Prior to 1963, students wishing to continue to secondary
education from Gordonvale and Edmonton areas had to either enrol at a boarding
school or catch each day the rail motor to Cairns State High School. By the end of the 1950s, the first of the so
called ‘baby boomers’ were nearing the end of their primary school years and
the demand for a secondary school in Gordonvale increased. The Queensland Minister for Education at the
time, Honourable Jack Prizzey, in response to this increased demand, opened a State
School ‘High Top’ at the Gordonvale State Rural School (present day Gordonvale
State School) in 1963. But by the start
of 1964, a new site (native bushland) at the end of Sheppards Street had been
earmarked for the construction of the new State High School. The first school building on the new site
contained a store room, office, one classroom, a science laboratory, and a
typing room. Teachers and year 10 students, usually on bicycles would commute
between the new site at the end of Sheppards Street and the ‘High Top’ at the
Gordonvale State Rural School in the course of their daily lessons.
Gordonvale State High School officially opened its doors to 234
students on the 25th January 1965.
The Department of Education appointed Mr James Bourner, a Queensland Teachers’
Training College graduate who had taught since 1948, as the first
Original admininistration building and classrooms in 1965. Now B block.
Mr James Bourner was the first of 11 principals:
Mr James Bourner
Mr Keith Faulkner
1969 – 1973
Mr Rex Proctor
1974 – 1976
Mr Barry Molly
1977 – 1978
Mr George Cominos 1979
Mr Ken Rogers
1986 – 1988
Mr Terry Austin
1989 – 2000
Mr Daryl Exelby
2001 – 2007
Mrs Kate MacDonald 2008
Mrs Jan Carr 2013 - 2019
Ms Heather Murry 2020 - Present
In 1965 there were just 10 teachers appointed to Gordonvale
State High School:
Mr Brian Young, Mr Alan Broughton, Ms Suzanne Morrison, Ms
Jennifer Whitney, Ms Carolyn Smyth, Mr Dale Somer, Mr Kevin Murgatroyd, Mr
Frank Rich, Ms Margaret Gardner and Mr David Kidd.
In 2020 the staff at Gordonvale State High School includes a
Principal, two Deputy Principals, nine Heads of Department, a HOSES, a Master
Teacher, a Business Services Manager, a guidance Officer, two Youth Support
Counsellors and approximately 140 teaching and non-teaching staff members.
Junior Secondary precinct - opened in 2014.
School uniforms - old and new.