Nambour State High School
Nambour State High School is a co-educational, state
Queensland State High Schools
Queensland State High Schools cater for Years 8 to 12 . Years 8 and 9 are known as Junior and Years 10, 11 and 12 are known as Senior. The term "Senior" is widely applied to those in Years 11 and 12...

 high school
High school
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 located in Nambour
Nambour, Queensland
The area now known as Nambour, was first settled in 1870. The town was then called Petrie's Creek. In 1890 the Maroochy Divisional Board was established...

, Queensland
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, Australia
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Established on 2 February 1953, in 2006 the school had enrolment figures of 1,367, including adult students. Previously, the Nambour State Rural School had operated from 1940 to 8 January 1953; it was then split into a primary school and the high school.

The school's first Principal was George William Lockie, who was given the title of "acting principal". He later lead Salisbury
Salisbury, Queensland
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, Mount Isa
Mount Isa, Queensland
-Culture and sport:The local theatre group, the Mount Isa Theatrical Society, or MITS, often holds plays and musicals, at least once every few months or so....

, and Bundaberg
Bundaberg, Queensland
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 high schools, before moving to Brisbane State High School
Brisbane State High School
Brisbane State High School is a partially selective, co-educational, state secondary school, located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a member of the Great Public Schools' Association of Queensland, and the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association...

. The school's current principal is Wayne Troyahn.

Notable alumni

The school has educated numerous prominent alumni in the area of politics
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. Former Australian prime minister
Prime Minister of Australia
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 Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd
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 was dux
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 of the school in 1974, while Treasurer
Treasurer of Australia
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 Wayne Swan
Wayne Swan
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 also attended, but the two didn't know each other as Swan was three years older. Ray Barber, now a solicitor
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 in Coolum and formerly the state member
Government of Queensland
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 for Noosa
Noosa, Queensland
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, also attended the school. Deputy leader of the former Queensland National Party
National Party of Australia
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, Fiona Simpson
Fiona Simpson
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, also attended the school. University of the Sunshine Coast
University of the Sunshine Coast
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 lecturer Bronwyn Stevens has said she can't remember a time when there were so many frontbenchers from the same school as in 2007, including the prime minister and treasurer.

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Max Gaylard, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and United Nations coordinator for humanitarian and development activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is also an Alumni.

Alumni in non-political areas include organ transplant
Organ transplant
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 Kellee Slater, Olympic
Olympic Games
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 canoe racer
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 Clint Robinson, and Powderfinger
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 Jon Coghill
Jon Coghill
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. Principal Wayne Troyahn has nominated a simple reason for the school's extensive alumni, stating "I think it’s the quality of the teaching over a long period of time."

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