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Townsville Grammar School is the oldest secondary school in North Queensland opening its doors on 16 April 1888. The School's graduates include Rhodes Scholars and many prominent persons in government, law, medicine, education, the arts and industry.

The Senior and Middle School still remain on its original site of 6.53 hectares in the seaside suburb of North Ward, sitting in the shadow of Castle Hill and enjoying cooling breezes off Cleveland Bay.

The original school building, 'School House' still stands proudly in the school grounds. In 1903, Cyclone Leonta severely damaged School House, causing much of the building to be rebuilt in 1903-1904 to a design by Townsville architects Tunbridge and Tunbridge. The building is now heritage listed and is currently being restored.

In recent years, Townsville Grammar School has experienced significant growth with the acquisition of a second campus for the Junior School, the construction of a new Boarding House and the implementation of the Middle School. In 2008, Townsville Grammar School opened the doors of the Pre-Prep Centre at Annandale, and in 2015 its third campus in North Shore, starting with Pre-Kindy and Pre-Prep.

In 2013, Townsville Grammar School celebrated 125 years of educating youth in North Queensland with this Vignette.

In 2017 we celebrate 129 years! 

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Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
70-90 North Shore Bvd
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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Title The Board of Trustees of Townsville Grammar School trading as Townsville Grammar School.
CRICOS No:00564 ABN No:21 565 628 438
Mr Richard Fairley

Mr Richard Fairley

Principal Since 1998

"Our School enjoys a remarkable culture of achievement and this is reflected in its well deserved pre-eminent status as an educational institution in North Queensland".

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