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Mackay State High School opened on 1st January 1912 in what is now part of the TAFE complex. It was one of the first state high schools opened in Queensland and recognized the growth that was taking place in Mackay and the Pioneer Valley. The school moved to its present site in 1962.

Since that time, it has continued to develop with the town, establishing a positive and rich reputation. Over the past 95 odd years many students have graduated to become leaders within the Mackay District and broader community. In the modern booming Mackay economy Mackay SHS is continuing to educate all students in the district and enhancing the school's tradition of academic, cultural and sporting excellence. Mackay State High School's mission is to provide the foundation for successful citizenship through quality teaching and learning.

Through its structures, procedures and curriculum, the school seeks to provide an educational environment in harmony with the needs and interests of all members of the school community.

Mackay State High School has currently about 980 students in attendance. We have long established traditions and are the oldest High School in Mackay providing a great place to learn. Our school motto is ‘Labor Vincit' which means ‘Work Conquers.’

We take pride in our long tradition and many accomplishments with a quality curriculum which caters for a wide range of student needs. 

Mackay State High School has a highly respected reputation built on many years of success. This success is largely due to a strongly committed staff and a curriculum model focused on a diversity of student need and a supportive school community. Its future like its past remains full of promise.

Mackay State High School offers students a comprehensive study experience and a gateway to a successful future in one of the Queensland's most spectacular environments. Mackay State High School is a great place to learn.

  • Honour Board

    Honour Board

    A list of all Principals, School Captains and School Dux from 1912

  • Reunions

    School reunion contact details and information