Fort Street High School

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Fort Street High School

Fort Street High School is a coeducational, selective high school, currently located in Petersham, Sydney. Established in 1849, it is renowned for being the oldest government school in Australia, and for the achievements of its graduates. The school, being selective, draws students from across metropolitan Sydney and across the multicultural spectrum. The school's motto is "Faber est suae quisque fortunae" (Latin: "Every man is the maker of his own fortune").

The New South Wales government of the day established a model school at the old military barracks on Observatory Hill; this school was not only intended to educate boys and girls, but also to serve as a model for other schools in the colony. The school's name is derived from the name of a street which ran into the grounds of the hospital and became part of the playground during its reconstruction.

In 1916, the school split into Fort Street Boys' High and Fort Street Girls' High, with the former moving to the school's present site. The Girls' school remained at Observatory Hill until 1975, when the two schools were amalgamated to form the current co-educational school at Petersham.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Fort Street High School include:

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