ARCHIVAL HISTORY OF
HURSTVILLE BOYS’ HIGH
Guard the Good. This means that the Griffin is guarding all that
is good (our school, our students, the knowledge taught)
The Griffin. The Griffin is holding the book of knowledge.
Griffin is half Lion, half Eagle. In the Middle East and China a lion
motif is used to guard treasure, people, money etc.
Europe and Asia motif is a symbol of power and freedom.
have combined both of these in our Griffin to show the strength and
courage of the Lion and the ability of the Eagle to soar and have vision
and motto development:
1929-1957. The letters on the badge derived from CENTRAL TECHNICAL
SCHOOL and in turn the letters led to the motto: Thought! Courage!
Public School, Gannon’s Forest (primary)
superior Public school (classes to Yr 8)
Hurstville Junior Tech and Trades school
(classes to Yr 8)
Hurstville central Technical School
(classes to Yr 9)
Hurstville Boys’ High School (classes to Yr 12)
opened LEWIS Block, 1929: Mr.
George Lewis was the first principle in 1929 and the main building, the
Lewis Block, is named after him.
Boys’ High School traces its history back to the first public school
in the district, a one teacher slab and bark hut located opposite
Butlers Road in the 1850’s.
school moved to new, comparatively palatial premises in the timber built
St George Church of England (which stood on the site of the present
those times it was fairly common practice to conduct public day schools
in church buildings.
continued in the church until 1875 when a building was erected at Forest
Road opposite the Blue Post Inn. A Mr. Lappin was given charge of the
school and its 30 pupils.
the area developed, a new building was erected in 1891. This building,
with its distinctive bell tower, is still used today.
1928 the school was the largest in the State, with a student population
of more than 2500. New buildings were added to cope with the increase.
At this time, 681 boys and 401 girls were in classes above sixth class.
Boys’ High School marks its birthday as 1928, when the senior boys
classes were located in a collection of wooden portables.One of these
portables is standing in the school grounds.
that same year the present main building was commenced.
May 1929, it was officially opened as the junior technical high school
and trades school.
following year the school was changed to Hurstville central technical
school. It carried that name until 1929, it became Hurstville Boys
1929 the main building of Hurstville boys’ high school was open
officially by then the education minister, Mr. Drummond, and was known
as known as Hurstville central technical school with 530 pupils and 21
staff. The motto at that time ‘Thought, Courage, Success’.
of the original teachers was Mr. Percy Frank, whose services to the
school extended over 50 years. There is a memorial garden dedicated to
Mr. Franks in the school grounds.
main school building facing the school oval has a classical entrance
portico supported by 12 Doric columns and a magnificent mosaic floor
featuring ‘The Griffin’, the school emblem.
to the entrance we have an imposing statue of ‘The Boxer’ which is
sculptured in Italian marble.
February, 1983 there was a major fire at the school which caused great
devastation in the main building and administration area suffered over
$475,000.00 damage. Repairs were still being carried out 18 months
Excellency Professor Gordon REID
Governor of Western Australia
Car designer and racing driver.
Hon (Senator) A. GIETZELT
Awarded Order of Australia medal
Federal Secretary, Miscellaneous Workers’ Union, A.C.T.U.
John DIXON, O.B.E.
National President, Metal Trades’ Industry of Australian
Electricity and Education Commission
Gary PUNCH, M.P.
Minister for Defence, Science.
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Notre Dame University, U.S.A
Australian Davis Cup representative
Australian Olympic swimmer.
and Citizen’s Association and Volunteers.
1957 a Parents and Citizens’ Association was formed. Mr. John Dixon,
O.B.E., a former pupil of the school, became its first President and
continued in the Association for 23 years.
& C. provide funds for the purpose of equipment for the school and
are the source of volunteers in activities to benefit the school in many
To the P & C and to parents who provide voluntary help in our
school canteen we give out heartfelt thanks.
1957 the enrolment at the school, built in 1928 to accommodate 530
pupils, has grown to 1150 and was literally bursting at the seams.
the ensuing years, a number of buildings, together with a playing field,
were added. All buildings have been named as a tribute to
identities as follows;
Block) First Principal, MR. G.A. Lewis from 1929-1940.
Awarded Kings Jubilee Medal in 1935 for services to the State.
Block) Former Principal, Mr. H. Musgrave, 1941-1956, with commencementof 4th and 5th Years.
After Mr. A. W. Stephens, then Director of Secondary Education-
former Prefect of Maitland High School.
Mr. John Dixon, student of 1929 and President of P & C for 23
Patron of Hurstville Boys’ High School
CLARK CENTRE (Bini)
Former Principal, Mr. A.J. Clark. Bini Dome was opened by Mr.
in 1960 and named after Mr. R.D. Thomas who was a former Principal.
the years, ex-students have served with distinction in every field of
endeavour- industry, commerce, academia (including aUniversity
Vice-Chancellor), all the professions, International sportsmen, all
levels of government ranging form Cabinet Ministers to Mayors of
Municipalities and even a State Governor.
Hurstville Boys’ High School have come thousands of worthy citizens
who, as skilled tradesmen, Businessmen and professionals, have become
part of the backbone of the nation.
Honour Roll of the school also proudly bears the names of the boys who
defended their country in time of war and those who gave their lives are
not forgotten but proudly remembered.
Principals of Hurstville Boys’ High School.
At the main entrance to the school is the H.B.H.S.
tiled mosaic which is made from glazed ceramic tiles in the pattern of
the school emblem,the Griffin. Mr. Norm Hilliard, an ex-student, hand
made each individual tile (all 3,500 of them) in seven colours to fill a
Mr. David Trewartha. For 15 years, Hurstville Boys’
High School was fortunate to have the service of Mr. David Trewartha in
the capacity of Treasurer of the Parents and Citizens’ Association and
managing the books if account for the Canteen.
Mr. Trewartha continued on in this honorary position
even after his son, Peter, completed his education at this school. His
wife, Margaret, assisted in our canteen for many years as a volunteer.
We thank Mr. Trewartha most sincerely for his
dedication to the school.
Zone Champions, 1993, Hume Barbour, E.S.U
Multi-cultural Day, 1994 was an extravaganza for the
school community with folk song and dance, international food stalls,
displays of work,tree planting and camel rides, which concluded with a
soccer match between the students and parents.
Red Cross Society, New South Wales Division.
On Saturday, 14th to Sunday, 22nd
March, sixty of our students volunteered to work on the 1992 Red Cross
Door Knock Appeal. The boys collected $1700 form the Hurstville
community with four boys collecting over a hundred dollars each. It was
a leasing result in these stringent of times and reflects the strong
community spirit of the school.
Bank Cup Soccer Victory, 1990.
The winning team consisted of:
Mark Babic, Jim Fengitis, Elvis Mircevski, Mirko Jurilj,
Stuart Wenham, Jim Kapsalis, Vancho Janevski, John Sklias, Tony Franov,
Greg Gregoriou, Nick Kartambis, Michael Velovski, Peter Lesko, Robert
Babaic, Nunzio LoCastro and George Konidaris.
Excellency, Professor Gordon Reid, A.C., former Governor of Western
Gordon REID attended this school (which was then known
as Hurstville Central Technical School) from 1934-37. He was in the sameyears as Sir Jack
Brabham. After leaving school he sat for and passed
the Public Service Examination. War service followed in which he was a
member of ‘The Pathfinders’.
After World War II he worked as an Accounts and Reading
Clerk in Parliament House, Canberra, studying for his Bachelors degree
in Commerce at night. Gordon Reid then traveled to England where he
obtained his Master’s Degree and his Doctor of Philosophy degree at
the London School of Economics, receiving the Hutchinson Medal for an
outstanding thesis. He has been granted various awards, included the
Nuffield Scholarship, and in 1986 was awarded- ‘Companion of Australia’.
He has lectures at Adelaide University and Perth University and was
eventually Professor of Political Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor of
Perth University. Since 1983, Professor Gordon Reid had held the office
of Governor of Western Australia.
We congratulate Professor Gordon Reid on his scholastic
achievements, his well-deserved high office, and his success as a
husband, as father of four children and as a famous ‘old boy’ of
Hurstville Boys’ High School.
Our 2.5 metre statue of Carrara marble, set in the
grounds in proximity to the school entrance, is ‘The Boxer’,
Damascenes of Syracuse, and was one of a pair purchased from Italy. It
was originally placed in Centennial Park entrance but later donated to
Hurstville Boys’ High School by N.S.W. State Government. Former
Principal, Mr. A.J. Clark, was responsible for all research, the
acquisition and installation of the statue.
Originally the entrance to Hurstville Boys’ High
School was from Forest Road. The avenue of trees along the driveway
entrance to the school was the work of ex-teacher, Percy Franks, who
taught at the school for 60 years. His pupils were responsible for the
planting of the trees, some of which are now over 40 feet tall.
Dome (A.J. Clark Centre).
The A.J. Clark Centre (Bini Dome) is the school’s
assembly hall which is also used for basketball, assemblies, concerts
etc. and wasnamed after former Principal, MR, A.J. Clark (1972-1979)
who was responsible for many improvements to the school including the
Bini Dome, the gardens, brick pathways, gardens, mosaic and statue.
Planted in 1994, the International Garden of Trees
represents our boys of diverse backgrounds, growing tall together and
contributing to one beautiful Australia of the future.
Franks’ Memorial Garden was
named after Percy Franks who was a teacher from 1923-1973 and a member
of our first teaching staff.
High School students, with lifter voice proclaim
glories of our school with its far-reaching fame.
Year of Fifth Year, our spirit’s still the same
field we traverse, we will ever play the game.
the game, Hurstville, come what may,
the stumps are flying or the kick has gone astray
or vanquished, we glory in the strife
when schooling’s over, there’s the big game- LIFE!
and academics, with science, crafts and art
future’s full of promise, if we only play our part.
tradition with problem, book or rule
is our watchword, Hurstville High is our School.
are, we are, can you guess?
are the boys of the B.H.S
Incorporated in the school badge is the motto ‘Thought,
As A Second Language
The students at
Hurstville Boy's High School are fortunate in they can experience first
hand the changing face of Australia. Our country is a
Multi-cultural country rich in a variety of language backgrounds
and cultures. To fit in with this Hurstville Boys' High is a school
whose students come from many different language backgrounds. The four
major language backgrounds of the students are: Greek, Macedonian,
Arabic and Chinese, but we also have students form a wide variety of
language groups such as: Croation, Vietnamese, Tagalog (Filipino) and
Spanish. The challenge for teachers is to help make the transition from
students' first language to English as smooth as possible and to be
aware of the many different cultural backgrounds that exist in the
school. The challenge for E.S.L. teachers is to assist students form a
non-English Speaking Background in learning English across the subject
areas sot hat they can become an effective part of school and the wider
The Role of the
are qualified teachers who have completed a degree majoring in
psychology and at least a further year's training or a higher degree in
counselling and assessment of pupils. The Counsellor normally works with
children from Kindergarten through to senior students.
difficulties with school work, peer and family relationships or
emotional problems affecting self-esteem,concentration and performance
may refer themselves directly to the Counsellor or be
referred by parents or teachers. Referrals may be by simply asking the
Counsellor, by writing a note, or by telephoning the Bursar's Office and
asking for an appointment.
Cadet Unit. The
Hurstville Boys' High School Cadet Unit operated for a period of 15
years from 1961 to 1976, after which funding for school cadet units were
teminated by the Commonwealth Government.
During its life the
unit was a proud part of school life and gave special dignity and colour
to important school functions.
Karate Boys Strike
Their Yellow Grade. Five
students from Hurstville Boys' High School recieved their yellow belts
after taking part in the school Sekiryukan Karate club's first gradings.
Paul Chiu of Year 12,
Wojtek Bagadzinski and Steven Evans of Year 9 and Trajche Cvetanovski
and Billy Nedelkovski of Year 8 are members of the high school Karate
club formed at the beginning of the year.
They were placed by
the founders of Sosuishiryu Martial Arts in Australia, Senseis Pat
Harrington and Betty Huxley, who were assisted by Shane Chapman and
Sensei Pat Harrington
has a 6th Dan, Kudokan Judo and Menkyo Kaiden in Bu-jutsu
which makes her the highest graded Caucasian woman in the world in this
school of karate.
Gradings were all
above 90 per cent with the highest mark awarded going to Trajche
Cvetanovski, who received 98 per cent.
Ramsey, gave permission for the formation of the club as part of the
school sports program.
Mr. Percy Franks,
Mr. John Dixon, O.B.E.,
Sir John Brabham, ex
Mr. Norm Hilliard,
Griffin Mosaic creator at front entrance
Mr. David Trewartha,
P. & C. Treasurer
Mr. Edward Kingston,
Students in Year 10
and 11 at Hurstville Boys’ High School taught Greek to pupils in Year
3 at the local primary school in 1994.
Mr. R.J. Ramsey,
Principal, 1992- ?
Year 8 Japanese
language students at Hurstville Boys’ High School in Hurstville,
Australia, made more than 2,000 paper origami cranes to send to the
Peace Park in Hiroshima, The world’s first A- bombed city in western
Japan, as a gesture of friendship and world peace. Hurstville Boys’
High School Principal, Bob Ramsey and Japanese Language teacher,
Stephanie Moses, were pictured with the students and their festoons of
origami cranes. According to Mr. Ramsey, the school has been receiving
copies of Pacific Friend for many years and they have found its articles
and photographs most impressive and helpful to their students.