One hundred years ago the foundations of a new school campus were laid on Penquite Road.
Those first founders laid the groundwork for thousands of students to pass through Scotch Oakburn’s doors.
Celebrating Scotch Oakburn’s centenary at its Penquite Campus, the school welcomed back some of its most notable graduates to launch a new book on the Scotch College Preparatory School’s history.
Three speakers looked back on their time at the school – Paul Richards AM, retired nuclear medicine scientist and historian, former Tasmanian senator John Watson AM, and notable Launceston businessman Russell Hogarth.
Mr Hogarth was particularly touched to see a photo of his father riding a pony to Scotch Oakburn that he had never seen before.
The History of Scotch College Preparatory School was written by five authors and researchers on the school’s history between 1937 and 1960, with many interviews conducted on early pupils for their memories.
Principal Andy Muller spoke on the school’s extensive history and the many changes the campus has undergone over the past hundred years.
“Great schools like ours don’t just survive, they thrive, because they’re true to their values and never compromise their high standards and expectations,” he said.
“We are the benefactors of the achievers of the past and it is our responsibility to pass the torch of learning on to the next generation.”