Killara High School was established in 1968 and occupied the Koola Avenue site in 1970.
The school acknowledges and celebrates it's heritage in Public Education through it's links with the former North Sydney Technical High School (and their predecessor schools) from which came Killara High School’s founding Principal, Mr T.E. Hornibrook and the first collection of the Lion Library. [Excerpt from Killara High School Information Booklet 2003]
Our school mottois:“CONSERVA : PROGREDERE” which is derived from:
‘Preserve that we may develop Continue that we may advance Maintain that we may progress.’
Our school badge consists of a castle indicating a ‘storehouse of knowledge’ and the name, ‘Killara’, which means ‘permanent place.’
A message from Killara High School's first Principal:
“Our School has opened with an enrolment of 480 pupils in three forms and fourteen classes. The appreciation shown by the children of the modern buildings and pleasant grounds is a firm foundation on which they will now create a prestige school based on their enthusiasm, their academic ability and the commendable send of community responsibility.
The School Council recently elected by the pupils is now discussing, among other matters of school government, the selection of a badge and motto…..
I am confident that this – the first message I am privileged to write for the school journal – will be the precursor of many, each expressing more pleasure in the achievements and progress of our Killara High School.”
T.E. HORNIBROOK. Principal [Source: The Killara High School News, April 1970. Published by the Killara High Parents & Citizens’ Association.]
A brief chronological history of Killara High School (KHS) : 1968-1974: 1968:
Construction of KHS began in 1968. A decision to build the school was made in the late 1950s.
KHS began with an intake of three classes of first formers [Year 7]. First formers boarded at a local high school – Turramurra HS - for two years, while the KHS was being built in Koola Avenue.
Another four classes were enrolled.
It was decided that the entire collection of the library at North Sydney Technical High School, which had a lion as a main motif, and which closed in 1969, was to be donated to the new KHS. There were approximately 11,000 books. The original site of the KHS library was the present Staff Common Room (in A Block), and memorial gates and a bronze plaque was erected to acknowledge the gift and its origins. A Presentation Ceremony was conducted on the 7th November, 1970.
The first Principal of KHS was Mr T. Hornibrook.
KHS opened with an enrolment of 480 students in three forms and fourteen classes.
Blocks A, B and C were occupied.
Quite a few of the first teachers came from North Sydney Technical High School which was closed because of a drop in population in the North Sydney area.
KHS presented its first candidates for the School Certificate.
The second Principal of KHS was Mrs B. Bowen.
Block D was added.
KHS presented its first candidates for the High School Certificate.
Block E was added.
Killara High School students 'boarded' at Turramurra High School during 1968 and 1970:
Killara High School students boarded at Turramurra High School in 1968 and 1969 while our school was being built.
Below is an extract from Turramurra High School’s First Annual Speech Night program in 1968, which shows that academic awards for Killara High School students were presented separately from those students from Turramurra High School.
The beginnings of Killara High School ~ a brief history:
The construction of Killara High started in 1968, and the decision to build the school was taken because at the time the population growth in the area was increasingly rapidly.
On the western side of the area there was to be Gordon West High; to the south was Chatswood High, and to the north, St. Ives and Turramurra High schools. These schools could contain the population growth.
The original site for the proposed school was at East Lindfield (and the end of Wellington Road), but the land was too steep for the construction envisaged.
A decision to build the school was made in the late 1950’s.
During the years 1968 and 1969 the first Killara students were boarded at Turramurra High School, and in 1970 Killara High School was opened to students (Blocks A, B and C).
The first principal was Mr T.E. Hornibrook, who had been principal of North Sydney Technical High School (NSTHS).
NSTHS was closed because of a drop in population in the North Sydney area.
Quite a few of the teachers at the new Killara High School also came from that school.
Blocks D and E were added in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
The land on which Killara High is built is approximately 3.7882 hectares, or between 8 ½ and 9 acres.
It is hoped that another block may be built in the near future, as the school is in desperate need of an Assembly Hall and larger library.
Plans for an Assembly Hall were made in the early 70’s; it was to have been put where the car park is not, but a shortage of funds postponed its erection to a future date.
The original site was to above the Ecology Area, below the main assembly area.” [Source: The Green Years [Killara High School's Yearbook], 1978
The Killara High School song:
“In our hearts we’ll always cherish The school of our young days Looking proudly o’er the valley With its slopes of greens and greys We will ne’er forget our motto Conserva progredere Preserve that we may progress In our work, and hopes and play.
Killara! Killara! School we proudly claim, We will always remember to bring honour to your name.
The time will come to leave The shelter of your walls, But the lessons you have taught us, Will be there what e’er befalls. So let’s sing about Killara And days of green and gold, And friends and joys of school days In our mem’ries Ever hold.
Killara Killara School we proudly claim, We will always remember to bring honour to your name.
[Music by L.I. Strait; Words by Mrs B. Davy]
Killara ~ a short history
'...a garden suburb."
"Killara, and Aboriginal word meaning ‘permanent’, or ‘always there’, was the name given by James George Edwards to the suburb that developed around the railway station opened in 1899, between Lindfield and Gordon.
It is therefore entirely a creation of the 20th century.
Above: James George Edwards Fourteen kilometres from Sydney, 365 feet (110 metres) above sea level and with a name that symbolises a feeling of permanence, Killara is often described as ‘a lush haven’, a quiet retreat', and area of ‘solid respectability’.
It stretches between the Lane Cove River and Middle Harbour Creek; its northern boundary used to run from Essex Street across the highway and along Greengate Road (though this has since been extended north by several streets on the eastern side of the artery), and its southern boundaries are Fiddens Wharf Road and Treatts Road.
We have to thank Edwards for Killara. For it was he who had he tenacity, the courage and the financial means to create a garden suburb, with large allotments, little commercial development and no industrial sites at all.
He is justifiably called the Father of Killara. Despite inevitable changes in the 20th Century, Killara retains its air of respectability and homeliness.
Source: Focus on Ku-ring-gai: the story of Ku-ring-gai’s growth and development. Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, Inc. 1996
The inscription reads: JAMES GEORGE EDWARDS The Father of Killara Educator, historian, alderman and man of vision. He was influential in establishing the north shore railway line, the first post office, churches, the golf, tennis and bowling clubs and Killara Park.
The Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and grateful residents have placed this plaque to record recognition of his achievements 2002 AD
Compiled by Francie Campbell, Teacher-Librarian Killara High School