Dapto High School

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Dapto High School
Dapto High School Logo.jpg
Dapto, New South Wales
Coordinates 34°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
Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Motto Strive for Higher Things
Established 1958[1][dead link]
Principal Andrew FitzSimons
Enrolment ~935[2]
Campus Rural
Colour(s) Yellow, Red, White

Dapto High School is a high school located in Dapto, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened in 1958 and has around 935 students enrolled.[1][2] The current principal is Mr Andrew FitzSimons.

The high school celebrated its 50th year of teaching by having a whole school photo taken containing every present student and faculty member. The picture was featured on the cover of the Illawarra Mercury. The High School held its 50th anniversary celebrations in May 2008.[3]



  • Mr. Andrew FitzSimons (2004 - )

Replaced retired Principal Terry Birch, who left at the end of 2002. Arrived in mid-2004 to assume duty from relieving principal Al Voysey, who returned to role of Deputy Principal.

Deputy Principals

  • Mrs. Lynette Lanham (2009 - )

Transferred from Glenwood High School and replaced retired Deputy Principal Peter Johnson. Assume duty on the first day of Term 2, 2009.

  • Mr. Darcy Moore (2006 - )

Replaced DP Al Voysey who transferred to Vincentia High School at the end of Term 1, 2006. Assumed duty in Term 4, 2006. Responsible for years 7,9,11. Teacher of Advanced English Course, Year 11, 2009.

School ranking[edit]

On the basis of the 2007 New South Wales Higher School Certificate, 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 5 total credits from 87 Year 12 students who attempted 443 exams giving a 2007 success Rate of 1.13%. In 2006 6 total credits were gained from 472 attempts and the 2006 success rate was 1%.[4]

These types of league table analyses have been criticised by statisticians as they do not allow for the nature of schools. For example, James Ruse Agricultural High School is a selective school whose students are in the top 5% of the state at the time of intake but do not achieve to that level in the HSC. League tables do not account for socio-economic factors either.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


On 6 June 1999, a suspicious fire occurred at Dapto High School which caused about A$100,000 in property damage. Two girls, one 12 and one 13, were charged with arson.[8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dapto - history". Wollongong City Library. Archived from the original on 26 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b "How to enrol at a Public School - Dapto High School". New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Dapto High School 50th anniversary". content is copyrighted to Dapto High School. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  4. ^ "HSC Honour Roll 2007" (pdf 10 pages). The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21.  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. ^ Berry, Petrina (2010-10-27). "My School site's misleading, UK prof says". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  6. ^ NSW Department of Education and Training
  7. ^ "2005 NSW Careers Adviser of the Year announced". TAFE NSW. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  8. ^ AAP General News (Australia) Date: 8 June 1999
  9. ^ AAP General News (Australia) Date: 8 December 1999
  10. ^ a b theage.com.au
  11. ^ "Older, wiser Head finally realises promise". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-07-16. 
  12. ^ a b "The Phoenix Newsletter" (PDF). Dapto High School. 2008-03-06. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  13. ^ Daily Telegraph - News Limited Australia - 21 Jun 2002