the knox school, known as knoxfield college until 1996, was founded in february 1982, to provide a distinctive educational opportunity for those living in melbourne’s eastern suburbs. from the very beginning the school has been co-educational and secular. bialik college once occupied the site in wantirna south.
the board appointed mrs dulcie flinn, formally of presbyterian ladies college as the first principal. in the early 80s, the school consisted solely of the current junior school building and some small grassed areas for recreational activities.
from 1982 to 1985, the knox school grew rapidly. five portable classrooms were sited where the junior school play equipment now stands and three further rows of portable classrooms stood in front of what is now the senior school.
in 1985, mr baxter holly was appointed to succeed mrs flinn as principal. during his stewardship the knox school opened the auditorium, the performing and visual arts facility and the art gallery. the main oval was completed in 1986 and in 1987, the first year 12 class graduated from the school.
the knox school celebrated its first decade in 1991. that same year the plant nursery adjoining the school was purchased. now the tew field, those 1.6 hectares increased our presence on burwood highway.
mr tony conabere was appointed principal in july 1995. in 1996 and the refurbishment of the junior school began. the early learning centre and the atrium were completed in january 1996. an all-weather synthetic hockey and tennis surface and an adjoining pavilion with dining hall and canteen were opened in 1996.
in 1998, the knox school achieved its first board of studies “top ten” ranking for victorian schools and was awarded the national gold medal for assessment practice. expansion of the school continued and in 1999 the games hall and gymnasium complex was opened. in 2000 the knox school was again ranked in victoria’s “top ten” schools.
in 2002, the information common was opened by the governor of victoria, john landy, ac, mbe. this building incorporates state of the art multimedia facilities which enable students to communicate information using different media sources. also in 2002, the early learning centre was expanded to include a dedicated three year old room.
in 2004 the knox school welcomed the appointment of ms suzanne mcchesney as principal. ms mcchesney joined the school after seven and a half years as the principal of seymour college in adelaide.
in 2007 the knox school opened its renovated auditorium, seating 400 people and featuring a first class audio-visual system and a large foyer and gallery space overlooking the quadrangle.
in the same year we opened the hospitality centre and upgraded science laboratories, both located in the senior school building.
in 2010, the third floor of the information common was completed as part of the federal government’s building the education revolution.
in july 2014, mr allan shaw became our new principal. allan was formerly founding principal of peter moyes anglican community school in perth; chief executive of the association of heads of independent schools of australia (ahisa) and deputy principal and head of senior school at radford college in canberra.
in 2017, the knox school celebrated 35 years of educating young men and women in the knox community.