The school song was written by Mr Jenks (nicknamed Jumbo Jenks), an art teacher who used to accompany the girls' chorus.
In 1931, the musical 'The White Horse Inn' played at His Majesty's Theatre (now known as Her Majesty's). The 'Goodbye to the White Horse Inn' song must have inspired Mr Jenks to write the words—the tune was already there.
Listen to the school song Goodbye to the White Horse Inn (MP3, 1.7 MB).
We sing the high schoolthe good old High!The School that’s your School and my Schoolthe dear old Brisbane State High, high!For the school that we love is the High School.
And we’ll rememberour old High Schoolas years roll on we’ll rememberand thoughts of pride shall ne’er grow coolfor the Brisbane State High School.
State High, State High,with might and main we’ll try,to write your name in a text of flame,on the scroll of fame.
With pride and joy let every girl and boyin chorus viewith a gladsome cryfor the old State High.
Where in classroom working, no one shirkingall must do their share,in toil for the school that they love;or in games competing, bravely meetingloss without despair,in play for the school that they love.
So here’s to you,old school so brave and true,whose name and fameare the boast and claimof the Blue-Red-Blue.
State High, State High!Long live the sturdy old State High! (repeat)
Shhhhhhhhh . . .Wooo . . . High school, war cry, 1, 2, 3!
High high,High, high, high,Oompa oompa Ya ya ya,Rik rik rik-a-tik, High, high, highPilly willy wing, ping pong ti grooHigh school, high school,Blue, red, blue!
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