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James Fallon High School

James Fallon High School
400 Fallon Street, North Albury, New South Wales

Coordinates36°3′44″S 146°56′6″E / 36.06222°S 146.93500°E / -36.06222; 146.93500
Former nameAlbury North High School (1961–1996)
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoTogether We Succeed
EstablishedJanuary 1961; 63 years ago (1961-01)
(as Albury North High School)
School districtRiverina
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
PrincipalJennifer Parrett[1]
Teaching staff62.4 FTE (2018)[2]
Enrolment733[2] (2018)
Campus typeRegional
Colour(s)Navy blue and maroon

James Fallon High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in North Albury, a city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1961 as Albury North High School, the school enrolled approximately 730 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom 15 percent identified as Indigenous Australians and seven percent were from a language background other than English.[2] The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education; the principal is Jennifer Parrett.


The establishment of the school resulted from a realisation (originally in 1954) that the town of Albury would need a second high school. It was established to serve the educational needs of the rapidly developing North Albury and Lavington area, and its original name was Albury North High School. It was first opened in 1961, receiving a student intake of 150 students in January (housed in the town's other high school) and moving into its own first new buildings in June of that year.[4]

There was a fire in B Block in 1973. In 1982 an Aboriginal Liaison Officer was appointed. This is believed to be the first such appointment in a NSW school. Visual Arts Head Teacher John Skillington designed the Centenary of Federation Medallion.[5] The school has participated in 126 Rock Eisteddfod Challenges; participating in the Premier Division for the past 7 years.[clarification needed]

Name change

The name of the school was changed in 1996 to James Fallon High School. Further, the motto became "excellence in diversity".

James Fallon (1823–1886) was an Irish-born businessman (son of a farmer in Athlone, Ireland) who arrived in Sydney in 1841 and moved to Albury in 1854 to open a general store. He rose to great prominence in the town, and served (from 1859) as its first mayor. He also became a successful vineyard owner and wine merchant.[4][6]


The school currently has a hall, a dance hall, seven school teaching blocks, two large ovals and a multi-sports complex.

Notable alumni

  • Dominic Thornely – cricket player; represented the New South Wales Blues
  • Ethan Hailey – Snow Skiing; represented Australia at Hakuba

See also


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2017" (PDF). James Fallon High School. New South Wales Department of Education. 10 April 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "James Fallon High School, North Albury, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ "2009 James Fallon HS Annual School Report 2009" (PDF). NSW DET. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Brief history". James Fallon High School. New South Wales Department of Education. n.d. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Centenary Medallions" (Press release). Royal Australian Mint. 8 May 2001. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009.
  6. ^ Driscoll, W. P. (1972). "Fallon, James Thomas (1823–1886)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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