Maryborough State High School

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Maryborough State High School
510-528 Kent St
Maryborough, Queensland 4650

Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Motto Non Sine Pulvere Palma
Established 1881
School district North Coast Region[1]
Principal Simon Done [2]
Grades 7 to 12
Enrolment 751 [3] (2016)
Campus Rural
Colour(s) Brown and Blue. Junior uniform is Grey and Blue, with senior uniform Grey and White. The school colours reflect the 47th 'Wide Bay' Battalion.
Sports Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Futsal, Cricket, Volleyball, Rugby Union, Rugby League
Rivals Aldridge State High School, St Mary's College, Maryborough

Maryborough State High School (commonly abbreviated as 'MSHS') is an Independent Public School located in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. The school is run by the Queensland State Government, and is split on either side of Kent Street. The school colours are blue and brown. In 2016 MSHS had 751 students (including 74 students identifiying as indigenous) with 67 teachers (63 full-time equivalent) and 45 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).[3]

The school has had many incarnations, starting its life as Maryborough Boys Grammar School and Maryborough Girls Grammar School, then from 1937 a segregated boys and girls state high school. The school became coeducational from 1974. From 2017, Maryborough State High School is an Independent Public School.


The Maryborough Boys Grammar School was founded on the north side of Kent St in 1881 and the Maryborough Girls Grammar School on the south of Kent St in 1883. An assembly hall was added to the side of the Girls Grammar School in 1888. Four Rhodes scholars graduated from Maryborough Boys Grammar School and many students went on to distinguished careers. Hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression, the Grammar Schools were forced to close. They were subsequently taken over by the Department of Education in 1936 to become the Maryborough State High and Intermediate School for Boys and Maryborough State High and Intermediate School for Girls.[4]

The Boys' and Girls' High Schools were amalgamated in 1974 to form Maryborough State High School.[5] The school has a long standing tradition of excellence in the Maryborough region and has had many notable Australians attend the school.

The original building of Maryborough Boys Grammar School was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992. It is no longer used by the Maryborough State High School but is used for adult vocational education.[6]

Grade 12 2008, Photo taken in the Fairy Ring


The campus is situated on either side of Kent Street adjacent to the Maryborough CBD.[5]


The school has a number of sporting facilities - an artificial hockey surface, multipurpose gymnasium, 2 ovals, ping pong tables, a gym and a tennis court. There are six computer labs with network and internet access with individual user accounts. The school also offers a Bring Your Own Device (BYOx) model so all students can bring their own computer or device to use in all classrooms. From 2017 the school also offers academies in Hockey, Football (soccer) and STEM subjects (Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the school include:


  1. ^ "Department of Education and Training - North Coast Region" (PDF). Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Maryborough State High School Staff Listing 2015" (PDF). Maryborough State High School. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "2016 School Annual Report" (PDF). Maryborough State High School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Development of State secondary schools 1912-1957
  5. ^ a b MSHS Annual Report 2007
  6. ^ "Maryborough Boys Grammar School (former) (entry 600697)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Past students". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  8. ^ "Gallipoli 1915: The first Anzac ashore". ABC Wide Bay Qld. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  9. ^ "Queenslanders to honour first Anzac ashore". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Achiever's Walk: Ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things" (PDF). Fraser Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Memories, medals to be shared". Fraser Coast Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  12. ^ "Military and Police Uniforms at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  13. ^ "From heavy skirts to shin pads: Queensland women’s hockey turns 100". University of Queensland. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "PROF Robert WHITE - The University of Melbourne". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 

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Coordinates: 25°32′01″S 152°41′54″E / 25.53361°S 152.69833°E / -25.53361; 152.69833