Cairns State High notches 100 years with special guests
CAIRNS State High School has made it into the history books, clocking up 100 years of education.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk kicked off the school’s two-day centenary celebrations yesterday.
Speaking to about 400 students, staff and guests, Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged the school’s proud history, including its involvement in the a llied war effort in 1942, when the school’s oval became an American camp.
She also opened the new MacKenzie Walk tribute, which is named after former principal Bernie MacKenzie, and unveiled two new plaques to mark the 100-year milestone and completion of the $6.1 million junior secondary building.
“Cairns State High School has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1917,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This is a day that I don’t think many people will forget.
“The centenary is something that everyone should be incredibly proud of because it’s part of Cairns’ history.”
Cairns State High School marked the centenary holding a “Back to Cairns High” open day yesterday, where past stu- dents and members of the school community toured the campusl. A gala event will be held at the school tonight.
Executive Principal Chris Zilm said over the past 100 years Cairns High had evolved and transformed into a highly sought-after, internationally accredited, independent public school.
“Since 1917 this great school has seen much change and has had many inspirational teachers and talented students walk through its hallways and into and out of its classrooms,” he said.
“Cairns State High School has played such a pivotal role in the city’s history, developing as the city has grown into a school of first choice in the community.”
Marketing officer Clare Macpherson said past students had travelled from across the country and internationally to join the celebrations. A memorabilia book, Cairns High: The first 100 years 1917-2017, put together by Peter Stanton is available at www.cairnshighpac.com.au
BIG EVENT: Cairns State High Centenary Ambassador David Hudson, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, former student Edna Taylor and Cairns State High Principal Christopher Zilm. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE
MILESTONE: Past students Margaret Williams and Cynthia Carson (right) with Year 11 student Morgan Elliston. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE