Thebarton Senior College Celebrates 90 Years of Education

Thebarton Senior College (TSC) is this year celebrating 90 years of education in South Australia.

THEBARTON SENIOR COLLEGE - FRONT 1951 (LOW)Thebarton Senior College (TSC) is this year celebrating 90 years of education in South Australia.

Established in 1924, the Torrensville-based College started out as Thebarton Technical High School with around 103 students and four teachers.

Under the stewardship of first Headmaster Mr Alec Paull, the school’s curriculum was based upon the principle of technical education, including metal work and wood work, as well as chemistry and physics. It also had a strong focus on sports including football, cricket and tennis.

The school later became two separate campuses – Thebarton Boys and Thebarton Girls Technical High Schools. The two campuses combined to become a whole-school campus in 1976.

Today, Thebarton Senior College is a public secondary school for students in Years 11 and 12 completing their SACE.

Well-known South Australian old scholars include Sir Eric Neal (Governor of South Australia 1996- 2001), novelist and artist Barbara Hanrahan and distinguished scientist, Frank Fenner.

Currently led by Acting Principal Ms Eva Kannis-Torry, Thebarton Senior College has approximately 1000 full-time students, with the majority of them aged between 16 and 25 years. Students come from approximately 80 different countries, speaking 55 different languages.

In addition to the school’s comprehensive academic curriculum, TSC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and offers a number of nationally accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways.

It was Australia’s first secondary school to become a UN Global Peace School on 21 September, 2007.

THEBARTON SENIOR COLLEGE - FRONT 1970s (LOW)Boasting state-of-the-art infrastructure, Thebarton Senior College has beautiful gardens, innovative IT and science facilities, a cafeteria and gymnasium.

Earlier this year, the school opened a $2.8 million library and learning hub facility for students.

On Wednesday 19 November, TSC will hold a special 90th anniversary celebration for past and present students, teachers and staff.

The commemorative event, to be held from 3-6pm, will involve an historic school memorabilia display as well as a culmination of educational experiences to show the College’s transformation through the decades.

Guests will be treated to a range of canapés and refreshments.

Thebarton Senior College Acting Principal Ms Eva Kannis-Torry said the 90 year anniversary was an exciting and significant achievement.

“We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating such an incredible milestone right here in South Australia,” Ms Kannis-Torry said.

“For the past nine decades, we have helped to educate many thousands of students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

“Thebarton Senior College has a unique and rich history and we are very proud of our educational achievements.

“Our 90th anniversary solidifies the school’s current position in South Australian education, which is to provide high quality specialist secondary education to thousands of students.

“The upcoming birthday celebration at Thebarton Senior College will be a memorable event for students, teachers and staff and will provide a nostalgic walk down memory lane for many of our past pupils and educators.

“We look forward to welcoming and celebrating with those who have had a connection with the school over the years”.

Old scholars and past educators wishing to attend Thebarton Senior College’s 90th anniversary event can contact the College on 8352 5811 or visit


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