|Northcote High School|
19-25 St. Georges Road
|Type||Public, co-educational, secondary, day school|
|Motto||Latin: Meliora Sequamur|
(Let us follow the better path)
|Houses||Merri, Plenty, Batman, Sumner|
|Colour(s)||Green, purple & gold|
The school teaches from Years 7 to 12 and has a population of approximately 1,750 students. Northcote High has a large music and science program, and has been recognised as a significant leader in the use of learning technologies in the classroom.
Northcote High School was established in 1926 as a co-educational secondary school, one of the first six to be established in Melbourne by the Victorian Government. The school owes its establishment largely to agitation led by John Cain (senior), Northcote City Councillor and later Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Jika Jika, with support from the headmasters of nearby Northcote (Helen Street) Primary School and Wales Street Primary School. Cain's repeated efforts to establish a school to provide secondary education for the then predominantly working class suburb of Northcote were finally successful, despite an environment of opposition from conservative politicians and independent principals.
Although Northcote High School was established as a co-educational school, it became a boys' school after 1928 when Preston Girls High School was established. Martin Hansen, the then Chief Inspector of Secondary Education, was convinced high schools should be segregated by gender after a tour of schools in the US and UK. In the 1980s Northcote High School again began to enrol girls in response to community pressure, officially moving to co-education in 1989. In 2018 there were approximately 920 boys and 829 girls enrolled.
Northcote High School first offered a limited Maths and Science Matriculation (final year certificate) in 1946. Principal Alex Sutherland expanded Matriculation in the 1950s to include most subjects on the curriculum. The school continues this tradition today with a very broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects on offer, including a relatively wide range of humanities subjects.
Northcote High School celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016.
- J.S. Kitson 1926 – 1927
- F.W. Johnson 1927 – 1941
- W.J. Bishop 1942 – 1946
- L.B. Garson 1947 – 1948
- H.J. Moody 1949 – 1951
- A. Sutherland 1952 – 1959
- J.D. McGregor 1960 – 1969
- A.D. Perry 1969
- S.A. Seabrook 1970 – 1974
- K. Yon 1975 – 1980
- E.R. Nelson 1980 – 1985
- G.L. Israel 1985 – 2004
- G. Davidson 2004 – 2009
- K. Morris 2009 – 2017
- S. Harrap 2018 – present
Northcote High School has a long tradition of developing ties with schools overseas. In the 1930s students at Northcote High School corresponded with a school in Poland, and in the early 1950s the school began the practice of enrolling and hosting students from overseas, partly under the auspices of the Colombo plan. In 1999, a sister school agreement was made with Huaibei Number One High School in Anhui province, China and a second with Tienjin - Binhai Foreign Languages School in 2016. Regular exchanges are conducted with these schools. There is also a reciprocal exchange agreement with a school in France.
In 2015 Northcote High School had one of the state's largest International student programs (ISP) with more than 80 students from all five continents studying in the post-compulsory Years 10 - 12. In 2017, the school became the first government school to deliver the VCE offshore, in partnership with Chinese schools. In 2018, the school was awarded the Department of Education's first award for Excellence in Global Learning.
- Richard Abikhair, former Australian rules footballer for Hawthorn and North Melbourne
- John Cain, former ALP MLA, Victorian State Premier.
- James Ford Cairns, former ALP MHR, Federal Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
- Don Chipp, AO, former Liberal MHR, Federal Minister, and Founder Australian Democrats.
- Kristen Condon, Actress
- Professor Bruce Dawe, poet and writer. Winner of the Patrick White Literary Award.
- Wayne Duncan, bass player in Australian 1970s rock band Daddy Cool
- Ken Emselle, Australian rules footballer for Melbourne
- Noel Ferrier, entertainer.
- Don Furness, Australian rules footballer for Fitzroy
- Caitlin Friend, current striker for Australian W-League team Melbourne Victory.
- John Gill, former Australian rules footballer for Essendon
- John Greening, former Australian rules footballer for Collingwood
- Jack Hamilton, AM, VFL Commissioner and former Collingwood footballer.
- Vernon Hauser, former Liberal MLC.
- Ashley Henderson, bass player in Australian funk band Stylus
- Professor Ken Inglis, historian.
- Trevor Kaine, former Liberal ACT Chief Minister.
- Geoff Leek, former Australian rules footballer for Essendon
- Colin Lovitt, Queen's Counsel Barrister.
- James Mollison A.O., Director National Gallery of Australia, Director National Gallery of Victoria.
- Jac Nasser, A.O., Chairman of BHP Billiton, former CEO Ford Motor Company.
- Normie Rowe, entertainer.
- John Tasioulas, Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Law at King's College London
- Professor Dick Telford, Australia Sports Medicine.
- Ron Todd, former Australian rules footballer for Collingwood
- Graeme Weideman, former Liberal MLA, State Minister.
- Garry Wilson, former Australian rules footballer for Fitzroy
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- Gary Israel, Itiel Bereson, Robert Bridges and Hector Gallagher (2010) The Green, The Purple and the Gold. A History of Northcote High School. Published by Northcote High School, Northcote, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-54341-3
- John Andrews and Deborah Towns (2017) A Secondary Education for All? A History of State Secondary Schooling in Victoria. Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne ISBN 978-1-925588-49-1
- "Awards celebrate international student achievement and teaching excellence". Victorian State Government (Department of Education and Training). Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Olga Galacho (15 March 2012). "Northcote High shuns ties to Collingwood players who were former students". The Herald-Sun. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
- Noel Ferrier (1985) There goes whatsisname; The memoirs of Noel Ferrier. MacmIllan ISBN 0-333-40121-2
- Member for Brindabella, Brendan Smyth (17 June 2008). "Obituary for Trevor Kaine, Legislative Assembly for the ACT" (PDF). Government of the Australian Capital Territory (Hansard). Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Melb PC Personality Profile: Colin Lovitt (accessed:17-08-2007)
- Gary Israel, Itiel Bereson, Robert Bridges and Hector Gallagher, (2010). The Green, The Purple and the Gold. A History of Northcote High School. Published by Northcote High School, Northcote, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 978-0-646-54341-3
- John Andrews and Deborah Towns (2017) A Secondary Education for All? A History of State Secondary Schooling in Victoria. Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 978-1-925588-49-1