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Keira High School

Keira High School

Coordinates34°24′21″S 150°53′16″E / 34.40583°S 150.88778°E / -34.40583; 150.88778
Former names
  • Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School
  • Wollongong Technical College
  • Keira Boys' High School
  • Wollongong Secondary Technical School
  • Keira High School
  • Keira Technology High School
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoLatin: Excelsior
(Reaching Higher)
Established1917; 107 years ago (1917)
(as Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School)
School districtIllawarra
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
PrincipalScott Frazier
Teaching staff68.7 FTE (2018)[1]
Enrolment899[1] (2018)
Colour(s)Light blue, navy blue and white    
SloganGreat traditions, a confident future

Keira High School (abbreviated as KHS) is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Lysaght Street, North Wollongong, in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1917 as the Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School at a different location, the school enrolled approximately 900 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom five percent identified as Indigenous Australians and forty percent were from a language background other than English.[1] The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education.


Keira High School was formed through the amalgamation of Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School (1917–1945) and Wollongong Technical College (1945–1954), and Keira Boys' High School (1954–1984). The school then became known as Keira Boys High School, operating from the Lysaght Street site. At some point between 1954 and 1960, the school was briefly named as Wollongong Secondary Technical School; before reverting to Keira Boys' High School in 1960, and remained as such until 1984.[2][3] Since that time the school has pioneered the integration of technology and design into the curriculum.[4]

Since its establishment in 1917, the school has had a variety of names:[5]

  • Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School (1917–1945)
  • Wollongong Technical College (1945–1954)
  • Keira Boys High School (1954–1984)
  • Keira High School (1985–1990)
  • Keira Technology High School (1990–2005)
  • Keira High School (2005–present)


Keira High School offers a wide range of subjects including Japanese and Japanese Cultural Understanding.

The KHS campus is located in the heart of Wollongong's education district. It is bordered on the west by the TAFE-Illawarra Institute, on the east by Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, and is a three-minute walk from the University of Wollongong.

Student activities and achievements include:

  • An inter-school Christian Fellowship was active during the 1960s
  • An Interact Club was formed in 1967
  • In 1967 the then principal, Jack Johnstone, introduced inter-school debating

Notable students

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Keira High School, Fairy Meadow, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "A Brief Chronology of Keira High". Keira High School. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "History". Kiera High School. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Advertorial: Keira High School: An education success story". Illawarra Mercury. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ "History of Wollongong". Keira High School's History. n.d. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Kalervo Kummola" (in Finnish and Swedish). Parliament of Finland. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Cronulla Water Polo". Cronulla Water Polo.
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