

Dapto High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Dapto, a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1958, the school enrolled approximately 900 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom six percent identified as Indigenous Australians and nine percent were from a language background other than English.[1][2][3] The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education; the principal is Andrew FitzSimons.


In 1952, 32 acres of land which were to become the site of Dapto High School, were part of a farming property in the possession of the Amaral family.

Dapto High School began in 1958 at the Smith Street School in Wollongong, followed shortly thereafter at its current site with 189 students, separated into five 1st Year classes. Numbers increased up to 1536 students in 1973, and have been fairly constant at between 900 and 1000 students for a number of years. Figtree High School and Kanahooka High School have also been housed at the current site, whilst those school premises were constructed in 1969 and 1974 respectively.

Numerous building ventures and renovations/upgrades occurred at the school, starting with the “Maths Block” (1961), hall (1962/63), “Art Block” (1971), grounds (1972 - 1974), Library (1975/76), agriculture sheds, tennis/basketball courts (1977), levee bank (1984), herringbone drainage to ovals (1992), Fitness Centre and paddle tennis courts (1994), main quad upgrade (1996), “Maths Block” fire (1999), lift (2004/05), and asbestos cleanup (2007).

Higher School Certificate[edit]

On the basis of the 2007 NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), Dapto High School was ranked number 602 out of a total of 673 schools whose students sat the HSC in New South Wales. In 2007 Dapto High School students received five total credits from 87 Year 12 students who attempted 443 exams giving a 2007 success Rate of 1.13%. In 2006 six total credits were gained from 472 attempts and the 2006 success rate was one per cent.[4]

School-to-work program[edit]

In 2002, Dapto was the subject of a case study for its school-to-work program, which chronicled how the school innovated a centralized reporting program via school reports, which turned around an otherwise unsuccessful program and made the program a "whole new approach" which was recommended for other schools.[5] As a result of this program the school's careers advisor, Steve Heinecke, was awarded the title of top careers advisor in New South Wales in 2005.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Dapto High School, Dapto, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Dapto - history". Wollongong City Library. Archived from the original on 26 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  3. ^ "How to enrol at a Public School - Dapto High School". New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  4. ^ "HSC Honour Roll 2007" (pdf 10 pages). The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008. and (for the number ranking) "2007 HSC Rankings - EVERY SCHOOL LISTED". Bored of Studies community forums. 7 January 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-21. These results compare with the number one ranked school in the state James Ruse Agricultural High School: Total Credits 804 // Yr 12 Students 167 // Total Attempts 1093 // 2007 Success Rate 74% //2006 Total Credits 737 //2006 Attempts 1133 // 2006 Success rate 65%.
  5. ^ NSW Department of Education and Training
  6. ^ "2005 NSW Careers Adviser of the Year announced". TAFE NSW. 2 December 2005. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Head rewards Brown's show of faith". The Age. 5 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Older, wiser Head finally realises promise". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 July 2004.
  9. ^ a b "The Phoenix Newsletter" (PDF). Dapto High School. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  10. ^ Daily Telegraph - News Limited Australia - 21 June 2002

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