|Type||Independent early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school|
|Motto||Latin: Esse Quam Videri|
(To be, rather than to seem to be)
|Founder||Frederick T. Perkins|
|President of Council||Roger Massey-Green|
|Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior School||Bob Meaken|
|Deputy Head of School/Head of Junior School||Michele Marquet|
|Head of Pre-Schools||Heidi Burke|
|Director of Students/Deputy Head of Senior School||Peter Young|
|Years||Early learning; K-12|
|Enrolment||c. 1,369 (2006)|
|Colour(s)||Red, white and blue|
Cranbrook School is a dual-campus independent Anglican early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school for boys, located in Bellevue Hill and Rose Bay, both eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Founded in 1918 with the Rev'd Frederick Thomas Perkins as the first headmaster, Cranbrook has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,300 students from early learning (4 years old) to Year 12 (18 years old), including 97 boarders from Years 7 to 12.
Cranbrook is affiliated with the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. It is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).
On 1 December 1917 the former private home and vice-regal residence, Cranbrook, was bought at auction by an agent for Samuel Hordern. He was the main financial benefactor of a group of businessmen and churchmen aiming to establish an Anglican boys' school in the Eastern Suburbs. From December 1917 to June 1918, a provisional committee of twelve, comprising the founders and six additional men, prepared for the opening of the new school. They held meetings, ensured building renovations were completed, drew up the first articles of association and appointed the first Headmaster, Rev. F. T. Perkins. On 6 June 1918, the provisional committee reformed itself as the first council of Cranbrook School and organised the official opening of the school for 22 July 1918.
|Ordinal||Headmaster||Qualifications||Years||Education||Other key positions held|
|1||Rev'd Frederick T. Perkins||MA||1918–1932|
|2||Brigadier Iven G. Mackay||BA HonLLD||1933–1939|
|3||Sir Brian W. Hone||BA(Hons) MA FACE||1940–1951|
|4||Gethyn Hewan||MA MACE||1951–1963|
|5||Mark Bishop||BSc ARACI FACE||1963–1985|
|6||Dr Bruce N. Carter||BA EdM EdD||1985–2000|
|7||Jeremy J. S. Madin||BA(Hons) DipEd||2001–2012|
|8||Nicholas A. Sampson||MA PGCE||2012–present|
Cranbrook school is situated over two campuses; the Senior School (Years 7 to 12) are located on the main campus in suburban Bellevue Hill, while the Junior School, for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, is located in nearby Rose Bay.
Cranbrook has a system of houses from year seven to twelve. This system was created in order for boys to socialise better between different year groups, where senior boys would be acting as juniors' mentors within the house. There are currently ten-day houses, with about 80 boys each. There are also two boarding houses with around 40 boys each.
The school has ten-day boy houses:
|Colour||Name||Year founded||Named in honour of|
|Chelmsford||1931||Lord Chelmsford, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Strickland||1931||Sir Gerald Strickland, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Davidson||1941||Sir Walter Davidson, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Northcott||1957||Sir John Northcott, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Wakehurst||1960||Lord Wakehurst, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Woodward||1969||Sir Eric Woodward, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Hone||1970||Sir Brian Hone, a former Headmaster (1940–1951|
|Cutler||1980||Sir Roden Cutler, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Perkins||1994||Rev. Frederick Perkins, the founding Headmaster (1918–1932)|
|Harvey||2012||Sir John Musgrave Harvey (1918–1938), the founding School Council Chairman|
Cranbrook has two boarding houses:
|Colour||Name||Year founded||Named in honour of|
|Rawson||1931||Sir Harry Rawson, a former Governor of New South Wales|
|Street||1957||Sir Kenneth Street, a former President of School Council|
Cranbrook School is a member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).
Cranbrook School has won the following CAS premierships.
- Athletics (6) - 1930, 1934, 1936, 1943, 1951, 1952
- Basketball - 2007
- Cricket (5) - 1935, 1989, 1998, 2020, 2021
- Cross Country (7) - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
- Rugby (13) - 1930, 1931, 1933, 1943, 1960, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1994, 2014
- Swimming (8) - 1942, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1974, 1976
Alumni of Cranbrook School are known as "Old Cranbrookians" and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Old Cranbrookians' Association (OCA). For a list of notable Old Cranbrookians, see the list of Old Boys of Cranbrook School. These "Old Cranbrookians" include Kerry, Clyde, and James Packer, David Gyngell, Hon. Tim Bruxner, Olympic sprinter Steven Solomon, Mike Cannon-Brookes, and Murray Rose.
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- List of boarding schools in Australia
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