Marryatville High School

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Marryatville High School
Kensington Road, Marryatville, South Australia
Type Public
Established 1877 (as Norwood Junior Boys Tech)
Principal Mark Leahy
Faculty 150
Enrolment 1228 [1]
Campus Two (Middle and Senior)
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Sky Blue, White
House Colours: Woodroofe (blue), Heysen (red), Anderson (yellow), Mitchell (green)

Marryatville High School is a public state school in Adelaide, South Australia. It was founded in 1976 during the Don Dunstan era of South Australia and was formed out of the old Norwood Boys Technical High School. The school is situated on a large area of land in the eastern suburb of Marryatville, part of the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters. First Creek cuts through the middle of the school grounds and large gum trees line the property.


Marryatville High School was accredited as an international school by the Council of International Schools in 2003 and formed a number of sister school relationships in Japan and China.[2] The school specialises in particular subject areas, including music, drama, and tennis.


One of the school's main focuses is music, as the school is one of four Specialist Interest Music Schools in South Australia. The Marryatville High School big bands have also won music competitions around the country, notably at Generations In Jazz several times over recent years.[3][4] In 2007, the Concert Choir won the SA state final of the inaugural ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year Competition and second place in the national final,[5] and won the Children's and Youth Choir section of the 10th International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2007" in Estonia.[6][7]

The school provides two types of music education in the junior high school, known as Music I and Music II. The Music I program is less intense than Music II. Music II is aimed at musicians with professional music potential.


The Performing Arts Centre named "The Forge", is able to showcase drama, dance and musical performances. For the official opening of the school's new theatre, a production by drama students was presented to guests including South Australian Premier Mike Rann and state member for Norwood Vini Ciccarello. When talking to the cast and crew after the opening show, Mr Rann exclaimed, "I've never seen anything this good, at either a High School, University or TAFE".[8]

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Coordinates: 34°55′44″S 138°38′44″E / 34.92889°S 138.64556°E / -34.92889; 138.64556