Sydney Boys High School

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Sydney Boys High School

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Veritate et Virtute
(Truth and Courage)

Established 1 October 1883
School type Public
Principal Dr KA Jaggar
Location Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
Enrollment 1,140 full-time day students
Faculty 11 Departments
Campus Urban Parkland, 34 400 m
Sports teams 14
Sports motto You can't buy spirit

Crest image Sydney Boys High </div> Sydney Boys High School is a secondary school in Sydney, Australia. The school has 1140 students, from Year 7 to 12, and is a selective school catering for the academically-gifted. The school was famous for being the foundation of the New South Wales government sponsored secondary education system. The school does well in debating, sports and other co-curricular activities. In particular, it is known as the best debating school within NSW, if not Australia, winning the Hume Barbour Trophy more times than any other high school. It has educated many high-profile and influential individuals who have reached the top of their fields on the global level. Sydney Boys High has the school colours of sky blue and chocolate brown, shown most noticeably through its striped rugby jersey.



The school was founded in 1883, making it the first boys' state school in Sydney. In 1896, the school became a member of the AAGPS (Athletics Association of Greater Public Schools). The school is famous for its high profile and powerful alumni, the many ex-student organisations and the originator of the NSW government higher education program. It was originally located on Castlereagh Street in the city of Sydney. Later, it moved to Mary Ann Street, Ultimo. In 1928, the school moved to its current location at Moore Park, on the fringe of the inner city.


The school is made up of 11 departments, each teaching one or a variety of related Board of Studies endorsed subjects. The departments are:

  • English (Subjects: English, Drama)
  • Mathematics (Subjects: Mathematics)
  • Science (Subjects: Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics)
  • Creative Arts (Subjects: Visual Arts, Architecture, Photography, Music). Note: The Creative Arts department is split into two subdepartments operating under different regulations and in different parts of the school. One is the Visual Arts subdepartment, the other is the Music subdepartment.
  • Social Sciences (Subjects: Geography, Commerce, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Economics)
  • Languages other than English (Subjects: French, German, Chinese, Latin, Classical Greek, Hebrew)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Industrial Arts (Subjects: Design & Technology, Technical Drawing, Computer Studies, Engineering, Software Design, IPT)
  • History (Subjects: History, Wars through the Ages, Empires, Ancient History, Modern History)
  • Welfare (Subjects: Character Education)
  • Careers (no subjects offered)

Enrolment policy

Due to the fact that Sydney Boys High School is a selective school, it only accepts 180 students in year 7 who have passed an academic ability test in year 6. There are also places for entry in years 8-12, as well as a reserve list system in those years for those who have not been offered a place in other years.

Notable former students

Former students of SHS who have achieved distinction in various fields include:

Sports offered at Sydney High

Sydney Boys High has also a wide range of sports offered to its students, one factor distinguishing it from other government schools, such as having their own rowing sheds. Almost every sport excluding table tennis, is played against other schools of the GPS.

GPS Sports offered in Summer include;
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Sydney High Rowing

GPS Sports offered in Winter include;

External links

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