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Neighbourhood > Places > Erinsborough High School

Erinsborough High School 1985-
Address: 189 Eden Drive, Erinsborough

Principals: Kenneth Muir (1986-1990); Dorothy Burke (1990-1993); Peter Knotts (1993); Vince Roland (1993-1994); Anne Teschendorff (1994); Susan Kennedy (1998-2002, 2013-); Candace Barkham (2003-2007); Susan Smith/Kinski [Acting] (2005-2007); Tom Scully (2007); Andrew Simpson (2007-2009); Daniel Fitzgerald (2009); Libby Kennedy [Acting] (2010); Michael Williams (2010-2012), Priya Kapoor [Acting] (2011), Priya Kapoor (2012-2013)

Teaching Staff: Marcia Taylor (1985); Kate Drew (1985); Mr White (1986); Mike Young (1988-1989); Mr Denning (1990); Wayne Duncan (1993-1994); Ruth Stoner (1993-1994); Alan McKenna (1993-1997); Sally Pritchard (1994); Vera Bertram (1994); Barry Morgan (1994); Susan Kennedy/Smith/Kinski (1995-1998; 2003-2007); Andrew Watson (1995-1997); Tim Powers (1996); Lisa Elliot (1997); Nick Atkins (1998); Jacquie Boyd (1998); Denise Hicks (1998); Teresa Bell (1999-2001); Daniel Fitzgerald (1999-2000; 2007-2009); Evan Hancock (2001-2002); Dean Hearn (2001); Morris Bormann (2002); Mr Moore (2003); Libby Kennedy(-Fitzgerald) (2003; 2007-); Karen Buckley (2003-2006); Paul Robinson (2005); Andrew Simpson (????-2007); Pepper Steiger (2006-2007); Helen Carr (2007-2008); Angus Henderson (2007-2008); Tim Ford (2010); Miss Mayberry [unseen] (2010); Lucas Fitzgerald (2010-); Cassie Hillman (2010); Matt Parelli (2010); Aaron Randle [unseen] (2010); Marion [unseen] (2010); Miss Kaidonis [unseen] (2010); Mr Cryer [unseen] (2010); Kate Ramsay (2010; 2011; 2012-); Kev Ronson [unseen] (2011), Michael Williams (2012)

Support Staff: Philip Martin (1992); Trevor Burke (1996); Steve Parker (2008); Miranda Parker (2008); Susan Kennedy (1998-2002); Candace Barkham (2003-2007); Zeke Kinski (2010-2011)

School Board: David Whitaker (2010-); Ian Melvin (2010); Deborah Offers (2010)

PTA: Ruth Wilkinson (1997-1999); Philip Martin (1997-1999); Madge Bishop (1997-1999); Maureen Suleyman (1997); Tom Suleyman (1997); Grace Tripplet (1997); Robin Sanderson (2008); Megan Macdonald [unseen] (2010)

Students: Kim Taylor (1985); Danny Ramsay (1985-1986); Scott Robinson (1985-1987); Mike Young (1986); Charlene Mitchell (1986); Jane Harris (1986); Sue Parker (1986); Nikki Dennison (1986); John Green (1986); Warren Murphy (1986); Nick Page (1988-1990); Sharon Davies (1988-1990); Bruce Zadro (1988-1989); Todd Landers (1988-1992); Emma Gordon (1988, 1991); Melissa Jarrett (1989-1991); Cody Willis (1989-1991; 1993-1994); Matt Robinson (1989-1991); Gemma Ramsay (1990-1991); Ryan McLachlan (1990-1991); Josh Anderson (1990-1992); Lucy Robinson (1991); Darren Wood (1991); Phoebe Bright (1991-1993); Toby Mangel (1991-1993); Brett Sharp (1992); Rick Alessi (1992-1993; 1993-1994); Debbie Martin (1992-1994); Louise Barker (1993-1994); Jonathan Lim (1993); Sarah Lim (1993); Craig Slater (1993); Ally Slater (1993); Sean Slater (1993); Danni Stark (1993-1996); Brett Stark (1993-1995); Julie Martin (1994); Stonefish Rebecchi (1994-1995); Squirrel (1994-1995); Saskia 'Sassy' Patterson-Smythe (1994-1995); Leanne 'Packo' Packington (1994-1995); Malcolm Kennedy (1994-1995); Libby Kennedy (1994-1997); Billy Kennedy (1994-1998); Hannah Martin (1994-1999); Miranda Starvaggi (1994-1995); Zoe Tan (1995-1996); Melissa Drenth (1995-1997); Toadfish Rebecchi (1996-1997); Blair Griffiths (1995); Stacey Griffiths (1995); Robert Dong (1995); Rupert Sprod (1995-1996); Casper Mack (1996); George Brown (1996); Lance Hails/Wilkinson (1995; 1996-1999); Anne Wilkinson (1996-1999); Amy Greenwood (1997-1999); Tim Buckley (1997); Caitlin Atkins (1997-1998); Craig 'Pinhead' Pinders (1997-1999); Cara Winfield (1997); Jacinta Myers (1997-1998); Paul McClain (1997-2001); Claire Girard (1997); Mickey Dalton (1998); Tad Reeves (1998-2001); Felicity Scully (1999-2001); Michelle Scully (1999-2003); Dylan Ryan (2000); Bianca Nugent (2000-2002); Simone King (2000); Callum Jackson (2001); Lily Auster (2001); Tawnee Beckett (2001); Eddie Broomhall (2001); Elly Turnbull (2001); Jess Fielding (2001); Monique Disney (2001); Adam Stevens (2001-2002); Elly Conway (2001-2002); Colin Rogers (2001); Mick Crowe (2001); Larissa Calwell (2001); Zack Shaw (2001); Leo Hancock (2001-2002); Nina Tucker (2002-2003); Tahnee Coppin (2002); Jack Scully (2002-2004); Lori Lee (2002-2003); Taj Coppin (2002-2004); Boyd Hoyland (2002-2005); Daniel Clohesy (2002-2004); Sky Mangel (2003-2005); Serena Bishop (2003-2005); Declan Sands (2003-2004); Erin Perry (2003-2004); Summer Hoyland (2003-2005, 2010-2011, 2012); Lisa Jeffries (2003-2005); Brendan Bond (2004); Braydden Tuffnell (2004); Lana Crawford (2004-2005); Georgina 'George' Harris (2004-2005); Stingray Timmins (2004-2005); Dylan Timmins (2005); Janae Timmins (2005-2006); Hamish Cameron (2005); Sharon 'Shazza' Cox (2005); Penny Weinberg (2005); Mike Pill (2005); Jimmy Black (2005); Sam Houghton (2005); Rachel Kinski (2005-2009); Zeke Kinski (2005-2009); Bree Timmins (2005-2007); Jake Rinter (2005); Topher Gray (2006); Kiefer Holt (2006); Lolly Allen (2007); Ringo Brown (2007-2009); Bridget Parker (2007-2009), Declan Napier (2007-2009); Justin Hunter (2007-2008); Jessica Wallace (2007); Taylah Jordan (2007-2008); Ash Schwimmer (2007-2008); Shane Gregory (2008-2009); Donna Freedman (2008-2009); Kyle Canning (2008-2009); Simon Freedman (2008-2009); Tegan Freedman (2008-2009); Sunny Lee (2009); Kate Ramsay (2009); Harry Ramsay (2009-2010); Amanda Fowler (2009); Sarah Aquino (2009); Dale 'Macca' McGregor (2009-2011); Callum Jones (2010-); Sophie Ramsay (2010-2012; 2012-2013); Andrew Robinson (2010-2011); Scott 'Griffo' Griffin (2010); Lisa Devine (2010-2011); Dean Harman (2010-); Chris Pappas (2010-2011); Natasha Williams (2010-2011), Rani Kapoor (2012-), Harley Canning (2012), Bailey Turner (2013-); Bailey Turner (2013-), Amber Turner (2013-); Joshua Willis (2013-); Imogen Willis (2013-)

First seen in 1985 with teacher, Marcia Taylor running the classroom, the high school has been a constant over the years, though the name of the suburb was not mentioned until 1986, and so the name Erinsborough High was not given on screen until Neighbours was in its second year, in episode 319, written on posters advertising the school dance. The school was seen regularly in 1986, all shot on location in the playgrounds and principals' office of a real school, but once Scott, Mike, Jane and Charlene graduated, it was not shown again until episode 838, late in 1988, when Mike accepted a job as a relief teacher there. Again a real classroom interior was used for the few scenes shown, and this classroom was used again in 1989. A real school exterior and interior continued to be used occasionally in 1990, while in 1991, the first school-based set appeared in the form of principal Dorothy Burke's office.

In August 1992, a new permanent school set debuted to coincide with the formation of a new Neighbours teen gang (Debbie, Rick, Michael, Cody, Danni and Brett), featuring a corridor with numerous doors leading off it, a stairwell and a classroom, in which seemingly all lessons are taught, with the layout varying on the occasion that more than one regular character is working at the school. In addition this has also doubled as a computer room. The set has changed very little over the years with white walls and light blue/lilac doors remaining throughout its run, with two additional doors being added to the classroom in 2005 just a few steps apart. Other areas of the school have been seen over the years including the football oval, playground, school hall and changing rooms.

2008 saw the debut of a new high school set with much the same layout as its predecessor, with the addition of some extra doors, corridors and an office. The paint scheme followed the colours of the uniform with light blue/lilac walls in the classroom and office, maroon and grey walls in the corridors and maroon doors. The number of doors to the classroom reduced to just two with one opening onto each of the main corridors.

2010 saw a dramatic overhaul of the school set with additional corridors, a new office, plus a change to the layout of the classroom set with the addition of a computer and modern classroom equipment. The school logo was also redesigned. Additionally, the arrival of new Principal, Michael Williams, brought about changes to the running of the school, with his new open door policy for students to talk or suggest ideas, students being allowed to call staff by their first names, the introduction of vocational subjects and a new healthy lunch initiative catered by Lassiter's Hotel.

The Erinsborough High uniform has changed numerous times over the years, with the one consistent item being a maroon sweater, originally featuring the school logo, although this was dropped in 1989. The uniform for boys has changed very little over the years, consisting of a white/grey shirt and grey shorts or trousers, with the shirt changing to blue in 2005. The girls’ uniform, however has changed numerous times with the dress changing from brown checked to pink checked in 1989, adapting again in the early 90’s with the addition of violet & purple to the dress. 2005 saw the dress change yet again, this time to blue. 2010 saw the introduction of maroon blazers for both genders, bearing the school emblem or American-style baseball jackets for members of sports teams. The girls uniform was changed to a blue blouse with a blue checked skirt in the same design as the previous dress.

The school has gone through numerous mergers over the years, merging with West Waratah Tech in 1994 and West Waratah High in 2005, which saw the uniform change. A merger with Elliot Park High was proposed in 1997, however following a campaign led by Toadfish Rebecchi this was rejected.

No school is complete without a PTA and Erinsborough High is no different. The current head of the PTA is the as yet unseen, Robin Sanderson, whilst the role was previously held by Ruth Wilkinson, along with Philip Martin as treasurer and Madge Bishop.

A number of Ramsay Street residents have also run for the positions of school captain & vice-captain, including Cody Willis & Rick Alessi, Stonefish Rebecchi & Brett Stark who lost out to Kieran Wallace and Anne Wilkinson who shared the role with Amy Greenwood.

Trivia Notes
• 1989 saw the school celebrate it's 40th Anniversary having opened in 1949
• Whilst never seen as students, it has been established that Jim Robinson attended Erinsborough High, as did Sophie Cooper & Pepper Steiger having attended in the same year as Toadie Rebecchi & Billy Kennedy
• It has also been mentioned on screen that Helen Carr taught Pepper Steiger at the school, and that Andrew Simpson had been teaching at the school for several years before becoming principal
• In 2009, the telephone number for the school was 55509386, and the fax number was 55509896
• In 2010, the school basketball team was shown as being named the Erinsborough High Emus
• In 2010, the school website was www.erinsboroughhigh.com.au
• In 2010, Megan Macdonald was shown as the contact for recruitment via phone on 55505596 or at jobs@erinsboroughhigh.com.au
• Real-life school exteriors used over the years include Blackburn English Language School and Coburg Senior High School

Key moments (with episode links where available)

Jane Harris punches Sue Parker
Scott Robinson plans to cheat in an exam
Former student Mike returns to teach at the school
The students protest over plans to close the common room
The school science lab explodes
Erinsborough merges with West Waratah Tech and Stonie, Sassy, Packo and others arrive
Toadie causes mayhem after putting polystyrene balls in the air-conditioning system on muck-up day
Lance is trapped into the school wearing his ballroom dancing outfit
Jess Fielding accuses Susan of hitting her
A bomb in a bin explodes on the school field
Nina Tucker's first scene
Michelle Scully and Elly Conway break in
Lana is attacked with scissors by homophobic bullies
Paul Robinson loses his leg during parents' evening
Rachel Kinski's first scene
Ringo, Lolly, Zeke, Rachel and Bree play spin the bottle during Saturday detention

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