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Location in Tasmania

107–119 Paterson Street
Launceston, Tasmania
Australia
Coordinates 41°26′23″S 147°07′58″E / 41.4398°S 147.1327°E / -41.4398; 147.1327Coordinates: 41°26′23″S 147°07′58″E / 41.4398°S 147.1327°E / -41.4398; 147.1327
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Type Government comprehensive senior college
Established 1913; 108 years ago (1913)
as Launceston State High School
Status Open
School district Northern
Oversight Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification
Principal Vicki Mackrill
Teaching staff 96.4 FTE (2019)
Years 11-12; optional Year 13
Enrolment 1,430  (2019)
Campus type Regional urban area
Colour(s) Black and gold         
Launceston College, Tasmania
Built 1834 (1834)
Official name: Launceston College and former Female Factory and Gaol, 107-119 Paterson Street, and part of Paterson Street, Launceston
Reference no. 11,010

Launceston College is a government comprehensive senior secondary school located in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Established in 1913 as the Launceston State High School and subsequently known as Launceston College , the college caters for approximately 1,500 students in Years 11 and 12, and an optional Year 13. The college is administered by the Tasmanian Department of Education.

In 2019 student enrolments were 1,430. The college principal is Vicki Mackrill . The college has an International Student Program.

Facilities

The college is located on a site that was the location of the former Launceston Female Factory and Gaol, built in 1834, and is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

Originally named Launceston State High School, the college became Launceston Matriculation College in 1967, and subsequently Launceston Community College to reflect its broader academic curriculum and vocational influence, and then to Launceston College.

The campus stretches over two city blocks and incorporates a gymnasium complex including a swimming pool with sauna and spa, two basketball courts, rock climbing wall, full weights gym and squash courts. It has a commercial equipped training restaurant, an FM radio station, automotive workshop and television studio. The Launceston College on air radio station (LCFM) can be found on the FM frequency of 87.8 and is also streamed to the web.

Co-curricula activities

The college also offers the yearly opportunity to students to be involved in stage productions. Since 2008, the college has presented Matilda, In the Heights, Rock of Ages, Bring It On, Aida, the remake of Footloose, Hairspray, and Seussical. Earlier productions have been Chess, Mechanics of Love, Copacabana, Cinderocka, Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Grease, Hair, High School Musical, All Shook Up, Disco Inferno, and Back To The 80s.

The school also offers overseas travel opportunities.

Publications

The college has produced several publications since 1913, such as:

  • The Northern Churinga (1914–1966)
  • Churinga (1967 – present)
  • The history of the Launceston State High School, 1913-1966 and Launceston Matriculation College, 1967-1976
  • Prospectus'
  • LC in ... : Orientation Guide
  • 100 years of excellence: Launceston State High School to Launceston College 1913–2013

Headmasters and principals

Launceston State High School

Tenure Headmaster
1913–1928 Raymond Orlando Maurice Miller

(R. O. M. Miller)

1929–1931 Harry Vernard Biggins
1932–1938 Archibald L. Meston

(A. L. Meston)

1939–1952 William Carl Morris

(W. C. Morris)

1953–1966 L. E. Amos

Launceston Matriculation College

Tenure Principal
1967 L. E. Amos
1968–1969 J. Woodruf
1970–1979 K. J. Walker

Launceson Community College

Tenure Principal
1984–1986 Alf L. Crawford

Launceston College

Tenure Principal
1987–1989 Alf L. Crawford
1990–1996 Col S. Lane
1997–2001 Graham Spreight
2002–2017 Keith Wenn
2018–present Vicki Mackrill
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