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Leeton High School

Leeton High School
Leeton High School, pictured in 2012

Coordinates34°32′50″S 146°24′19″E / 34.5472°S 146.4052°E / -34.5472; 146.4052
Former nameLeeton District School
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoLatin: Qui Non Proficit, Deficit[1]
(Those who do not profit [by what we offer], lose)
Established1926; 98 years ago (1926)
(as Leeton District School)
School districtNarrandera; Rural South and West
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
PrincipalMeagan Crelley
Teaching staff42.9 FTE (2018)[2]
Enrolment465[2] (2018)
Colour(s)Black, white, grey

Leeton High School (abbreviated as LHS) is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Leeton in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1926 as Leeton's first high school and is now one of three public secondary schools serving the Leeton Shire, the school enrolled approximately 470 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom 13 percent identified as Indigenous Australians and nine percent were from a language background other than English.[2] The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education; the principal is Meagan Crelley.[4]


The "Old school building", pictured in 1927

The school was established on 18 September 1926 as Leeton District School by the Minister for Education, Thomas Mutch.[5][6][7][8]

Raised to the status of Intermediate High School from 1 January 1928, the school was upgraded to a fully comprehensive high school in January 1947.[9][10]

Significant events

In May 2005, the school was devastated by fire that destroyed the science block.[11] A new state-of-the-art block was opened ahead of schedule in February 2006. In 2007, parts of the school were again devastated by fires.[12] Later in 2007, the school was again devastated by fires, this time destroying the English wing.[13] Work on rebuilding that wing finished in November 2009. There is currently no evidence or official statements to prove if it was arson.

On 5 April 2015, English and drama teacher Stephanie Scott was raped and murdered on the school grounds by janitor Vincent Stanford.[14] Stanford was later convicted of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.[15] An amphitheatre was later built in the school as a memorial to her death.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "SCHOOL NOTES". The Murrumbidgee Irrigator. Vol. XX, no. 25. New South Wales, Australia. 29 March 1935. p. 1. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ a b c "Leeton High School, Leeton, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Leeton High School. New South Wales Department of Education. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Leeton High School Staff Directory". Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ "LEETON'S NEW SCHOOL". The Murrumbidgee Irrigator. Vol. XII, no. 1. New South Wales, Australia. 5 January 1926. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "LEETON DISTRICT SCHOOL". The Sydney Morning Herald. No. 27, 499. New South Wales, Australia. 23 February 1926. p. 10. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "LEETON'S NEW SCHOOL". The Murrumbidgee Irrigator. Vol. XI, no. 72. New South Wales, Australia. 14 September 1926. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "LEETON". The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express. New South Wales, Australia. 24 September 1926. p. 28. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "LEETON INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL". The Murrumbidgee Irrigator. Vol. XII, no. 99. New South Wales, Australia. 20 December 1927. p. 2. Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Leeton High - Cooper". History of New South Wales government schools. NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Leeton school blaze under investigation". ABC News. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  12. ^ McDougall, Bruce. "Public schools forced to pay millions for security guards". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  13. ^ "High school fires likely to cause class disruption". ABC News. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  14. ^ "School cleaner Vincent Stanford watched teacher Stephanie Scott at work before killing her". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Family of murdered teacher Stephanie Scott sues NSW government". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Tributes for Stephanie Scott one year on". Yahoo 7 News. Retrieved 19 October 2018.

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