Our School - History

Opened in 1971 as a District High School with 700 students from Years 1-10, the school has undergone numerous changes in response to community needs. It became a Senior High School in 1995.

It is located in the centre of Tom Price and has outstanding views of Mt Nameless. Well-established gardens provide students and staff with a positive and pleasant learning environment in which to pursue a range of School Curriculum and Standards Authority accredited courses. In 2004, the Department of Education, together with the Shire of Ashburton, constructed a shared community recreation facility. This provides the school with an air-conditioned, international-sized gymnasium and a Performing Arts Centre that can seat 250 people. It was opened by the Premier, Geoff Gallop in 2005.

Situated in the heart of Western Australia, Tom Price is characterised by its physical remoteness and spectacular scenery. Nestled deep in the Pilbara's Hamersley Ranges at the base of Mt Nameless, Tom Price is the highest town in WA at 747 metres. It is a picturesque and fully serviced town designed to blend with the natural environment. The climate is quite pleasant for most of the year with low humidity and an average maximum temperature of 28 degrees in winter and 35 degrees in summer. Residents and tourists enjoy close proximity to the splendours of the Karijini National Park with its many gorges, waterfalls, rock pools and walk trails.

In 2002, a major development was the opening of the Garringjardi Mirrinurr Mulga Ngurr Project. The project is in collaboration between Rio Tinto, The Department of Education and the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation. The centrepiece of the project is an Enrichment Centre that provides after school tuition for selected indigenous students. The aim of the project is to provide indigenous students with pathways into tertiary education, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.

In 2009 the school was successful in receiving funding for a Trade Centre. A demountable was located near the science block in 2010 and now is home for the Engagement Program.

Recently the school has replaced the metalwork room,  and the old metalwork room has been converted to a general classroom.