Scottsdale High School - History of the School
The need for a high school in the district
was pressing by 1920. Few of the senior scholars from north east Tasmania could
afford to travel by train to Launceston, which in those days was forty miles away. Board was expensive and difficult to
obtain. Alexander Coplestone offered to donate four acres of land behind the recreation ground for a high school.
The Premier, J. B. Hayes, a resident of Scottsdale, accepted the offer and had the
school built - initially an office and three classrooms in red brick for the
twenty scholars who qualified for secondary education. Scottsdale High School was established in 1922.
Mr W.C.(Carl) Morris was appointed as the first headmaster.
The opening of high school classes was an exciting
step since there were only high schools in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport,
and Huonville at the time. Forty-seven scholars were ready to begin the new year
The original school motto was, "Prorsum et Semper
Honeste," which is Latin for 'Straightforward and Always Honest.' However, in
the 1990's the motto was changed to a more contemporary sentiment," Be Your Best."
In 2013, this was reviewed and the motto is now, "Think Positive, Be
School uniform was different to the
variations possible within the school uniform today. There was an
optional school hat that students could choose to wear.
First students to attend Scottsdale High
Click on the links below for past Executives
on the Student Representative Council , past Duces and winners of the L.V. Jacques
and Parents and Friends Awards and Sports Champions (1970 onwards).
Awards: L.V. Jacques, Dux, Parents
& Friends and Past S.R.C.
| Past Sporting Champions
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