The Southport School
|The Southport School|
Latin: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat
Let him who deserves the palm of victory bear it.
|Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding|
|Founder||Rev. Horace Henry Dixon|
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Headmasters
- 3 House system
- 4 Sport
- 5 Notable alumni and members of the School community
- 6 Student exchange program
- 7 Pacific Cable Station
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 after. The first boarding houses (Delpratt, McKinley and Thorold) were established 1907 and 1908. The Southport School has the oldest school boat club in Queensland, having founded its boatshed in 1907.
|1901–29||Rt. Rev. Horace Henry Dixon OBE|
|1930–35||Bertram George Lawrance|
|1936–40||Rev. Verney Lovett Johnstone|
|1941–50||John Norman Radcliffe|
|1950–71||Cecil Garton Pearce, OBE|
|1972–87||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. Whilst the Preparatory School is divided into four houses. The Senior Houses are.
The three original houses Dellpratt, MicKinley & Thorold, were founded in 1909, 1909 & 1908 respectively, the inaugural house shield competition was held in 1910, won by MicKinley. The additional Day houses were added between the 70's & 80's and the fourth boarding house, Biddle, added in 1985. To date the most successful House in the House Shield competition has been Thorold House, achieving its 40th House Shield victory in 2014, MicKinley has 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 sports to its students Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Football, Gymnastics, Rowing, Rugby, Swimming, Sailing, Tennis & Track & Field. TSS is 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 (20) 1918-20-21-23-30-31-33-53-54-58-59-70-78-85-86-87-89-91-00 -2006
- Cricket (18) 1920-23-26-27-28-29-70-71-72-73 -74 -80-81-82 -10-11 -2014-15
- Rugby (9) 1922-26-33-38-01-03 -06 -07 -2010
- Tennis (8) 1921-24-26-30-34-56-00-2001
- Gymnastics (7) 1935-36-62-63-08-09 -2010
- Swimming (8) 1922 -04-05-07-08 -2013-15-2016
- Athletics (5) 1918-19-22-29-1933
- Sailing (5) 2002-2003-2014-15-16
- Soccer (3) 2012-2013-2014
- Basketball (2) 2009 -2012
- Cross Country (1) 1990
- Shooting (4) 1956-63-67-71 (suspended 1974)
Associated Schools Championships
- Basketball 1980–81 (1979–1986)
- Soccer 1978-80-81-84-87-88-90 (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
- Ashley Bradnam – radio announcer for Nova 106.9 and actor
- Luke Bradnam – radio announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato
- Sidney Cotton – Inventor of the 'Sidcot' flight suit
- Perry Cross – motivational speaker
- 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
- Nick Smart – sports journalist for the Herald Sun
- Jim Wilson – television presenter for Seven Network
- 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
- Matthew Perrin – former Managing Director of Billabong
- Tom Ray – property developer
- Glenister Sheil, Queensland Senator
- Major General Robert Harold Nimmo – Head of UN Military Observer Group in Pakistan & India (1952–66)
- General Sir Arthur MacDonald, Chief of Defence Force Staff (1977–79)
- Vice Admiral Sir David Stevenson, Chief of Naval Staff (1973–76)
- Colonel Roger Bryett, Commanding officer of NORFORCE, (2002–2004)
- Peter G Annand – 1972
- Ronald O Bennett – 1931
- Ainslie G. Ross Sheil – 1956
- Harley C Stumm – 1935
Student exchange program
The Southport School is a member of Round Square and as such has an extemsive 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 of America and 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 cable station is now a heritage listed building and serves as the schools music department.
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- Queensland Rhodes Scholars (accessed:2007-05-18
- TSS Sport Hall of Fame (accessed:2007-05-18
- Brad Moran
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