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Our Story

Welcome to Dandenong High School

Established in 1919, Dandenong High School is one of the oldest, largest and most culturally diverse Secondary Schools in the state. Located in the South East of Melbourne, Dandenong High School is a co-educational school from Years 7 to 12 with an enrolment of approximately 2000 students. The school is highly multicultural with 77 nationalities and 83 different language groups represented and has a team of 200 teaching and 55 non teaching staff.

The heritage-listed façade of the Administration Building serves as a gateway to the more modern, architecturally-designed learning centres behind.

The oldest (public or private) school in Melbourne’s outer east, DHS has a proud history and remains one of the landmarks of Dandenong.The Federal Government’s ‘Building the Education Revolution’ saw Dandenong High School, Cleeland Secondary College and Doveton Secondary College officially merged to become the new Dandenong High School at the beginning of 2007.

At DHS, student learning is structured around a collaborative teaching and learning model. We have seven identically designed Houses; each containing purposefully designed learning spaces. These spaces allow for diverse and innovative learning experiences to take place, with a strong emphasis on collaborative learning. Within each House there are 300 students, 50 from each year level from Year 7 through to Year 12. Each House has 25 staff from all Domains and teaching areas.

At DHS, student learning is structured around a collaborative teaching and learning model.

Transforming Learning & Changing Lives

School By Design

Susan Ogden –
Principal

Susan Ogden - Principal of Dandenong High School

I have been a part of the Dandenong High School for 24 years and enjoy coming to work every day. I am proud to serve such a complex and rewarding community. The school’s vision is to create an environment where all our students can achieve success and our innovative House structure; state of the art facilities and collaborative learning model empower our students in their learning.

I am extremely proud to lead such an outstanding school community.

Mark Dewar – 
Associate Principal

Mark Dewar - Associate Principal at Dandenong High School

Dandenong High School is a dynamic and vibrant school that provides outstanding learning and development opportunities for our students within and outside the classroom. I am fortunate to work in a school, where each students strives to achieve success and is empowered to take ownership over their learning and their future. Teachers and Leaders play a vital role in the development of our students, therefore the learning focus is not confined to our students. Our staff demonstrate great commitment to the development of their teaching and leadership practice, which has further enhance the opportunities for our students.

Katie Watmough – 
Associate Principal

Katie Watmough - Associate Principal at Dandenong High School

Student learning is at the very core of Dandenong High School. Powerful and effective learning occurs when the relationship between the student and teacher becomes a partnership. The teacher facilitates and scaffolds the learning, which enables the student to develop the skills and knowledge to become an independent and curious learner. At Dandenong High School we ensure the provision of high quality, individualised and responsive teaching and learning. We are a future-focused learning community that provides our students with an array of opportunities to ensure they become highly successful young adults.