Marryatville High School

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Marryatville High School
Kensington Road, Marryatville, South Australia
Type Public
Established 1877
(as Norwood Model School)[1]
Principal John Tiver
Faculty 150
Enrolment 1228 [2]
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 formed in 1976 during the Don Dunstan era of South Australia from the amalgamation of the Norwood Boys' Technical High School and the Kensington & Norwood Girls 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 school grounds and large gum trees line the property.



Norwood Model School (1877–1942)[edit]

The Norwood Model School was opened on the east side of Osmond Terrace (between the Parade and Beulah Road) in response to the 1875 Act which provided for State funding of school buildings and compulsory education for children aged 7 to 13. With the establishment of Norwood High School in 1910, it continued as a "Central School" until they were abolished in 1940, at which point it became a Junior Technical School.

Norwood Boys Junior Technical School (1942–1960)[edit]

The Junior Technical School continued to expand at the Osmond Terrace site, and in 1944 the Education Department bought 20 acres on Kensington Road at Marryatville. In 1947 Premier announced that classrooms and workshops would be built at Marryatville, and in 1950 tenders were called and work began. The workshops were opened in 1953. Enrollments increased rapidly through the 1950s.

Norwood Boys Technical School (1961–1973)[edit]

Norwood Boys Technical School was officially opened in 1961 and the school continued to expand. In 1964 the school enrollment was 695 boys, 784 students attending night classes, and the Astronomical Observatory opened. Enrollments peaked in the low 700s in the late 1960s, but by 1972 this had dropped to 316 and it was announced that the school would be converted to a comprehensive high school.

Marryatville Boys High School (1974–1976)[edit]

The school was renamed in 1974 with an enrollment of 290. In 1975 it was announced that the school would amalgamate with the Kensington & Norwood Girls High School.

Marryatville High School (1976–)[edit]

Marryatville High School formed in 1976 with a focus on a special music program.


The first principal was Glen McArthur who served in the position till 1991, by which time the school had a well established reputation and enrollment.


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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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,[6] and won the Children's and Youth Choir section of the 10th International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2007" in Estonia.[7][8]

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, with only 5 lessons of music a week while Music II has 10 lessons. Music II is aimed at musicians with professional music potential, and includes lessons in Musical Development, Theory and Composition, Music Experience, Concert Practice and Choir.


The Performing Arts Centre, named "The Forge", is able to showcase drama, dance and musical performances. For the official opening of the school's theatre in 2005, a production by drama students was presented to guests including then 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".[9]


  • 1942 Cliff Rooney
  • 1961 P B Hillbig
  • 1964 R M Macpherson
  • 1965 Norman Dowdy
  • 1969 G B Payne
  • 1975 Glen McArthur
  • 1992 Kate Castine
  • 2004 Mark Leahy

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