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Princes Hill Secondary College

Princes Hill Secondary College is a coeducational state secondary school, located in Carlton North, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1] The school is 2 kilometres from the Melbourne City Centre.[2]

Princes Hill Secondary College
Arnold Street, Princes Hill[2]

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Typeco-educational government school[1]
MottoLatin: Labore et fide
PrincipalTrevor Smith
Years offered7-12

The school was formerly known as Princes Hill High School.[5] Princes Hill Secondary College is non-selective and accepts students from over 30 primary schools in the City of Yarra, City of Melbourne, City of Moreland and City of Darebin.[6]


The school was opened by the acting headmaster on 2 September 1889 with several hundred pupils.[7][3][4] It was the continuation of the Lygon Street, North Carlton school, established in the 1860's.[8]

Ivor Evans, a 13-year-old student at Princes Hill, won the 1901 Australian flag design competition. It was displayed over the Royal Exhibition Building.[9]

A fire destroyed the original structure on 8 February 1970.[4] Teachers at the school sent a telegram to the then Prime Minister, John Gorton, to ask for financial aid for the school. 410 pupils were left without classrooms.[10]

The school was rebuilt in 1973 by Daryl Jackson in a Brutalist architectural style.[11] New wings have been added since 1983, and a gymnasium in the 2000s[5]

The school has a no-uniform policy.[12] Students have not worn uniforms since 1971.[13]


Princes Hill Secondary College is one of the few late-20th-century buildings on Arnold Street.[14]

In 2005, parts of the school were refurbished: the performing arts centre, textiles and food facilities, year 11 and 12 classrooms and science laboratories. A gymnasium was later established in 2006.[15]

The school has small theatre seating 150 and a camp in Mirimbah, located at the foothills of Mount Buller in the Victorian Alps.[2]


VCE studies offered by the school:
Art, Australian and Global Politics, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Drama, English, English (EAL), English Language, Foundation Mathematics, French, Further Mathematics, General Mathematics, Global Politics, Health and Human Development, History: 20th Century (1900-1945), History: 20th Century (since 1945), History: Revolutions, Italian, Literature, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Media, Music Investigation, Music Performance, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design and Technology, Psychology, Specialist Mathematics, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design.[16]

In 2008 and 2012 VCE Media and Art students' work was selected for the Top Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.[17][18]

Princes Hill Secondary College was ranked in the top 200 public secondary schools (equal 9th) in Australia based on academic results in 2009.[19]

In 2013, 32 of 111 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank over 90 (29%), almost 50% of students achieved over 80, and 67% achieved over 70.[20]

In 2014, the Victorian Certificate of Education median study score was 33. 16.4 percent of students achieved over 40 study scores.[21]

Notable alumniEdit

'Princes Hillians' include:


  1. ^ a b "Princes Hill Secondary College". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training.
  2. ^ a b c d "Right School Right Place - Victorian Government Schools". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Argus". The Argus. Trove. 23 May 1939.
  4. ^ a b c "The Age". The Age. Trove. 24 November 1971.
  5. ^ a b "Princes Hill High School, former". Victorian Heritage Database.
  6. ^ The National Education Directory Australia
  7. ^ "AMONG THE SCHOOLS". Trove. The Age. 15 August 1939. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ "PRINCES HILL SCHOOL REUNION". Trove. The Age. 26 June 1933. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Shape: Designs for life". The Age. 29 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Aid plea". The Canberra Times. Trove. 11 February 1970.
  11. ^ Jackson, Daryl (1996). Daryl Jackson: selected and current works. Images Publishing. ISBN 1875498524.
  12. ^ "Students enter school uniform debate". The Australian. 17 July 2010.
  13. ^ Parliament of Victoria - Dress Code Submissions
  14. ^ "Best streets: Princes Hill". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 July 2012.
  15. ^ Princes Hill Secondary College website Archived 2012-11-29 at
  16. ^ "School Studies Search". Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  17. ^ "Young Starlets - Minnis Journals". Education Today.
  18. ^ "Top Arts 2012". National Gallery of Victoria.
  19. ^ "National Top Public High Schools - 2009". Better Education.
  20. ^ "2013 Annual Report". State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training.
  21. ^ "Top state high schools boost property prices".
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Vlahogiannis, N. (1989). Prinny Hill: The State Schools of Princes Hill, 1889-1989.
  23. ^ "Biography - John Brake". Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  24. ^ "Personalities" (PDF). Melbourne University Football Club.
  25. ^ "Biography - Ian Macfarlan". Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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