University High School, Melbourne

University High School, Melbourne

Infobox Aust school
name = The University High School

motto = " _la. Strenue Ac Fideliter"
(Latin:"With Zeal and Loyalty")
established = 1910
type = Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
principal = Mr. Robert H. Newton
city = Parkville
state = Victoria
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
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campus = Parkville
enrolment = ~1,200 (7-12)cite web |url= |title=University High School |accessdate=2008-02-24 |work=Schools Online |publisher=Victorian Government Schools]
colours = White, Black & Green color box|#FFFFFFcolor box|#000000color box|#008000
homepage = []

The University High School, (UHS or Uni High) is a public, co-educational high school, located in Parkville, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Established at Carlton in 1910,cite web|url =|title = School Profile |accessdate = 2008-02-24 |work=Profile |publisher = University High School] the school currently caters for approximately 1,200 students and is one of the highest-scoring state schools in Australia,and one of the highest performing non-selective state schools in Victoria.

In 2001, "The Sun-Herald" ranked University High tenth in Australia's top ten schools for the education of girls, based on the number of its female alumni mentioned in the "Who's Who in Australia".cite news| first = Frank| last = Walker| title = The ties that bind| url = WTF??WTF??kw=%22presbyterian+ladies+college%22&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=entire&so=relevance&sf=author&sf=headline&sf=text&rc=10&rm=200&sp=nrm&clsPage=1&docID=SHD01072295GNI6E8E6E| work = Sunday Life| publisher = The Sun-Herald| page = 16| date = 2001-07-22| accessdate = 2007-09-12] Ref_label|a|a|none


Founded in 1893 from a disused Teachers College, the privately owned "University High School" was situated on the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets, Carlton. In 1900 the school was moved to Victoria Street and then in 1912 it was closed down. In 1910, the "University Practising School" was opened in a former primary school on the corner of Lygon and Lytton Streets, Carlton. In 1913, it changed its name to "The University High School" after the closure of the private school.Since 1930, the University High School has occupied a site in Story Street, Parkville, adjacent to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and in close proximity to the Royal Children's Hospital, newly built Royal Women's Hospital, University of Melbourne and the Central Business District.

During World War II, the United States Army set up a camp on the school oval. Additionally, 240 extra students from MacRobertson Girls High School transported to UHS for schooling as their buildings were also seized by the military.

The recent completion of the $AUD7 million upgrade of the school facilities was completed in 1997. The school experienced major disruption and change during the previous years through dislocation of classes and staff. The completion of the works has given the school modern facilities with appropriate specialist rooms.


* Mr. A. Wrigley (1910 - 1914)
* Mr. Matthew Stanton Sharman (1915 - 1941)
* Mr. L.R. Brookes (1941 - 1951)
* Mr. E. Harrison (1950 - 1951)
* Mr. R.E. Chapman (1952 - 1960)
* Mr. G.S. Ellis (1961 - 1968)
* Mr. G.R. McRae Williamson (1969)
* Mr. G. Hayter (1970 - 1971)
* Mr. J.E. Clark (1972 - 1985)
* Mr. P.D.A. Bryce (1985 - 1996)
* Ms. Bronwyn Valente (1997 - 2005)
* Mr. Robert Newton (2005 - )


The University High School caters for approximately 1,200 students, most of whom reside in the local area. A proportion of the school's enrolment comes from further afield, either to participate in special programs like music, the Acceleration Program or as a result of sibling claims. The population is socio-economically, culturally and ethnically diverse and claims a commitment to tolerance and to this diversity.

chool structure

The school is structured within a 7 to 10 vertical sub-school framework and a VCE sub-school, consisting of Years 11 and 12. This vertical structure does not extend to the delivery of curriculum which is based on a horizontal year level program.

Years 7 to 10 have three sub-schools, Brookes (Red), Sharman (Blue) and Chapman (Green), named after previous Principals of the school. Students in Year 7 enter a sub-school and stay with this cohort for their management and pastoral care until year 10. Each of these units has a Head of sub-school and three sub-school Co-ordinators, to look after approximately 250 students. The Sharman sub-school was named after Mr Matthew Stanton Sharman, the Brookes sub-school is named after Mr L. R. Brookes, and the Chapman sub-school is named after Mr R.E. Chapman.


The Bryce sub-school is named after Mr P.D.A. Bryce, and consists of over 450 VCE students in years 11 & 12. The Head of the Bryce VCE sub-school works with a team of seven sub-school Co-ordinators and with the Work Education Co-ordinator. The sub-school's colour is yellow.



Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) is the state standard curriculum framework for students in Year 7 to Year 10 at the school. The School provides sequential curriculum across the eight Key Learning Areas as listed :

*The Arts
*Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
*Technology Studies
*Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE)
*Health, Sport and Physical Education

Victorian Certificate of Education

The school offers classes to gain Victorian Certificate of Education credentials once students commence Year 10 until they finish Year 12. The school offers a variety of VCE subjects including a number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects as follows [cite web|url =|title = Any Studies Being Offered By A School |accessdate = 2008-07-17 |publisher = VCAA] :

*Business (VCE VET)
*Business Management
*Classical Societies and Cultures
*Clothing Products (VCE VET)
*Community Recreation (VCE VET)
*Community Services Work (VCE VET)
*Cultural Recreation Entertainment (VFE)
*Design and Technology
*Engineering Studies (VCE VET)
*English (ESL)
*English Language
*Furnishing (VCE VET)
*Further Mathematics
*General Mathematics
*Health and Human Development
*History: 20th Century (1900-1945)
*History: 20th Century (Since 1945)

*History: Revolutions
*Hospitality - Operations (VCE VET)
*Information Technology
*Information Technology (VCE VET)
*International Politics
*International Studies
*Legal Studies
*Mathematical Methods (CAS)
*Multimedia (VCE VET)
*Music (VCE VET)
*Music Industry (VCE VET)
*Music Industry - Tech Prod (VCE VET)
*Music Performance
*Music Solo performance
*Music Styles
*National Politics
*Physical Education
*Specialist Mathematics
*Studio Arts
*Visual Communication and Design
*Wholesale Retail Personal Services (VFE)

Acceleration Program

University High School has a scheme for willing, academically able students which allows them to potentially complete their high schooling in 5 years. The curriculum of years 7-10 is completed in 3 years, which approximately corresponds to one year's worth of curriculum completed every 3 terms. In reality, different subjects are accelerated different amounts. In particular, almost all students complete the pre-VCE Mathematics curriculum in the first two years (normally completed in four). AP students are also the only students to take three years of Latin. For simplicity, they are considered to have done years 7, 9 and 10. After their third year at UHS, they graduate into VCE and complete years 11 and 12 as part of the main stream. To partake in this program, a student must undertake a test in their final year of primary schooling (usually grade 6). The sub-school chosen to house the accelerated students is rotated each year between Chapman, Sharman, and Brookes; once VCE is reached all students are housed into Bryce. Acceleration program students are better known as 'the Taskies', as the program was formerly called the 'Task Force Program'. From 2006, the school began to take on two acceleration classes per year.

Co-Curricular Activities


The school annually produces school musicals. Each musical usually begins in August of each year. The school chooses from a variety of musicals, as shown below.

*2008: Oliver!
*2007: Jesus Christ Superstar
*2006: Les Misérables
*2005: Hello, Dolly!
*2004: Fiddler on the Roof
*2003: Hot Mikado
*2002: The Pajama Game


The University High School is divided into 10 sectors: West, North, South, East, Music, Hall, Gymnasium, Quadrangle, Oval, and GTAC.

The North building was constructed in 1930 during the Great Depression. Because of this, no additional facilities were constructed and therefore assemblies were held in other venues. The north building has four levels, and contains the rooms numbered 108 through 401.

The South Building is the next largest building containing the Library and VCE centre. The East Building is primarily used for Art and Technology classes and is the third largest of the four buildings. The West Wing is the smallest of the buildings, but is conjoined with the Music Wing. The Music Wing was developed, planned, constructed and funded by ex-students and ex-teachers, including Mrs. Stella Langford and Mr. J. Economo.

Early in 2004, a new Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) was opened for use by staff and students from across the state. This allows students from throughout Victoria to have direct exposure to cutting edge research in the genetics field.

An extension of the canteen was completed in the last quarter of 2006 which connected it with the Sharman Hall.

A fourth level extension to the South Wing was completed early in 2007 and was named the VCE Study Centre. The extension was made for VCE students. It has classrooms specifically for VCE students and the Bryce Sub-school Offices are located in the centre.

The Music Wing will undergo further extensions and redesign in 2008.

Victoria School of Languages

The University High School is one of a number of schools that facilitate the Victorian School of Languages on weekends.

Notable alumni

* Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, (Biology and Physiology)
* Sarah Boyd, (Bioinformatics)
* Professor Suzanne Cory, (Medical Biology)
* Professor Ruth Curtain, (Mathematics)
* Professor H. A. J. Ford, (Law)
* Professor Samuel Goldberg, (English)
* Emeritus Professor Norman Greenwood, (Chemistry)
* Professor Frank Oberklaid OAM, (Paediatrics)
* Melissa Raine, (Medieval History)
* Dean A. T. S. Sissons, (Chemistry)
* Professor Gillian Triggs, (Law)
* Professor Geoffrey Watson, (Statistics)

* Richard Pratt, businessman

;Media, entertainment and the arts
* Graeme Blundell, actor & writer
* Peter Faiman, producer & director
* Max Fairchild, actor
* Warwick Holt, television writer
* Garrie Hutchinson, writer & editor
* Sam Lipski AM, journalist
* Louis Macklin, keyboard & percussionist in rock band, 67 Special
* Molly McCaffrey, actress
* Olivia Newton-John, actor & singer
* Eric Phillips, composer & musician
* Ruby Rose, current MTV Australia VJ
* Hristijan Spirovski, singer & pianist
* Noah Taylor, actor
* Judah Waten, author
* David Williamson, playwright
* Sweeney Young, actor

* Clifford William King Sadlier VC, winner of the Victoria Cross

;Politics and the law
* Jean Baker OAM, former mayor of Heidelberg, Victoria
* Helen Buckingham, current member of the Victorian Legislative Council
* Ivan Deveson, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne
* Dorothy Goble, former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
* Joan Kirner, first female Premier of Victoria
* Major General Herbert William Lloyd, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
* John So, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
* David White, Victorian Minister of State
* Ralph Willis, former Australian Federal Treasurer
* Neil Brown, Q.C., former MHR for Diamond Valley and Federal Minister

* James Murray, astronomer at NASA
* David Oblerklaid, (Medicine)

* Judy Amoore, Olympic medallist
* Allen Aylett, former chairman of the VFL
* Harry Beitzel, VFL field umpire
* Fraser Brown, AFL footballer
* Peter Carey, former AFL umpire
* Harry Caspar, AFL footballer
* John Coleman, AFL footballer
* Adrian Gallagher, AFL footballer
* Aaron Henneman, AFL footballer
* Corey Jones, AFL footballer
* Ray Johnston, North Melbourne Football Club footballer
* Arthur Karanicolas, North Melbourne Football Club footballer
* Bob Keddie, AFL footballer
* James Kelly, AFL footballer
* Pam Kilborn, Olympic medallist
* Michael Klim, Olympic medallist
* Jason McCartney, AFL footballer
* Viv Peterson, North Melbourne Football Club footballer
* Ben Reid, AFL footballer
* Ian Robinson (AFL umpire)
* Greg Sewell, AFL footballer, President of Essendon Football Club
* Shannon Watt, AFL footballer


note_label|a|a|none Who's Who of girls' school rankings: 1.PLC Melbourne, 2.SCEGGS Darlinghurst, 3.MLC Melbourne, 4.PLC Sydney, 5.Melbourne Girls Grammar School, 6.Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, 7.North Sydney Girls High School, 8.Sydney Girls High School, 9.MLC Sydney, 10.University High School, Melbourne


ee also

*List of schools in Victoria
*List of high schools in Victoria
*List of schools in Victoria, Australia according to 2005 VCE results
*List of Victoria Crosses by School

External links

* [ University High School website]

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