A Western Australian public school that educated a Governor General, a leading Australian cricketer, Olympic athletes and a Supreme Court judge celebrates its
70th anniversary today.
Kent Street Senior High School, the oldest metropolitan public high school on the southern side of the Swan River, opened its doors in 1940.
Education Minister Liz Constable said the school was famous for educating some of Australia’s high achievers.
“Some past students who went on to become household names include former Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery, model Rebecca Twigley, Olympic basketballer Andrew Vlahov, Olympic hockey vice-captain Shirley Davies and former Australian cricketer Rod Marsh,” Dr Constable said.
“Other past students include former Supreme Court judge Christine Wheeler, City of Belmont mayor Glenys Godfrey, Australian’s youngest elected city councillor Adam Vilaca and Sean Lord who became the world’s youngest pilot at just 19 and qualified to fly a Boeing 767.”
Speaking at the school’s 70th anniversary celebrations today, the Minister said the impressive list of former ‘Kentians’ highlighted the valuable contribution WA’s public education system makes to the nation.
“This school, along with all our public schools, helps to form generations of people who go on to stand tall within our communities,” she said.
“The Kent Street Senior High School motto is ‘courage’ and it is with this in mind that students are encouraged to achieve their best.”
The school was the first public high school on the southern side of the river in Perth.
These days an aviation studies program, run from a purpose-built aviation education centre, is among the unique opportunities offered at the school.
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