The Southport School
|The Southport School|
|Type||Independent, single-sex, day and boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat|
(Let him who deserves the palm of victory bear it.)
|Founder||Rev. Horace Henry Dixon|
|Enrolment||About 1,305 (R-12)|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, navy & white|
Established in 1901 by The Right Reverend Horace Henry Dixon, TSS is the oldest Anglican boys' boarding school in Queensland and the only all-boys boarding school on the Gold Coast. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1305 students from pre-school to Year 12, including 276 boarders from Years 7 to 12.
The school is affiliated with the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA), Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), and has been a member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS) since 1920.
The Southport School was established in 1901 by The Rt Revd Horace Dixon. The land was originally owned by Benjamin and Ann Spendelove. The Spendelove family continued to make a contribution to the school, providing boxing coaching for many years.
The first boarding houses (Delpratt, McKinley and Thorold) were established in 1907 and 1908.
The Southport School has the oldest school boat club in Queensland, having founded its boatshed in 1907.
|1901–1929||Rt. Rev. Horace Henry Dixon OBE|
|1930–1935||Bertram George Lawrance|
|1936–1940||Rev. Verney Lovett Johnstone|
|1941–1950||John Norman Radcliffe|
|1950–1971||Cecil Garton Pearce, OBE|
|1972–1987||John Henry Day, AM|
|1988–2003||Bruce Alexander Cook, OAM|
As with most Australian schools, The Southport School utilises a house system. The Senior School is divided vertically into the twelve houses: eight day boy houses and four boarding houses. The Preparatory School is divided into four houses. The Senior Houses are:
The three original houses – Dellpratt, MicKinley and Thorold – were founded in 1909, 1909 and 1908, respectively. The inaugural house shield competition was held in 1910, won by MicKinley. The additional day houses were added in the 1970s and 1980s, and the fourth boarding house, Biddle, added in 1988. The most successful house in the House Shield competition has been Thorold House, achieving its 40th House Shield victory in 2014; MicKinley had won 31 house shields and Dellpratt 21 as of 2014.
TSS has a strong sporting tradition and over the years has produced many Australian and international athletes of note. The school currently offers the following activities to its students: basketball, chess, cricket, cross country, debating, football, gymnastics, rowing, rugby, swimming, sailing, tennis and track and field. TSS has been a member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS) since 1920. The school has achieved many sporting premierships during its membership.
GPS Premierships (official GPS records):
- Rowing (21) 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1970, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2006, 2018
- Cricket (19) 1920, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
- Rugby (10) 1922, 1926, 1933, 1938, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017
- Tennis (9) 1921, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1956, 2000, 2001, 2018
- Gymnastics (7) 1935, 1936, 1962, 1963, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Swimming (8) 1922, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016
- Athletics (5) 1918, 1919, 1922, 1929, 1933
- Sailing (7) 2002, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Soccer (3) 2012, 2013, 2014
- Basketball (2) 2009, 2012
- Cross Country (1) 1990
- Shooting (4) 1956, 1963, 1967, 1971 (suspended 1974)
Associated Schools Championships:
- Basketball 1980–81 (1979–1986)
- Soccer 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990 (1978–1991)
Notable alumni and members of the school community
The Old Southportonians Association (OSA) is the alumni organisation for Old Boys of the school. The OSA celebrated its 100 years as a recognised body in 2007.
Arts, media and sciences
- James Blundell – singer
- Sidney Cotton – inventor of the 'Sidcot' flight suit
- Ben Dark – television presenter, Getaway, Nine Network
- Sir Lorimer Dods – founder of the Children's Medical Research Institute
- Stewart Morris – singer, member of the Ten Tenors
- Paul Whittaker – Editor-in-Chief, The Australian
- Rod Young – news anchor for Seven Network
Business and politics
- Rob Borbidge – Premier of Queensland
- John Moore – former Federal Liberal Defence Minister
- Bill O'Chee – Queensland Senator
- Glenister Sheil – Queensland Senator
- General Sir Arthur MacDonald – Chief of Defence Force Staff (1977–1979)
- Lieutenant General Robert Harold Nimmo – head of UN Military Observer Group in Pakistan and India (1952–1966)
- Vice Admiral Sir David Stevenson – Chief of Naval Staff (1973–1976)
|Clark Keating||Australian rules football||Brisbane Lions|
|Broc McCauley||Australian rules football||Brisbane Lions|
|Brad Moran||Australian rules football||Adelaide Crows|
|Trent Durrington||Baseball||Anaheim Angels|
|Adam Scott||Golf||PGA Tour|
|Shannon Eckstein||Ironman||Northcliff Surf Life Saving Club|
|Caine Eckstein||Ironman||Northcliff Surf Life Saving Club|
|Daniel Ritchie||Rowing||Great Britain|
|Josh Graham||Rugby league||Gold Coast Titans|
|Mat Rogers||Rugby league, rugby union||Gold Coast Titans, Kangaroos, Australia, Waratahs|
|Wally Fullerton-Smith||Rugby league||Queensland Australia|
|Peter Jackson||Rugby league||Queensland Australia|
|Nathan Stapleton||Rugby league||Cronulla Sharks|
|Caleb Brown||Rugby union||Queensland Reds|
|Lloyd Johansson||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds|
|Nathan Grey||Rugby union||Australia, New South Wales Waratahs|
|Max Nielson||Rugby union||Western Force|
|Vitori Buatava||Rugby union||Fiji|
|Tom Lawton||Rugby union||Australia|
|Nathan Sharpe||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds, Force|
|Luke Morahan||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds, Force|
|Rob Simmons||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds|
|Scott Higginbotham||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds, Rebels, NEC Green Rockets|
|James Slipper||Rugby union||Australia, Queensland Reds|
|Jono Lance||Rugby union||Queensland Reds, Waratahs, Western Force|
|Ben Tapuai||Rugby union||Wallabies, Queensland Reds, Western Force|
|Jarrad Butler||Rugby union||Queensland Reds, Brumbies|
|Lausii Taliauli||Rugby union||Brumbies|
|Pettowa Paraka||Rugby union||Queensland Reds|
|UJ Seuteni||Rugby union||Toulon, Oyonnax|
|Griffin McMaster||Soccer||Brisbane Roar|
|Adam Brown||Swimming||Great Britain|
|Marco Loughran||Swimming||Great Britain|
|Grant Turner||Swimming||Great Britain|
|Richard Charlesworth||Swimming||Great Britain|
|Marcus Marshall||V8 Supercar||Britek Motorsport|
|Chris Atkinson||World Rally Championship||Subaru|
Student exchange program
The Southport School is a member of Round Square and as such has an extensive network of partner schools with which it performs many student exchanges. TSS is involved in a student exchange program with the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States; and with Collingwood School in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Pacific Cable Station
The Pacific Cable Station was relocated to the school in 1982. Largely untouched from its original form, the station is now a heritage listed building and serves as the school's music department.
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