Dubbo exhibition on 100 years of public secondary school education

Did you know that the official opening of Dubbo High School in 1917 included outdoor dining for hundreds of well-dressed residents?

Have you heard of businesses shutting their doors so employers and employees could barrack for Dubbo teams competing in the Astley Cup?

A new exhibition in the city reveals the social significance of the public secondary school system across a century.

Text, photographs, videos, memorabilia and more make it a must-see for the community that in the early 1900s fought tooth and nail to secure a high school and stamp its place in NSW.

Chalk it up: 100 years of public secondary school education is the result of months of research by Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) manager Andrew Glassop and assistant curator Sarah McGhee.

The exhibition sits alongside original buildings of the city’s first high school, incorporated into WPCC.

The public will get its first peek at the exhibition at 10am Saturday, followed by an official opening at 2pm.