James Fallon High School

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James Fallon High School
Albury, New South Wales
Coordinates 36°3′44.3″S 146°56′6.13″E / 36.062306°S 146.9350361°E / -36.062306; 146.9350361Coordinates: 36°3′44.3″S 146°56′6.13″E / 36.062306°S 146.9350361°E / -36.062306; 146.9350361
Established 1961
Principal Jennifer Parrett
Teaching staff 57[1]
Grades 7-12
Enrolment 682 (2010[2])

James Fallon High School is a co-educational public school located in Albury, NSW, Australia. It caters for students between Years 7 and 12.


The establishment of the school resulted from a realization (originally in 1954) that the town of Albury would need a second high school. It was established to serve the educational needs of the rapidly developing North Albury and Lavington area, and its original name was Albury North High School. It was first opened in 1961, receiving a student intake of 150 students in January (housed in the town's other high school) and moving into its own first new buildings in June of that year.[3]

There was a fire in B Block in 1973. In 1982 an Aboriginal Liaison Officer was appointed. This is believed to be the first such appointment in a NSW school. Visual Arts Head Teacher John Skillington designed the Centenary of Federation Medallion.[4] The school has participated in 126 Rock Eisteddfod Challenges (participating in the Premier Division for the past 7 years[clarification needed]).

Name change[edit]

The name of the school was changed in 1996 to "James Fallon High School." Further, the motto became "excellence in diversity."

James Fallon (1823–1886) was an Irish-born businessman (son of a farmer in Athlone, Ireland) who arrived in Sydney in 1841 and moved to Albury in 1854 to open a general store. He rose to great prominence in the town, and served (from 1859) as its first mayor. He also became a successful vineyard owner and wine merchant. [5]

The school today[edit]

The school has an approximate population of over 700 students and around 90 staff. The school currently has 1 hall, 1 dance hall, 7 school teaching blocks, 2 large ovals and a multi-sports complex.

Notable alumni[edit]