Dandenong High School
Dandenong High School, a co-educational secondary school in Melbourne, Victoria is located. It is open to students in Years 7-12. It is the oldest public or private school in Melbourne’s outer East. The Dandenong site, located on the Princes Highway’s northern side, houses 1400 students. Because it is heritage listed, the Administration Building’s historic façade will be preserved and will continue to be a landmark in Dandenong.
Cleeland Secondary College and Dandenong High School merged to form the new Dandenong High School as part of the federal government’s Building the Education Revolution program. The school employs 1785 students and has 165 teachers, as well as 54 non-teaching staff.
Officially, Dandenong High School opened on March 10, 1919. The pneumonic influenza epidemic that occurred at the end the First World War delayed the school’s opening. At that time, the school was only accessible to 104 students. Temporarily, the Temperance Hall senior student and Old Fire Station junior students shared the school. The foundation stone for the Administration Building (A Block), was laid 21 November 1919. Officially, it opened in 1920. There were 150 students in 1920. 60 of them came from Garfield, Garfield and Bunyip areas. Percival Charles Langford was a former student. He was the first Headmaster at Dandenong High School. He was a former student of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, and the First Australian Imperial Force. He was an active participant in the Sinai Campaign as well as France. Due to typhoid, he was not eligible to join the Army in September 1916. He was recruited by the Army. Langford was employed at the school from 1934 to 1934. Langford then moved to Mildura, in 1934, and Frankston, in 1937. Langford worked there until his retirement in 1948.
The school’s colors are Langford’s Regiment’s Regiment’s colours and the 4th Light Horse colors. Both are red and both have two shades of blue. D. McKinnon, the school’s art director, designed the school’s crest. There were six houses in 1920 – Bluegum Clematis Orchid Wattle, Boronia, and Wattle. After Boronia and Waratah vanished, this number fell to just four. Dora Taylor, senior mistress, chose the names and colors for the houses. Seven new houses were built as a result of the school’s rehabilitation. These include Banksia (Eucalyptus), Hakea Darwinia, Eucalyptus and Fern. All of them are named after Australian flora.
2009 marked the 90th Anniversary of Dandenong High School. In 2010, the Administration Building was renamed Langford Building. A plaque was added to the front in honor of the first Headmaster.
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