Glenunga International High School

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Glenunga International High School
Glenunga IHS Logo 300.png
99 L'Estrange St
Glenunga, SA 5064

Coordinates 34°56′57″S 138°38′06″E / 34.9493°S 138.6351°E / -34.9493; 138.6351Coordinates: 34°56′57″S 138°38′06″E / 34.9493°S 138.6351°E / -34.9493; 138.6351
Type Public
Motto Labor omnia vincit
(Latin for Work conquers all)
Established 1903 (as the Preparatory School for the SA School of Mines and Industries)[1]
Principal Wendy Johnson
Faculty 144[2]
Enrolment 1750
Information +61 8 8379 5629

Glenunga International High School (informally known as Glenunga or GIHS) is a publicly funded school in Adelaide, South Australia. It is located approximately four km south-east of the Adelaide city centre in the suburb of Glenunga, between L'Estrange St and Conyngham St, adjoining the major thoroughfare Glen Osmond Road. The school serves the surrounding suburbs of the cities of Unley, Burnside and the Adelaide Hills.


The school was established in 1903 from the defunct Adelaide Agricultural School (founded 1897 with Andrew Ferguson as headmaster) as the Preparatory School for the South Australian School of Mines and Industries. It was renamed the Junior Technical School in 1914 and then Adelaide Technical High School in 1918.[1] Nevertheless, the school and the Old Scholars Association marked 1998 as the centenary year.

It was located at the School of Mines building (which houses Brookman Hall - named for benefactor George Brookman) on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road, now part of the City East campus of the University of South Australia. The school population outgrew the campus, so in 1964 it was relocated to its current location in Glenunga, and was renamed Glenunga High School in 1974. It adopted its current name upon the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in 1990-91, a development which was instigated to help save the school from closure due to dwindling student numbers. With enrolments rising, GIHS has subsequently attracted substantial government funding and construction projects, most notably the technology and science wing extensions, a new administration block and a performing arts centre; since 2005 there have been various additional changes to the facilities, such as extra rooms.

In 2013, development began for a new $10 million building to accommodate the growing number of students.[3] This new building is accompanied with the renovation of the Music, Sciences and Art departments, as well as a new library. The development upgrades were completed in 2014.[4]

Student life[edit]

Glenunga International High School hosts an array of extracurricular groups, many of which are student-run. These include the Student Forum, musical theatre and other interest clubs, a variety of community service organisations, International and Environment Clubs, as well as various sporting teams.[5]

Glenunga International High School is home to an active student voice organisation which underwent a number of changes in 2006-2007. These included the composition of a new constitution for the Student Forum and the introduction of the Prefect system.[6]

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Notable alumni and alumnae[edit]

See also Adelaide Agricultural School

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kohler, Bryce (18 April 1998). "Adelaide Tech (Letters to the Editor)". The Advertiser. 
  2. ^ "Glenunga International Staff List". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "GIHS 2013 New Building Flyer" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "GIHS 2014 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "GIHS 2015 Student Life Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "GIHS 2015 Student Forum". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
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