Our History

Yea High School, a co-educational secondary college of 350 students, situated 100 kilometres North-East of Melbourne, provides for the educational needs of a mixture of rural and semi-rural communities. The school caters for students in the Yea community and districts of Glenburn, Murrindindi, Molesworth, Killingworth, Highlands, Homewood, Strath Creek, Kinglake and Flowerdale. The school has over 40% of its students travelling by bus from south of Yea, in particular, these areas include Glenburn, Flowerdale and Kinglake.

The School Band, 1961

It is because of this vast coverage area that the School caters for, that the School has had such a rich history. Originally Yea High School, was declared a High School in 1956, but the School didn't move to it's current position until 1964.

1860         Primary school established in Yea

1922         Primary school proclaimed a Higher Elementary School.

1923         Higher Elementary School obtains a new building

1956         Yea Higher Elementary School was proclaimed a High School and established in the Station Street School.

1957         A Committee for Educational Development in Yea was set up

1959         This committee completed negotiations for the purchase of property in Racecourse Road.

1963         Tenders were called for the erection of a High School at Racecourse Road and building commenced.

1964         The High School met in the new building for the first time.

1965         Work commenced on the Advisory Council’s three year plan for the development of the grounds.

1965         (29th October) The Minister for Education, The Hon. J.S. Bloomfield, officially opened the new building.

1988         (17th April) Yea Indoor Recreation Centre Officially Opened.

2000         (June) Upgrade of Administration Area


Since 1965 the school has developed a fine tradition and the school’s leadership has changed a number of times:

1964 - 1971          Principal: Mr. D.N. Baudinette
1972 - 1978          Principal: Mr. G.P. Jones
1979 - 1992          Principal: Mr. A. B. Kindred
1993 - 2002          Principal: Mrs. A.J. Scales
2003 - Current      Principal: Mr. J. F. O’Meara


Yea High School is viewed with pride by its local community. It is seen as a school which strives for high standards of student performance and behaviour.

Students have the opportunity to aim for the highest level of further education as they have access to a broad range of subjects and are encouraged to pursue and improve their individual abilities.

The curriculum design and implementation allows for the acquisition of personal and social skills which enables students to relate to others and develop an understanding of human relationships.


Yea High School, November 1957


BER Building

Yea High School, 2011

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