Our history

More than just a list of dates

Since 1892, when our doors first opened with five staff and 17 students in attendance, Haileybury has been a centre of continual development: learning, teaching and location have all undergone transformative change on our path to become the School we are today.

We’ve seen out two wars, numerous conflicts and many Prime Ministers, opened new campuses across Australia and overseas, and our teachers have shaped a life of learning for thousands of students. But we’ve only ever had one purpose: to be a great world School.

Here’s a summary of our journey so far:

1892
1898
1903
1904
1914
1915
1920
1923
1929
1932
1939
1942
1947
1949
1954
1957
1958
1961
1963
1969
1974
1976
1985
1989
1992
1999
2000
2004
2006
2007
2008
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

1892

Haileybury School is founded by Charles Rendall (a graduate of Haileybury College in England), with 17 students.

The first student enrolled, Barney Allen, goes on to become Master of Classics at the University of Melbourne.

1898

Our first cricket premiership is won (the first of four in a row).

1903

The Old Haileyburians Association is founded.

1904

Enrolments reach 70.

1914

Enrolments reach 100.

1915

Louis Berthon becomes the second Headmaster.

1920

First football premiership.

1923

Sydney Dickinson becomes the third Headmaster.

1929

Enrolments reach 160.

1932

Classes commence at the new Castlefield property.

1939

Prime Minister Robert Menzies opens new buildings at Castlefield.

1942

Sholto Black becomes the fourth Headmaster.

1947

Future Olympian John Marshall leads the swimming team to the premiership.

1949

Old Haileyburian Wilfred Fullagar is appointed to the High Court of Australia.

1954

David Bradshaw becomes the fifth Headmaster.

1957

Pipes and Drums band is formally established.

1958

Haileybury joins the APS.

1961

Purchase of the Keysborough land.

1963

Prime Minister Robert Menzies opens new buildings at Keysborough where Years 7 and 8 commence.

1969

Senior School begins at Keysborough.

1974

Michael Aikman becomes the sixth Headmaster.

1976

Newlands is opened on the Keysborough site.

1985

Land at Berwick is purchased.

1989

Edrington campus opens in Berwick.

1992

Haileybury celebrates its centenary.

1999

Robert Pargetter becomes the seventh Principal.

2000

The parallel education model is adopted at Haileybury and girls commence in the Junior School.

2004

Enrolments reach 2,000.

2006

Girls commence in the Senior School and Haileybury Girls College is formally established.

2007

Senior School expands to the Berwick and Brighton campuses.

2008

Derek Scott becomes the School’s eighth Principal.

2012

Haileybury celebrates 120 years with a ball at the National Gallery of Victoria.

2013

Haileybury International School Tianjin Opens.

2014

Enrolments reach 3,600.

2015

The School purchases 383 King Street in Melbourne's CBD as the site for its fifth campus.

2016

Haileybury City Early Learning Centre opens.

2017

Haileybury City opens and the School celebrates its quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary.

2018


Haileybury Rendall School opens in Darwin.

Haileybury is named Australian School of the Year at the Australian Education Awards.

2019

Derek Scott is named Australian Principal of the Year at the 2019 Australian Education Awards.

2020

Deputy Principal (Junior School), Grenville Green is named Primary School Principal of the Year (Non-Government) at the 2020 Australian Education Awards.