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Warilla High School

Warilla High School

Coordinates34°33′53″S 150°51′27″E / 34.56472°S 150.85750°E / -34.56472; 150.85750
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoStudent Centred, Outcomes Driven.
Established1965; 59 years ago (1965)[1]
School districtWollongong
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
PrincipalMichell Brooks
Teaching staff91.1 FTE (2018)[2]
Enrolment1,255[2] (2018)
Colour(s)White and blue

Warilla High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Barrack Heights, a suburb of the City of Shellharbour, in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.[3]

Established in 1965, the school caters for approximately 1,250 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom eight percent identified as Indigenous Australians and 16 percent were from a language background other than English.[2] The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education.


The school is located in the suburb of Barrack Heights and there were suggestions of renaming the school to reflect the change in primary feeder schools (Flinders Public School, Warilla Public School, Shellharbour Public School, and Barrack Heights Public School). In early to late 2009 Warilla High underwent a major reconstruction with the funding of six new Science Labs. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

As of 2010 Warilla High School had an enrolment of over 1,200 students making it one of the largest high schools in the region.[4]


The following individuals has served as principal of Warilla High School.

Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Gordon Dunbar Brown 1966 1972 5–6 years [5]
2 William John Leyshon 1973 1978 4–5 years
3 Maxwel Matthew Weir Cooper 1979 1983 3–4 years
4 Desmond John Murphy 1984 1990 5–6 years
5 Alan John Petersen 1991 2003 11–12 years
6 John Hambly 2004 2008 3–4 years
7 Glen Isemonger 2009 2011 1–2 years
8 Jeff Jacobs 2012 2012 0 years
9 John Hambly 2012 2020 11–12 years

See also


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2018". Warilla High School. New South Wales Department of Education. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Warilla High School, Barrack Heights, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Pearson, Andrew (8 July 2015). "School refusal a 'one-finger salute' to electorate: Watson". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ "High Schools – Shellharbour Kids". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. ^ "About our school". Warilla High School. New South Wales Department of Education. n.d. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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