Pittwater High School
|Pittwater High School|
|Mona Vale, New South Wales
|Type||Public, Secondary, co-educational, Day school|
|Motto||Truth, Courtesy, Courage.|
|Campus||Mona Street and Pittwater Road|
|Colour(s)||Maroon and Grey|
|Website||Pittwater High School|
Pittwater High School, (abbreviation PHS) is a school located in Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia, on Mona Street and Pittwater Road. It is a co-educational high school operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training with students from years 7 to 12. The school was established in 1963.
History and name
Pittwater High School was established in 1963. It is named after Pittwater, the body of water extending south from Broken Bay parallel to the coast. The waterway was surveyed by crew members of HMS Sirius in 1788, and named Pitt Water after British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger.
Due to its location the school has a rich sporting history, producing many Olympians, especially in both swimming and sailing, and for many years had its own yacht, "Kalori", which was built and sailed by students and staff.
The school also has a strong musical tradition, with internationally renowned jazz musician James Morrison and his brother John Morrison both students at the school in the 1970s, along with the children of Australian rock singer Johnny O'Keefe and Keith Potger of the Seekers. The school has been involved in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge since its inception in the early 1980s, winning the 1987 Sydney challenge, despite a disastrous school fire the night before the final.
In August 1986 the school was the site of an international architectural incident when its radical free standing "binishell" school hall collapsed, just minutes after the area had been occupied by students. A cleaner was seriously injured in the collapse, which led to the immediate closure of all similar structures across Australia.
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (April 2016)|
- Kirk Baxter - Film editor
- Colin Beashel - Member of Australia II, 1983 America's Cup winning crew and 8 times Olympian
- Tom Burlinson - Actor and singer
- Tom Carroll - Twice Professional World Surfing Champion
- Rodney Clarke - Senior Australian Ice Dance champion and Olympian
- Andrew Lloyd - Olympic runner and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
- James Morrison - Musician
- John Morrison - Musician
- Georgina Parkes - Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist
- Kerryn Phelps - Former AMA President, professor
- Peter Phelps - Actor
- Linda Gough - Former Executive Vice President at BT Financial Group and Author
- James Spithill - Yachtsman and twice America's Cup winning skipper
- Rebecca Lacey - Actress
- Tom Trbojevic - Professional Rugby League player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- Shane Fitzsimmons - Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service
- Dr Michael Stead - Bishop of South Sydney, Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney 
- Dr Anne Honey - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
- Jason Waterhouse - Sailor, Australian Sailing Team: Mixed Multihull - Nacra 17 - Rio Olympics 2016
- List of Government schools in New South Wales
- Electoral district of Pittwater
- Division of Mackellar
- Pittwater Council
- "Pittwater High". Government Schools of New South Wales from 1848. NSW Education and Communities. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "Pittwater High School". School Locator. NSW Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "The Kalori - Pittwater High School Yacht". Piitwater Online News. 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
- "The Three Rs - Reading, 'Riting and Rock 'N' Roll". The Age. 1987-09-04. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
- High School "Failures - Binishell Domes" Check
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- Pittwater High School website
- New South Wales Department of Education and Training - Pittwater High School