One of the oldest schools in Australia, Pulteney Grammar School has a rich history steeped in achievement, tradition and innovation.
The original trustees met in May 1847 to establish a school for the children of Adelaide and after 12 months, on Monday, May 29, 1848, Pulteney Street School opened its doors. The School was a foundation of the Church of England but was open to those of all faiths and denominations. Town Acre No 228 at the corner of Pulteney and Flinders Streets was purchased and a school building was erected immediately north of the present St Paul’s Creative Centre. At the end of the first week there were 50 names on the roll and by December, 270.
Since those humble beginnings, the School has expanded in good times and contracted in times of depression or administrative uncertainty. Of the 22 Principals, some have guided the School’s destiny for many years (W S Moore, 24 years, W P Nicholls, 41, and W R Ray, 26) while others have been in charge for as little as three months. Through it all, on three different sites, Pulteney has prospered and earned its place among the schools of South Australia.