Richmond High School (Victoria)

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Richmond High School
FoundersGovernment of Victoria
PrincipalColin Simpson
AffiliationsMelbourne Girls College

Richmond High School is a high school located in the Melbourne, Australia suburb of Richmond. Its predecessor, Richmond Secondary College, was the centre of a public protest and occupation of the site[1] after it was listed for closure by the Liberal Kennett Government in 1993.


The school commenced in 1967 in portable classrooms at the back of Brighton Street Primary School, before moving in 1970 to purpose-built premises on the banks of the Yarra River near Bridge Road. The school's name was changed to Richmond Secondary College, and in 1992 it was listed for closure by the Kennett Government.[2] Community protests against the closure were endorsed by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and lasted 360 days before protesters were evicted by the Victoria Police Force Response Unit.[3] The methods of crowd dispersal used by police on Monday 13 December 1993, which included "pressure holds" and a baton charge, were the subject of a parliamentary inquiry,[4] with 30 demonstrators receiving $300,000 in a settlement from the Bracks Government in 2000.[5][6] In 1994, the buildings became the campus of the new Melbourne Girls College.

2018-present day[edit]

In 2014 the Labor Party pledged to build a new Richmond High School if elected.[7] In 2016 the Labor Government announced plans to build the school.[8] The new school is located in Gleadell Street (Multi-purpose Campus, opened in 2018) and Griffiths Street (Vertical Campus, opened in 2019).[9]


  1. ^ Kennett, Jeff (3 June 2014). "A Lesson in How Good Grew From Bad". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Richmond's $43m, really high school gets off the ground, aims to be open by 2018". 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ McCulloch, J.; Clayton, Marcus (June 1996). "Victoria on the Move! Move! Move!" (PDF). Alternative Law Journal. 21: 103–108.
  4. ^ Investigation into Alleged Excessive Force by the Police Against Demonstrators at the Richmond Secondary College on Monday 13 December 1993 and Investigation into Crowd Control Methods Used by the Victoria Police Against Demonstrators Outside the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Headquarters Victoria Parade East Melbourne on Thursday 10 February 1994 (PDF) (Report). State Ombudsman, Victoria. November 1994.
  5. ^ Richards, Chris (host) (24 October 2000). "Protesting Legalities". The Law Report. ABC Radio National. Transcript.
  6. ^ Iltis, Tony; Price, Susan (1 November 2000). "Bracks, police cop it at Labor conference". Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Labor promises new high school for Richmond". 4 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Victorian state budget 2016: Labor pledges $1.1 billion education spending blitz". 26 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Richmond High School".

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Coordinates: 37°49′18″S 145°00′52″E / 37.82167°S 145.01444°E / -37.82167; 145.01444