Fremont-Elizabeth City High School

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Fremont-Elizabeth City High School is a high school
High school
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 in Elizabeth
Elizabeth, South Australia
Elizabeth is a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Playford.-History:Elizabeth was established in 1955 as part of a planned satellite town by the South Australian Housing Trust on rural land between the older towns of Salisbury and...

 a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, the result of amalgamating the original three secondary schools in Elizabeth.

It offers general secondary education
Secondary education
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 with elite programs in music
Music
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, it is one of four Special Interest Music Centres, with those at the then "Fremont High School" set up in 1978, Brighton Secondary School
Brighton Secondary School
Brighton Secondary School resides in Brighton, a beach suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. The school provides secondary education from year 8 to 12, with programs in music and volleyball...

 and Marryatville High School
Marryatville High School
Marryatville High School is a public state school in Adelaide, South Australia. It was founded in 1976 during the Don Dunstan era of South Australia and was formed out of the old Norwood Boys Technical High School. The school is situated on a large area of land in the eastern suburb of...

s set up 1976 and Woodville High School
Woodville High School (Australia)
Woodville High School, is a secondary school in Woodville, a north western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It was opened at its current site in 1915, open to all ethnicities....

 in 1977 and covering four distinct geographical areas of Adelaide. It is also one of thirteen Engineering Pathways Schools in South Australia.

Entry to the music program is by audition
Audition
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.

It offers Aboriginal Studies 8-12 with support provided for all Indigenous Australian students.

Elizabeth Girls Technical High School


The Elizabeth Girls Technical High School was established in Elizabeth East around 1960, providing for students beyond year 7, at a time when the minimum school leaving age was 14. It was renamed Playford High School around 1976, the school changed from a girls only to a co-ed school in 1976 and then amalgamated with Elizabeth High School in 1988, after which the Elizabeth East site was decommissioned.

The name "Playford" was in recognition of Sir Thomas Playford
Thomas Playford IV
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, the state premier whose government established Elizabeth, a reference seen today in the name of the council area
City of Playford
The City of Playford is a Local Government Area of South Australia, located in Adelaide's northern suburbs. The name 'Playford' comes from the recognition of Sir Thomas Playford, who played a part in the development of the area, and was South Australia's premier from 1938-1965...

 formed by amalgamating Elizabeth and Munno Para.

Elizabeth Boys Technical High School


The Elizabeth Boys Technical High School was established in Elizabeth Park in 1960, providing for students beyond year 7. It was renamed Fremont High School after 1975, the school changed from a boys only to a co-ed school in 1976 and then amalgamated with Elizabeth City High School in 1995, the Elizabeth Park site was decommissioned in 1996.

The name 'Fremont' was taken from Elizabeth's sister city in California, which in turn was named after the American explorer John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont
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. The reference is also seen today in the name of Fremont Park, between Elizabeth Park and Elizabeth East. The City of Playford
City of Playford
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 no longer maintains this relationship with Fremont, California
Fremont, California
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Elizabeth High School


Elizabeth High School was established at the Philip Highway site in Elizabeth in 1961, providing general education for students beyond year 7, and preparation for entry to tertiary education. With the growth of the suburbs, enrolment rapidly outgrew the buildings in the north-eastern corner of the site, and by the mid-1960s over half the school was housed in "temporary" buildings extending west. A third wing was added to the "permanent" buildings and enrolment continued to grow to over 2000 students in the latter half of the decade. Enrolment eventually declined with the maturing population of the city and the establishment of another high school in Elizabeth West nearer the developing suburbs that had extended northwards into Munno Para.

In 1988 amalgamation with Playford High School formed Elizabeth City High School, and the schools were combined at the Philip Highway site.

In 1995 amalgamation with Fremont High School formed Fremont-Elizabeth City High School, and again the schools were combined at the Philip Highway site.

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  • Official site
  • Kaurna Plains Aboriginal School
  • Engineering Pathways a VET
    Vocational education
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    program in South Australian schools