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Newcastle Boys High School was a selective high school located in Waratah—a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.


Newcastle Boys High School was established in 1929 when the Hill High School was split into two selective single-sex schools, the other being Newcastle Girls High School. Hill High School's campus was located on Newcastle Hill, at a site now occupied by Newcastle East Public School, and was referred to as "the School on the Hill". Newcastle Girls High School moved to a new campus in Hamilton, and Newcastle Boys High School moved to a new campus in Waratah in 1934, at which time Hill High School became Newcastle Junior Boys High School. Both Newcastle Boys and Newcastle Girls high schools carried on the traditions established by the original school, including use of the same motto and school colours.

Newcastle Boys High School became non-selective and co-educational in 1977 and changed its name to Waratah High School that same year. Later it became Waratah Technology High School then Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus.


The Headmasters of Newcastle Boys High School were:

  • 1930–31 Robert Frederick Harvey
  • 1932–34 Charles Herbert Christmas
  • 1935–44 Norman Ross Mearns
  • 1945–47 William Pillans
  • 1948–63 Frank Harold Beard
  • 1964–74 Leonard Thomas Richardson
  • 1975–76 Victor Huish Webber (relieving)

School song

Newcastle Boys High School continued to sing the Newcastle High School song: words by a member of staff, R. G. Henderson MA set to the tune of "D'ye ken John Peel?", chosen by competition announced in 1913 in the school journal, "Novocastrian". When the boys moved to the plain at the Waratah site, they no longer climbed up The Hill and the first verse was re-written in 1943 by Mr Hodge.

Science scholarships

The following Newcastle Boys' High School students won scholarships to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School:

Source: "Professor Harry Messel International Science School Science Alumni 1962–2007" (PDF). Foundation for Physics. The University of Sydney. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

Extra-curricular activities

The following Newcastle Boys' High School boys were awarded "Blues" by the New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association under the system which operated from 1957 to 1980:

Notable alumni

  • Back, Michael (1957–) BA Hons LLB Hons Syd; Freehills Brisbane managing partner
  • Barnes, Robert Winstanley (1942–) MA MLitt PhD SF Fin, biographer of John Hunter, management consultant and corporate governance specialist; CEO Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1999–2003), CEO Municipal Association of Victoria (1996–97), Executive Director, Australian Institute of Bankers (1983–96), Vice-President, Royal Historical Society of Victoria (1985–89)
  • Barrett, Reginald Ian (1944–) BA LLM Hons Syd, jurist; Judge, Supreme Court of New South Wales(2001–)
  • Beal, Robert William (1934–) AM RFD MB BS Syd MD Adel FRACP FRCPA FRACMA FAIM; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Flinders University(2008–); Director, South Australian Division, Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (1964–96), International Society of Blood Transfusion (councillor since 1981, Vice-President (1992–96), President (1998–2000)), Hon. Colonel RAAMC
  • Bentley, Charles Findlay (1921–86) adult educationist; Regional Secretary Workers' Educational Association of New South Wales (Hunter Region) (1956–65), chaired committee which led to foundation of The University of Newcastle.
  • Biggins, Jonathan Martin (1960–), entertainer, writer
  • Blackmore, Leigh,(1959 –), horror writer, critic, editor, musician
  • Blakemore, John Stewart (1939–) PhD Newcastle MSc Newcastle BSc UNSW Post Doc Australian School Nuclear Technology, Nomura School, FAIM FAICD FQSA FIEAust CEng (UK) CMC CPEng (Aust.), metallurgist and research scientist, management consultant; Top 10 Entrepreneur Engineer 2007, President, Manufacturing Society of Australia (ManSA), Adviser R&D Federal Government, International Nickel Research Fellow, CEO Blakemore Consulting International Sydney
  • Bourke, (Sid) Sidney Frederick (1940–) BSc UNSW BA MLitt UNE MEd Monash PhD La Trobe, school education academic; Professor in Education, University of Newcastle (1993–)
  • Brown, (Jack) Cecil John (1923–); Richmond shire councillor (1961–97) and mayor
  • Burrell, George Albert (1924–) BSc Newcastle ASTC, company executive and public servant; Chair, The Pipeline Authority (1985–92), HEMA (1979–82); General Manager, Comsteel (1977–85); Assistant General Manager, BHP (1974–76)
  • Busteed, Steven James (1961–65) BArch Uni Newcastle (1966–70); FAIPM; Architect & Project Manager; Councillor, Port Stephens Council (1987–2004), Mayor Port Stephens Council (1999–2003); Emeritus Mayor and Freeman of Port Stephens; City Architect, Newcastle City Council 1988–99; Served in 26 Squadron RAAF (Active Reserve) as Flight Lieutenant.
  • Caldwell, (Jack) John Archibald Wayne (1941–) BA DipEd UNSW MA Newcastle MEd Wales PhD Macquarie DipEdStudies UNE MACE, educator; education consultant, Hong Kong (2003–), Adjunct Associate Professor, Flinders University (2003–); Deputy President (Academic) Hong Kong Central College (2006–), Provost Hong Kong Institute of Continuing Education (2006–), Academic Director Hong Kong Communication Art Centre (2005–06), Director Utahloy English Language Centre Guangzhou China (2004–05), Associate Professor and Dean of Education University of Newcastle (Australia) (1991–93)
  • Cave, Peter (1952–), journalist; Current Affairs Foreign Editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Charlton, Peter Robert (1946–2007), journalist, soldier, military historian; National Affairs Editor, The Courier-Mail from 1996
  • Cooper, William Thomas (1934–2015) AO (1994), artist and ornithologist
  • Cousins, (Phil) Phillip Gilbert (1947–) OAM (2007) ElectricalTradeCert CertMineDep (Newcastle), community worker, surf life-saver, mines rescue leader; Venerable Order of Saint John (2004), Centenary Medal (2003), named Open Champion (First Aid) Surf Life Saving Australia (1994 and 1997), Gold Medallion NSW Mines Rescue Service (1993)
  • Croft, Julian Charles Basset (1941–) BA UNSW MA Newcastle, novelist and poet; Emeritus Professor of English, University of New England
  • Crozier, Howard Clement (1936–) OAM (2002) BA Hons DipEd UNE, teacher, education administrator, CSIRO manager, shire councillor, grazier
  • Dean, Roger Levinge (1913–98) CBE, MHR for Robertson 1949–64, Administrator of the Northern Territory 1964–70, diplomat
  • Douglas, Robert Matheson (1936–) AO MB BS Adel MD MA FRACP FRACGP FAFPHM, medical practitioner and academic; Chair, SEE-Change ACT; Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, Australian National University; Chair, Australia 21
  • Eddy, (Harry) William Henry Charles (1913–73) BA (1934) MA (1936) Syd DipEd (1938) Sydney Teachers' College, educationist, contemporary-affairs commentator, philosopher; longterm councillor Workers' Educational Association of New South Wales, author of Orr (1961) an in-depth analysis of Sydney Sparkes Orr's dismissal from the University of Tasmania, 20 year member of the editorial committee of the Current Affairs Bulletin, helped found the Newcastle Cultural Centre (Library, Art Gallery and Conservatorium of Music, the Temple Bookshop and the WEA Studio Theatre).
  • Fell, Christopher Joseph Dalzell (1940–) OAM (2003), BSc UNSW PhD Camb CPEng FTSE FIChemE HonFIEAust, Centenary Medal (2003), chemical engineer, academic; Emeritus Professor, The University of New South Wales
  • Fitzgerald, Donald (1932–) MA DipEd Lon PhD Illinois ASTC MAPS MACS, education and learning academic; Emeritus Professor University of New England; Professor Education Research and Education Psychology University of Alberta (1968–72) Director, Centre for Research on Information Technology in Education, UNE (1972–93)
  • Foreman, (Phil) Philip Jack (1942–) BA MLitt MEd Hons UNE PhD Macquarie FAPS MACE, Chair, New South Wales Institute of Teachers (2007–), Professor of Education, The University of Newcastle; Dean of Students The University of Newcastle (1998–2002)
  • Fry, Ronald Gordon (1916–) AO (1990) MBE (1978), National Director Metal Trades Industry Association Australia (1946–81), member, NSW Statutory and other Offices Remuneration Tribunal (1982–96), Chair Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (1990–96)
  • Gill, Michael John (1953–) journalist, publisher and media executive; Chief Executive, Fairfax Business Media, Fairfax Media Limited (2007–), Director UNICEF (1998–)
  • Gilmour, Gary John (1951–2014) (Baseball Blue 1967; Cricket Blue 1969), Australian cricketer
  • Gittins, Ross Roderick (1948–) AM (2008) BCom Newcastle (1970), author; Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald
  • Gosper, (Kevan) Richard Kevan, International Sports Administrator; Company Director
  • Harding, John Phillips, HonDMus Newcastle, violinist; Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2006–)
  • Jones, (Sam) Samuel Barry (1923–99) trade unionist, politician; Australian Labor Party member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Waratah (1965–84)
  • Knott, Allen Dixon, (dux, 1946), Rhodes scholar (1952)
  • Patrick McGorry, Psychiatrist, Academic, 2010 Australian of the Year.
  • Miles, Jeffrey, author, jurist; Chief Judge, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (1985–2002)
  • Morris, Arthur, Australian cricketer
  • Morris, Peter, Federal Minister; MHR (ALP) for Shortland 1972–98
  • Neat, Gary, (1948-) M Mgt. (BI) FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, Chevening Scholar (LSE). Journalist & Author. Foreign Correspondent ABC Indochina/SE Asia. CEO Liberal Party (Q). Senate Candidate & Federal Executive. National President – Australian Institute of Management.
  • Stewart, David Roy, (dux, 1939), Rhodes scholar (1947)
  • Tooth, (Dick) Richard Murray, Australian rugby union footballer, orthopaedic surgeon and sports science pioneer
  • Trevallion, Ken, worked with drug rehabilitation and other medical centres (deceased)
  • Welsh, Ivan Joseph, politician; Lake Macquarie mayor and member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1988–91)

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