Princes Hill Secondary College

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Princes Hill Secondary College
Arnold Street, Princes Hill[1]
Melbourne, Victoria 3054
School type co-educational Public Government School[2]
Motto Latin: Labore et fide
Established 1889[3][4]
Principal Trevor Smith
Enrolment 850[1]

Princes Hill Secondary College is a state, coeducational secondary school, located in Carlton North, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[2] The school is 2 kilometres from the Melbourne City Centre.[1]

The school was formerly known as Princes Hill High School.[5] Princes Hill Secondary College is non-selective and accepts students from over 30 primary schools in the City of Yarra, City of Melbourne, City of Moreland and City of Darebin.[6] The school has a no-uniform policy.[7]


The school was opened in 1889 by the acting headmaster.[3][4]

Ivor Evans, a 13-year-old student at Princes Hill, won the 1901 Australian flag design competition. It was displayed over the Royal Exhibition Building.[8]

A fire destroyed the original structure on 8 February 1970.[4] Teachers at the school sent a telegram to the then Prime Minister, John Gorton, to ask for financial aid for the school. 410 pupils were left without classrooms.[9]

The school was rebuilt in 1973 by Daryl Jackson in a Brutalist architectural style.[10] New wings have been added since 1983, and a gym in the 2000s[5]

Princes Hill Secondary College students have not worn uniforms since 1971, at variance with the surrounding schools (University High, Northcote).[11]

In the late 1980s the school provided Irish language classes, but these were later cancelled.[12]


Princes Hill Secondary College is one of the few late-20th-century buildings on Arnold Street.[13]

In 2005, parts of the school were refurbished: the performing arts centre, textiles and food facilities, year 11 and 12 classrooms and science laboratories. A gymnasium was established in 2006.[14]

The school has 400 seat theatre and a camp in Mirimbah, located at the foothills of Mount Buller in the Victorian Alps.[1]


VCE studies offered by the school:
Art, Australian and Global Politics, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Drama, English, English (EAL), Foundation Mathematics, French, Further Mathematics, General Mathematics, Global Politics, Health and Human Development, History: 20th Century (1900-1945), History: 20th Century (since 1945), History: Revolutions, Italian, Literature, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Media, Music Investigation, Music Performance, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design and Technology, Psychology, Specialist Mathematics, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design.[15]

In 2008 and 2012 VCE Media and Art work was selected for Top Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.[16][17]

Princes Hill Secondary College was ranked in the top 200 public secondary schools (equal 9th) in Australia based on academic results in 2009.[18]

In 2013, 32 of 111 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank over 90 (29%), almost 50% of students achieved over 80, and 67% achieved over 70.[19]

In 2014, the Victorian Certificate of Education median study score was 33. 16.4 percent of students achieved over 40 study scores.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Right School Right Place - Victorian Government Schools". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training. 
  2. ^ a b "Princes Hill Secondary College". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training. 
  3. ^ a b "The Argus". The Argus. Trove. 23 May 1939. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Age". The Age. Trove. 24 Nov 1971. 
  5. ^ a b "Princes Hill High School, former". Victorian Heritage Database. 
  6. ^ The National Education Directory Australia
  7. ^ "Students enter school uniform debate". The Australian. 17 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Shape: Designs for life". The Age. 29 Nov 2013. 
  9. ^ "Aid plea". The Canberra Times. Trove. 11 Feb 1970. 
  10. ^ Jackson, Daryl (1996). Daryl Jackson: selected and current works. Images Publishing. ISBN 1875498524. 
  11. ^ Parliament of Victoria - Dress Code Submissions
  12. ^ The Irish Language Association of Australia
  13. ^ "Best streets: Princes Hill". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Princes Hill Secondary College website
  15. ^ "School Studies Search". Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. 
  16. ^ "Young Starlets - Minnis Journals". Education Today. 
  17. ^ "Top Arts 2012". National Gallery of Victoria. 
  18. ^ "National Top Public High Schools - 2009". Better Education. 
  19. ^ "2013 Annual Report". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training. 
  20. ^ "Top state high schools boost property prices". 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Vlahogiannis, N. (1989). Prinny Hill: The State Schools of Princes Hill, 1889-1989. 
  22. ^ "Biography - John Brake". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 
  23. ^ "Personalities" (PDF). Melbourne University Football Club. 
  24. ^ "Biography - Ian Macfarlan". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 

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Coordinates: 37°47′02″S 144°57′52″E / 37.78389°S 144.96444°E / -37.78389; 144.96444