On Saturday 23 July 2011, State High celebrated its 90th Anniversary in the school grounds. The school opened its doors to over 3,000 current and past students, their families, past teachers and friends of State High.
Upper Campus faculties displayed exciting exhibits including a Science magic show and dissections, Japanese dancing, Humanities exhibits, and Technology tours. The Lower Campus hosted an Art Show, Drama and performances by school ensembles. The canteen, Music Sub-Committee and Languages faculty kept everyone fed with a barbecue, delicious cakes and French pastries.
On the oval, the Upper School welcomed Anglican Church Grammar School in the regular GPS First XI Football and First XV Rugby competitions. Around ‘The Cauldron’, as it was once known, school terraces and the verandas of E Block were packed with supporters, reminiscent of the heady days of the 1970s. During the football games, the Executive Principal, Mr Wade Haynes, was host to past football and rugby coaches and many special guests including the P&C Executive, local Brisbane City Councillor, Helen Abrahams, and State High Legend, Robin Gibson.
In the evening, the school, the P&C and Past Students’ Association hosted the 90th Anniversary Dinner on the F Block terrace, overlooking the floodlit oval with a backdrop of the city lights.
Past student, Amanda Newbery, was Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The speeches from past students, former Head of Treasury, Sir Leo Hielscher, and former Australian wicket keeper and current Channel 9 sports commentator, Ian Healy, were well received. Special guests also included a member of the Inaugural State High Legends, Olympic Gold Medallist, Norma Crocker-Fleming. The lighting and excellent food added to an exhilarating evening that culminated in 250 guests singing a rousing rendition of The School Song.
2001 marked our 80th anniversary.
School Captains, Rozanne Botha and Jared Eisemann, conducted a whole school assembly at South Bank Piazza to commemorate this event. Mr David Sutton, the ninth Principal of Brisbane State High School, addressed the assembly.
Keynote speaker, Mr Drew Hutton, an historian and a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), spoke about the history of the local area.
He dedicated his address to Mr Paul Morgan, who was the School Captain of State High in 1964 when Mr Hutton was Captain at Brisbane Grammar School.
The student narrators, Natasha Nicholls, Martin Tozer and Matthew Okine, provided the assembly with a BSHS perspective in a world context—detailing world events in each era.
Music from each decade was performed by the BSHS Symphonic Band, Big Band, Rock Band and Choir.
Past student representatives from each era spoke about their memories of life at State High. The 1950s to 1990s were recollected by teachers who were past students. Seventeen staff members in attendance were past students.