Dapto High School

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Dapto High School
Dapto High School Logo small.png
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
TypePublic, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
MottoStrive for Higher Things
PrincipalAndrew FitzSimons
Deputy PrincipalsDaniel Inness,
Darcy Moore
Colour(s)Yellow, Maroon, 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.[2][1] 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 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%.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Dapto - history". Wollongong City Library. Archived from the original on 26 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  3. ^ "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%.
  4. ^ NSW Department of Education and Training
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ a b theage.com.au
  7. ^ "Older, wiser Head finally realises promise". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-07-16.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph - News Limited Australia - 21 Jun 2002