The year 2018 marks 160 years of education on this site. The school has had many different names and purposes; however, we are very proud to still be delivering education to young people after 160 years.
2015-present Mount Alexander College
Mr Wayne Haworth was appointed the school principal in 2015, and in doing so, he turned the school around with a new focus. The focus shifted from a secondary school delivering traditional education, to an authentic student-led, student-centred education. A vertical curriculum was created with students being able to choose from over 100 electives. While this is still a fairly new change, it is a change that has had significant impact on student happiness and achievement, and overall enrolments.
2012-2015 Mount Alexander College
The school was rebranded in 2012 marking a new era for the school. Principal Allan Davis brought in a compulsory uniform and changed the direction from a school that catered mostly for students who had English as their second language, to a school for the local community. The name, Mount Alexander College, references the school’s long history in its current location, and its landmark position in the Flemington community. When Mr Davis left the school in 2014 to take a regional role in Geelong, Ms Jane Wignell, the Assistant Principal, took on the role as Acting Principal until her retirement when Mr Haworth was appointed.
1983–2011 Debney Park Secondary College
1973–1983 Debney Park High School
A single was produced Fable Records in the early 1970s by Bert Newton and the Debney Park High School Band, a Xmas-themed release which reportedly reached #11 on the Melbourne charts. DPHSB drummer Bill Kio went on to become a professional musician and is now a member of Melbourne band The Wish.
1966–1972 Flemington Girls’ High School
1931–1966 Flemington Girls’ School
1925–1931 Flemington School of Domestic Arts
The upgrading and rebuilding of Flemington State School No. 250, saw the school reopened as Flemington School of Domestic Arts, which catered exclusively for girls in Forms 1-3 (Years 7-9). A navy tunic, white blouse, hat and gloves became the school’s uniform.
1873–1923 Flemington State School No. 250
1862–1872 Flemington Common School
On 31 March 1885 the school was closed due to increased competition from newer neighbouring schools in Ascot Vale and Kensington. The school was reopened later the same year to relieve overcrowding at Kensington State School.
1858–1862 Flemington National School
In 1858, Flemington National School was established. The school building was colloquially referred to as the ‘iron pot’ for its distinct iron structure.