Maribyrnong College with tram stop at entrance
|Type||sport school, public school, co-educational, day high school|
|Motto||Motto: "Pride in performance" (formerly "Achievement with honour")|
|Colour(s)||Red, Yellow, Blue|
It is located on River St, Maribyrnong (formerly Maidstone until this part of Maidstone was rezoned in the 1990s). Founded in 1958, as Maribyrnong High School, it celebrated its 50th anniversary on 15 March 2008 with an open day and function at the school. A state-of-the-art sports complex opened on 22 June 2010.
The College has a long history in the suburbs of Maidstone and Maribyrnong as it was established in 1958. The area has changed dramatically since the college first opened and it is now seen as an inner-city college as it is located only 8 km from the Melbourne CBD.
Maribyrnong had a special place in terms of multicultural history among Melbourne's high schools. Being so close to the Maribyrnong Migrant Hostel (now closed) the school had an integration program for children from the hostel who were from all around the world, including many refugees.
Specialist Sport Program
In 2005 the school commenced its "Specialist Sport Program" with selective entry for talented sports students. Enrolments have grown: in 2007 there were 56 Specialist Sport students from a total school enrolment of 380; in 2010 there were 450 students involved in the sports program from a total school enrolment of 900. Several sports receive a major focus: AFL Football, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis. The School has extensive partnerships with the Western Bulldogs, Victorian Institute of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport and Victoria University.
The Sports Stadium which opened on 22 June 2010 includes two basketball-netball courts, six badminton courts, a 40-metre sprint track and a full size gym. It was officially opened by the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby. The school is still adding extra features to the facility.
Tram 82 (Footscray - Moonee Ponds) stops right in front of the school on River Street. Bus services to Highpoint Shopping Centre also provide close public transport to the school. The Maribyrnong River is only a short walk from the college and the Maribyrnong River Trail can be used by students to commute to school.
- Doug Chappel - Comedian
- Tony Dodemaide - Cricketer
- Kerry Greenwood - Author and lawyer
- Michael Leunig - Cartoonist
- Mark Philippoussis - World-ranked professional tennis player. Runner-up 1998 US Open.
- Kayne Turner - AFL footballer
- Peter Wright - AFL footballer
- Touk Miller - AFL footballer
- Robert Mesaros - Business Leader (Managing Director HP)
- "John Brumby - Maribyrnong Sports Academy". YouTube. 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2013.