Northcote High School
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|Northcote High School|
Latin: Meliora Sequamur
Let us follow better things
|Type||Government Secondary School|
|Houses||Merri, Plenty, Batman, Sumner|
|Colour(s)||Green, purple & gold.|
The school teaches from Years 7 to 12 and has a population of approximately 1,600 students. Northcote High has a large music and science program, and has been recognised as a significant leader in the use of learning technologies in the classroom.
Northcote High School was established in 1926 as a co-educational secondary school, one of the first six to be established in Melbourne by the Victorian Government. The school owes its establishment largely to agitation led by John Cain (senior), Northcote City Councillor and later Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Jika Jika, with support from the headmasters of nearby Northcote (Helen Street) Primary School and Wales Street Primary School. Cain's repeated efforts to establish a school to provide secondary education for the then predominantly working class suburb of Northcote were finally successful, despite an environment of opposition from conservative politicians and independent principals.
Although Northcote High School was established as a co-educational school, it became a boys' school after 1928 when Preston Girls High School was established. In the 1980s Northcote High School again began to enrol girls in response to community pressure, officially moving to co-education in 1989. In 2012 there were approximately 840 boys and 710 girls enrolled.
The school has a strong connection to the inner northern Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy North, Clifton Hill, Brunswick East, Northcote, Thornbury, Fairfield, Preston and Reservoir with many of its students attending the school as their parents once did. A feature of Northcote High School is the number of staff who are former students (including two former School Captains) and others who have their own children at the school.
Northcote High School first offered a limited Maths and Science Matriculation (final year certificate) in the 1940s. Principal Alex Sutherland expanded Matriculation in the 1950s to include most subjects on the curriculum. The school continues this tradition today with a very broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects on offer, including a relatively wide range of humanities subjects.
Northcote High School celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016. It remains one of very few Victorian government secondary schools that has not significantly changed its identity through closure, reorganisation or amalgamation.
- Mr J.S. Kitson 1926 - 1927
- Mr F.W. Johnson 1927 - 1941
- Mr W.J. Bishop 1942 - 1946
- Mr L.B. Garson 1947 - 1948
- Mr H.J. Moody 1949 - 1951
- Mr A. Sutherland 1952 - 1959
- Mr J.D. McGregor 1960 - 1969
- Mr A.D. Perry 1969
- Mr S.A. Seabrook 1970 - 1974
- Mr K. Yon 1975 - 1980
- Mr E.R. Nelson 1980 - 1985
- Mr G.L. Israel 1985 - 2004
- Ms G. Davidson 2004 - 2009
- Ms K. Morris 2009 -
Northcote High School has a long tradition of developing ties with schools overseas. In the 1930s students at Northcote High School corresponded with a school in Poland, and in the early 1950s the school began the practice of enrolling and hosting students from overseas, partly under the auspices of the Colombo plan. In 1999, a sister school agreement was made with Huaibei Number One High School in Anhui province, China. Staff and student exchanges are conducted with this school every year. A second sister school agreement was made in 2002 with the Romanazzi Institute in Bari, Italy.
In 2010, there are approximately 80 International students studying at Northcote High School, all in the post compulsory Years 10 -12. The students come from 14 different countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Thailand and Italy.
- Richard Abikhair, Australian rules footballer for Hawthorn and North Melbourne
- John Cain, Former ALP MLA, Victorian State Premier.
- James Ford Cairns, Former ALP MHR, Federal Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
- Don Chipp, AO, Former Liberal MHR, Federal Minister, and Founder Australian Democrats.
- Professor Bruce Dawe, poet and writer. Winner of the Patrick White Literary Award.
- Wayne Duncan, bass player in Australian 1970s rock band Daddy Cool
- Ken Emselle, Australian rules footballer for Melbourne
- Noel Ferrier, entertainer.>
- Don Furness, Australian rules footballer for Fitzroy
- Caitlin Friend, current striker for Australian W-League team Melbourne Victory.
- John Gill, Australian rules footballer for Essendon
- John Greening, Australian rules footballer for Collingwood
- Jack Hamilton, AM, Former VFL Commissioner and Collingwood footballer.
- Vernon Hauser, former Liberal MLC.
- Ashley Henderson, bass player in Australian funk band Stylus
- Professor Ken Inglis, historian.
- Trevor Kaine, former Liberal ACT Chief Minister.
- Geoff Leek, Australian rules footballer for Essendon
- Colin Lovitt, Queen's Counsel Barrister.
- James Mollison A.O., Director National Gallery of Australia, Director National Gallery of Victoria.
- Jac Nasser, A.O., chairman of BHP Billiton, former CEO Ford Motor Company.
- Normie Rowe, entertainer.
- John Tasioulas, Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Law at King's College London
- Professor Dick Telford, Australia Sports Medicine.
- Ron Todd, Australian rules footballer for Collingwood
- Graeme Weideman, former Liberal MLA, State Minister.
- Garry Wilson, Australian rules footballer for Fitzroy
- Sir Frederick Wiltshire, Industrialist.
- See ACARA entry at
- Gary Israel, Itiel Bereson, Robert Bridges and Hector Gallagher (2010) The Green, The Purple and the Gold. A History of Northcote High School. pps 264-313. Published by Northcote High School, Northcote, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-54341-3
- Gary Israel, et al (2010) pps 20-26
- Gary Israel, et al (2010) p.46-47
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.234-228
- Gary Israel et al (2010) P.123-4
- See NLA reference
- Northcote High shuns ties to Collingwood players who were former students, says Eddie McGuire
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.329
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.330
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.333
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.335
- Noel Ferrier (1985) There goes whatsisname; The memoirs of Noel Ferrier. MacmIllan SBN 0 333 40121
- Northcote High School Newsletter 2011
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.338
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.340
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.342
- Melb PC Personality Profile: Colin Lovitt (accessed:17-08-2007)
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.347
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.348
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.354
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.360
- Victorian Parliamentary website
- Gary Israel et al (2010) p.364
- Gary Israel, Itiel Bereson, Robert Bridges and Hector Gallagher, (2010). The Green, The Purple and the Gold. A History of Northcote High School. Published by Northcote High School, Northcote, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-54341-3