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Adelaide High turns 100
April 5, 2008

South Australia’s first public high school will celebrate 100 years of education this weekend.

 

Adelaide High School will commemorate its centenary year with a number of special events, including the reunion of its history-making rowing crew this Saturday, 5 April.

 

Education Minister and local Member for Adelaide Jane Lomax-Smith congratulated Adelaide High School on its milestone in a speech to Parliament House on Thursday.

 

“The Adelaide High School community can be justly proud to celebrate 100 years of service as a flagship of public education in South Australia,” Minister Lomax-Smith says.

 

“At the heart of Adelaide High’s generations of achievement has been a driving commitment to provide the highest quality of education and prepare students for further education and employment.

 

“As a result, Adelaide High School students are well equipped with the skills, values and attributes they need, not only for school, but for life.

 

I will be among a group of parents, friends, scholars, staff and community leaders who will celebrate with a centenary dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre this weekend.

 

“The school has had an exemplary record of service and achievement ever since South Australia’s first Labor premier, Mr Tom Price, officially opened the school on 24 September 1908.

 

“The school was, in fact, established as part of wide-ranging reforms to support the education of young South Australians by the then Price Labor government.

 

“Indeed, the school has consistently played a leadership role in public education since its foundation.

 

“Reports in the newspaper of the day described the school opening in 1908 as a ‘red letter day in the history of the education department’. Indeed, it was a red letter day as it was the first secondary school in the Commonwealth of Australia.

 

“Over 100 years, this is a school that has created leaders who have helped shape Adelaide, our state and the nation across many walks of life.”

 

Adelaide High is one of two founding schools that competed in the inaugural Head of the River rowing regatta, the State’s largest rowing regatta.

 

Seven members of the 1958 boys crew – the last team from the school to win the boys event – will reunite on Saturday at West Lakes to christen the school’s new boat, aptly named ‘The Centenary’.

 

Adelaide High School is a Special Interest Language School with more than 60 per cent of its students from a non-English speaking background.

 

Other centenary celebration events include:

  • A civic reception hosted by Lord Mayor of Adelaide Michael Harbison in the Queen Adelaide Room of the Adelaide Town Hall on Friday 4 April.
  • A past and present staff cocktail party at the Adelaide High School Hall on Friday 27 June which will be hosted by past principals Colin Brideson and Peter Sanderson.
  • A display of memorabilia spanning 100 years of Adelaide High School in the DECS Gallery in Flinders Street, Adelaide in September.
  • A student celebration at the school, including a whole-school lunch and photograph, on Wednesday 24 September.