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History of the Headmasters & Principals



Rev. Dr. Dudley B. Clarke, 1961 – 1971 (10½ years)

The Peninsula School’s Foundation Headmaster was the Rev. Dr. Dudley Clarke, who had an impressive ability to inspire commitment and enthusiasm in others. He led a team of just eight Foundation Staff in 1961 but saw the School grow beyond imagination in its first decade. Dudley Clarke described the School community as pioneers working towards something new, exciting and worthwhile. Clarke House is named in honour of our first Headmaster.  



Harry A. Macdonald, 1971 – 1991 (19½ years)

The second Headmaster, Mr Harry Macdonald, led the School with distinction for almost 20 years and saw it go from strength to strength. His period of leadership saw the School become a centre of academic excellence with an outstanding co-curricular program. Glenmaggie, the School’s Outdoor Education Campus, became an important part of every student’s program.
Harry Macdonald retired in 1991 and in 1992 received the Medal of Order of Australia for “Services to Education”.  The H.A. Macdonald Pavilion and oval are named in his honour. 



Ray T. Hille, 1992 – 2009 (18 years)

Mr Ray Hille was appointed Principal in 1992 and steered the School through a new era where technology became an integral part of The Peninsula School day. In 1994 girls were enrolled for the first time and by 1999 the School had girls in every year level from the ECC to Year 12. During his leadership the School lifted its profile significantly in the area of Sport. Ray Hille was also a strong advocate for the Performing Arts and it is fitting that our Performing Arts Centre is named in his honour. Our Dux of Year 10 Prize also carries his name. He retired in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for “Services to Education”.  



Stuart N. Johnston, appointed in 2010

Mr Stuart Johnston, only the fourth Principal in Peninsula Grammar’s history, commenced in 2010. He has overseen the introduction of Positive Psychology throughout the School from the Early Childhood Centre to the Senior School, a wellbeing program which promises to inspire the whole Peninsula Grammar community. 


Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email

our golden jubilee celebrations

All members of our community - past, present and future - were invited to join us as we celebrated fifty years of outstanding education on the Mornington Peninsula. We had a host of celebratory Golden Jubilee events in 2011. 



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