Kanahooka High School
|Kanahooka High School|
|Kanahooka, New South Wales
|Type||Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school|
|Motto||Towards a Better World|
|Colour(s)||Green and white (Juniors)
Red and white (Seniors)
Kanahooka High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the suburb of Kanahooka, 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of the city of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Opening in 1974, the school's catchment area covers the southwestern part of the City of Wollongong and, as at 2013 the school has an enrolment of 630 students between Year 7 and Year 12.
The school was named for a point at the western shore of Lake Illawarra, said to mean "burial place of Hooka". Hooka was an Aboriginal chief living in the Berkeley area around the time of European settlement.
The school first opened on 29 January 1974 under principal R.C.H. (Bob) Everitt, with 400 students in years 7 and 8. Due to bad weather and material shortages, demountables at Dapto High School were used until the school was completed. On 18 October 1974 they moved to the new site at Robert and Joan Streets. The school first offered Higher School Certificate subjects in 1978. The school's population peaked at 1,164 students in 1983. With changes to demographics and the opening of other schools in the area, the school population fell to a relatively stable 650 in the late 1990s.
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