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 Wide Bay South
Principal Simon Done [1]
Grades 7 to 12
Enrolment 740 [2] (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 2015 MSHS had 724 students (including 82 students identifiying as indigenous) with 67 teachers (63 full-time equivalent).[3]

The 2017 School Captains are Annabel Head and Jayden Phillips, with Nikki Harmer and Nicholas Schneider as School Vice Captains.

The school has had many incarnations, starting its life as a Grammar School, then a segregated boys and girls high school in the early 1970s. The school became coeducational from 1974. From 2017, Maryborough State High School will be 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.

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. ^ "Maryborough State High School Staff Listing 2015" (PDF). Maryborough State High School. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  2. ^ MSHS Annual Report 2016
  3. ^ "2015 School Annual Report" (PDF). Maryborough State High School. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Development of State secondary schools 1912-1957
  5. ^ a b MSHS Annual Report 2007
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Past students". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Gallipoli 1915: The first Anzac ashore". ABC Wide Bay Qld. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  8. ^ "Queenslanders to honour first Anzac ashore". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Achiever's Walk: Ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things" (PDF). Fraser Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Memories, medals to be shared". Fraser Coast Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Military and Police Uniforms at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  12. ^ "From heavy skirts to shin pads: Queensland women's hockey turns 100". University of Queensland. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "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