Shirley and Gordon Geritz have a long history of teaching at Hervey Bay High School.
Shirley and Gordon Geritz have a long history of teaching at Hervey Bay High School. Contributed.

Hervey Bay State High School set to mark 50 years

ALTHOUGH Hervey Bay High has been in existence for 50 years, the school has only ever had nine principals, each leaving their own mark on the Pialba school.

Gordon Geritz taught at the school from 1969 to 1987 and after a stint at the Isis High School returned as deputy principal in 1993, a role he continued until his retirement in 1999.

His wife, Shirley, also taught at the school from 1969 to 1976 before being transferred to Aldridge High School as deputy principal, until her retirement in 1995.

The two said they had many fond memories, including working alongside former principal Cyril Connell.

"Cyril certainly made his mark on the school for all the right reasons," Gordon said.

"I remember on one occasion there was a mass whale beaching at Dundowran Beach and Cyril thought it was an opportunity not to be missed.

"So he organised buses and took the entire school out there to see the spectacle for themselves.

"I'm sure every student present has never forgotten that sight."

Current staff, students and their families will celebrate the school's milestone with a celebration on Saturday.

Celebrations on Saturday, August 23

  • The school will be open for past students and staff, current students and staff and community members from 8.30am. School tours will run from 9.30-11.30am, finishing at noon. The morning celebrations are free and are open to everyone.
  • The Golden Gala Disco Inferno Musical, will start at 5pm. A cost of $40 includes food and a welcome drink, band, guest tickets for the traditional school musical which includes past students from over 33 musicals, followed by a band and finger food. The night-time entertainment will be from 5-10.30pm and will be a licensed event.


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