Exmouth District High School, Exmouth
Name: Exmouth District High School
Type: Primary and Secondary School
Address: Carpenter Street
State: Western Australia
Region Mid West
Phone: 08 9947 8888
Fax: 08 9949 1855
Exmouth is a small coastal community situated in the remote North West of Western Australia. Located about 1300km north of the capital city Perth, about 850km north of the large regional city of Geraldton and 600km South West of the central of the Pilbara's mining operations, Karratha, Exmouth is both remote and exciting.
The town population of approximately 2 500 swells to 5 000 during the tourist season. It is situated in the midst of a thriving seasonal tourist and fishing town. We are surrounded by a national park and pastoral regions, and are one of the gateways to the precious Ningaloo Reef, home of that giant of the deep, the fascinating whale shark.
With the withdrawal of the United Stated Navy from the Cape in 1992, the labour forces required to maintain the facilities of the base was taken over by an Australian civilian contractor. The previously high proportion of American children in the student population declined significantly and is now negligible. Currently the school caters for approximately 350 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The Exmouth School opened in February 1965, in temporary quarters, with a total of 29 students. This was a small beginning, but the future growth and development of the school was assured by the establishment of the Harold E Holt US Naval Communication Station on North West Cape in 1967. An agreement between the governments of Western Australia and the United States of America ensured that the educational needs of both nationalities were met.