WSHS 100th committee members Leisa Betts, Doug Wilson and Ann-marie Clark could not be happier with the final copy of the book detailing the history of the school.
WSHS 100th committee members Leisa Betts, Doug Wilson and Ann-marie Clark could not be happier with the final copy of the book detailing the history of the school. Linden Morris

100-year history in print

TWO hundred and eight pages, two years of collective work and 100 years of history.

That' s more than two pages and seven days of work for every year Warwick State High School (WSHS), formerly Warwick Technical College and State High School, has been open and educating children from across the region.

Study of Society and Environment (SOSE) teacher for 36 years and one of the book's editors, Doug Wilson, said being involved in the delivery of the book Warwick State High School: A History 1912-2012 was rewarding.

"As a SOSE teacher being able to delve into the history of the school was rewarding and the thing I like the most about it was discovering the connections the school has," Mr Wilson said.

"It really was a labour of love and just finishing it was a massive achievement."

WSHS 100th committee member and teacher Leisa Betts said to read the book was to see 100 years of development and change.

"It is amazing to see the amount of traditions that have stayed the same over the decades," she said.

"And the traditions and connections the school has that flow through the history of Warwick as well."

Mr Wilson said the book was aimed at telling the story of the school and sharing memories from past students and teachers.

"The book adopts a narrative approach and is divided into decades, plus there is a section called Connections and Reflections, where we have tried to capture the feel and time of each decade," Mr Wilson said.

"It is full-colour and packed with photos and recollections from past students and each chapter features a timeline of events, both world and Australian, to put each decade into some type of context.

"There was a whole group of people - past and present teachers, staff and students - that researched and compiled the book."

Mr Wilson said the book would be available for sale during the WSHS centenary this weekend.

"It costs $45 to purchase and there is a history of memories to be owned and shared," he said.



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