Southport State High School

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Southport State High School
Southport State High School Aerial Photograph.jpg
Aerial view, 2013
Southport, Queensland

MottoRespice Finem
School districtSouth East Queensland
PrincipalNigel Hughes[1]
GradesYear 7 – 12

Southport State High School is a secondary school situated in Southport on the Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia. Southport State High School was the first public high school on the Gold Coast, celebrating its 100th Centenary in 2016.[2][3] 'Respice Finem' remains the school motto to this day, meaning 'to look to the end result'.[4] Some of the Southport State High School Buildings are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[5]


The Southport State School was originally built in 1879 in Scarborough Street on what is now the site for Southport Central Towers.[6] From 1916, the primary school included a section, as a temporary measure until more suitable premises were decided upon, for students undertaking secondary education.[3] It was this component of the school which was moved to a Smith Street location in March 1955 resulting in the creation of a custom built high school which served the entirety of the Town of the South Coast region.[7][8]


  • Specialist Science Labs
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Specialised Junior Secondary Facility
  • Professional Tennis Courts with in house tennis professional and access available for private coaching
  • Industrial Kitchen Facility
  • Performing Arts Theatre
  • Dance Studio
  • Music Centre for Excellence
  • Apple Mac Edit Suite
  • Multi-purpose Sports Centre

Excellence programs[edit]

Southport State High School has a tradition of extending students through a range of excellence programs. These programs nurture and extend high achieving students who have a passion for learning in a specialist area of academia, sport, instrumental music, performing arts and visual arts.

The Academic Excellence Program provides a more rich, integrated experience challenging them to take responsibility over their own learning. Students in the Academic Excellence Program are challenged to question, analyse, build intellectual curiosity and develop critical thinking skills. The Southport State High School Creative Arts Excellence program contains a curriculum designed to allow students to flourish in an environment especially designed to guide and facilitate students demonstrated creative ability. The program recognises the talents of each individual student. The Sports Excellence Program at Southport State High School enhances the athletic potential of each and every student. The program supplements the training and professional coaching of each student through a program that develops speed, agility, movement, core strength co-ordination and power. Based on the 'Long Term athlete Development Model' created by Istvan Balyi, the Sports Excellence Program approach emphasises age appropriate skills acquisition to maximise athletic potential.

Apple Distinguished Program[edit]

Southport State High School is an internationally recognised and accredited Apple Distinguished Program.[citation needed] As a member of a global community of educational leaders recognised for doing outstanding work with Apple technology in and out of the classroom, teachers are encouraged to explore new ideas, seek new paths and embrace new opportunities.


In 2009, a student at the school was charged with assault.[9] In the same year, 303 students were suspended from the school.[9] In 2014, a 14-year-old student was stabbed by his classmate.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Southport State High School has produced a number of distinguished students including:

Notable teachers include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Staff". Southport State High School. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Proposed High School at Southport". The Brisbane Courier (17, 817). Queensland, Australia. 22 February 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b "SOUTHPORT STATE HIGH SCHOOL". The Brisbane Courier (18, 251). Queensland, Australia. 15 July 1916. p. 7. Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). Southport High School: The Smart Choice. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Southport State High School (entry 650034)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  6. ^ "SOUTHPORT". Logan Witness. II, (93). Queensland, Australia. 15 November 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "SOUTHPORT STATE HIGH SCHOOL '". South Coast Bulletin. , (1596). Queensland, Australia. 23 September 1953. p. 1. Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOR SOUTHPORT". Queensland Times (20, 477). Queensland, Australia. 22 August 1952. p. 6 (Daily.). Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ a b c Greg Stolz and Tanya Chilcott (31 March 2011). "Student, 14, charged over Southport State High school stabbing". The Courier Mail. News Corp. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

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Coordinates: 27°57′43.30″S 153°24′6.47″E / 27.9620278°S 153.4017972°E / -27.9620278; 153.4017972