150 years: Highton Primary School

Learn about the history of Highton Primary School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

218 Roslyn Road, Highton, 3216
24 April 1854
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Other names:
Highton School, Highton State School

The history of Highton Primary School

  • 1854

    Highton was opened by the Church of England in 1854. The first head teacher was William Creeny and 55 students were enrolled. 

  • 1874

    Highton remained a non-vested Capitation School up until 1874. 

  • 1875

    The school became a state school in 1875.

    The Department of Education leased the school building until a new one could be built. The new school was located on Roslyn Road, where it still is today. 

  • 1880

     An unused school building from Gnarwarre was moved to Highton to be used as the teacher's residence. A one room extension was added. 

  • 1887

    Another two rooms were added to the teacher's residence. 

  • 1890

    A new brick classroom opened in 1890. 

  • 1941

    A Young Farmers' Club was formed in 1941. 

  • 1958

    The Young Farmer's Club stopped in 1958. 

  • 1968

    There were 319 students enrolled in 1968. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Highton Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Highton Primary School is still in operation.

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