Bunbury Senior High School

Bunbury Senior High School is a comprehensive public co-educational high day school, located in Bunbury, a regional centre in the South West region, 175 kilometres (109 mi) south of Perth, Western Australia.

Bunbury Senior High School
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Bunbury Senior High School, pictured in 2011

Coordinates33°19′37″S 115°37′59″E / 33.3269°S 115.633°E / -33.3269; 115.633Coordinates: 33°19′37″S 115°37′59″E / 33.3269°S 115.633°E / -33.3269; 115.633
TypePublic co-educational high school
MottoInspiring Self Belief
Established1923; 98 years ago (1923)
Educational authorityWA Department of Education
PrincipalCraige Pettit[1]
Enrolment998 (2021[2])
Campus typeRegional
Designated13 July 2012
Reference no.5613


The school was established in 1918 and in 2017 had an enrolment of 998 students from Year 7 to Year 12.[2] The school magazine The Kingia was established in 1923.[3][4] The school is the fourth oldest in the state, with many heritage listed buildings.[5] They were designed in a Georgian Revival style by the Principal Architect of Western Australia, William Hardwick.[6] The school is situated on Boulters Heights, one of the highest points of the city between the Indian Ocean and the central business district.[7]

Bunbury was ranked as the top regional school in Western Australia in 2012, at position 32 in the state for students with a WACE score of 75 or more.[8]

In June 2012 Bunbury Senior High School was severely damaged in a storm, with damage to its roof and ten classrooms. Many students continued their education at other local schools or sites until March 2013 when the school was able to access all the repaired classrooms.[9]


The school won the champion school award in the Country Week carnival in 2009 for the first time since the school started competing in 1928. The school team was composed of 135 students in twelve teams competing in most sports.[10]

The school won the Kim Hughes shield for the champion secondary school cricket team in Western Australia in 2009.[11]

The school was champion school at Country Week in 2012 defeating the 2011 champions, Albany Senior High School, which came second, and cross town rivals Australind Senior High School, which came third.[12] In 2013 Bunbury was again champion school.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Bill Marmion – Member of the Western Australian Parliament
  • Rex T. Prider (1910–2005) – Professor of Geology, University of Western Australia (1949-1975)[13]
  • John Sanderson AC – 29th Governor of Western Australia, Lieutenant General Australian Army
  • David Sherwood – Rhodes Scholar[14]
  • John Cornell (1941–2021) – Film producer, writer, actor and businessman

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Department of Education Schools online". 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Alphabetical List of Western Australian Schools" (pdf). Perth, WA: Department of Education, Government of Western Australia. 2021. p. 1. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Online Media: The Kingia". State Library of Western Australia. Bunbury, WA: Bunbury High School. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ "The Kingia". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Teachweb – Bunbury Senior High School". 2010. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Mr W.B. Hardwick Dead". The West Australian. 2 October 1942. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  7. ^ "School Development Plan 2003-2005" (PDF). 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Bunbury school scores top regional ranking". ABC News. Australia. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Bunbury Senior High School 2013 Independent Review Findings" (pdf). Department of Education Services. 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Bunbury Senior High School number one at Countryweek". Bunbury Mail. 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  11. ^ "WACA Champion Secondary Schools". 2010. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  12. ^ "Bunbury Senior High crowned Country Week Champions". Bunbury Mail. 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  13. ^ Glover, J. E. (2005). "Obituary: Professor Rex T Prider" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. 88: 197. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Scholarships: Western Australian Rhodes Scholars". UWA website. The University of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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