The Southport School

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The Southport School
The Southport School clock tower.jpg
Coordinates27°59′8″S 153°24′52″E / 27.98556°S 153.41444°E / -27.98556; 153.41444Coordinates: 27°59′8″S 153°24′52″E / 27.98556°S 153.41444°E / -27.98556; 153.41444
TypeIndependent, single-sex, day and boarding
MottoLatin: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat
(Let him who deserves the palm of victory bear it.)
FounderRev. Horace Henry Dixon
ChairmanFraser Perrin
HeadmasterGreg Wain
EnrolmentAbout 1,305 (R-12)[1]
Colour(s)Maroon, navy & white

The Southport School (TSS) is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for boys, located in Southport, a suburb on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

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.[2] 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.[1]

The school is affiliated with the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[1] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA),[4] Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ),[5] and has been a member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS) since 1920.[6]


The Southport School 1934

The Southport School was established in 1901 by The Rt Revd Horace Dixon. The land was originally owned by Benjamin and Ann Spendelove.[7] 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.[8]


Rev. Horace H. Dixon and son
Period Details
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
2004–present Greg Wain

House system[edit]

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:[9]

Name Day/boarding Colours
Atkinson Day          
Biddle Boarding               
Delpratt Boarding          
Kaiser Day          
Maughan Day          
McKinley Boarding          
Melbourne Day          
Radcliffe Day          
Surman Day          
Thorold Boarding          
Turnock Day          
Walker Day          
Musgrave Prep-day     
Shepherd Prep-day     
Dixon Prep-day     
Mitre Prep-day     

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.[citation needed]


School cricket team ca. 1912

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.[6] 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[edit]

Old Southportians' Association logo

The Old Southportonians Association (OSA) is the alumni organisation for Old Boys of the school.[10] The OSA celebrated its 100 years as a recognised body in 2007.

Arts, media and sciences[edit]


Business and politics[edit]



Name Sport Team/club/affiliation
Clark Keating[13] Australian rules football Brisbane Lions
Broc McCauley Australian rules football Brisbane Lions
Brad Moran[14] Australian rules football Adelaide Crows
Trent Durrington Baseball Anaheim Angels
John Buchanan[13] Cricket Australia
Billy Stanlake Cricket Australia
Scott Muller[13] Cricket Australia
Adam Scott[13] Golf PGA Tour
Shannon Eckstein[13] Ironman Northcliff Surf Life Saving Club
Caine Eckstein Ironman Northcliff Surf Life Saving Club
Duncan Free[13] Rowing Australia
Daniel Ritchie[15] Rowing Great Britain
Josh Graham Rugby league Gold Coast Titans
Mat Rogers[13] 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[13] 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[13] 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
Mathew Belcher[13] Sailing Australia
Bill O'Chee Skeleton Australia
Griffin McMaster Soccer Brisbane Roar[13]
Andrew Baildon Swimming Australia
Gregory Brough Swimming Australia
Leigh McBean[13] Swimming Australia
Adam Brown Swimming Great Britain
Marco Loughran Swimming Great Britain
Grant Turner Swimming Great Britain
Richard Charlesworth Swimming Great Britain
Bernard Tomic Tennis Australia
Courtney Atkinson[13] Triathlon Australia
Marcus Marshall[13] V8 Supercar Britek Motorsport
Chris Atkinson[13] World Rally Championship Subaru

Student exchange program[edit]

Main entrance, 2015

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Southport School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  2. ^ "TSS Prospectus" (PDF). Enrolment Information. The Southport School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  3. ^ "AHISA Schools". Queensland. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  4. ^ "JSHAA Queensland Directory of Members". Queensland Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Brisbane Grammar School". School Search. Independent Schools Queensland. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  6. ^ a b "GPS Schools". Sport and Music. Brisbane State High School. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  7. ^ "About Spendelove Bistro & Bar: Southport Restaurant". Spendelove. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Our History and Tradition". About TSS. The Southport School. Archived from the original on 31 December 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  9. ^ The Southport School Admissions Book Archived 10 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:2007-05-18)
  10. ^ "Old Southportonians' Association". Potentiality Online Communities. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  11. ^ The Old Southportonian's Review No. 127 April 2006 Archived 23 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:2007-06-20)
  12. ^ Davidson, Darren (2 December 2015). "Chris Mitchell retires, Paul Whittaker new editor-in-chief of The Australian". The Australian. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o TSS Sport Hall of Fame (accessed:2007-05-18
  14. ^ "Brad Moran". Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Dan Ritchie | Biographies | British Rowing". Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.

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