The Best School of All is a commemorative book about Neutral Bay/Cremorne Girls High School. It takes the reader on a journey since its inception in 1926, until its forced closure, amid great furore, in 1987. Much of the school’s history is told through the stories and anecdotes of staff and pupils who were at the school during its lifetime, dating back to interviews with foundation pupils who enrolled in 1926.
The handsome hardback publication will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading memoir. It will be of interest to the general public because the book expands on the history, character and development of a landmark on the lower north shore.
In addition to a comprehensive selection from hundreds of photos, the volume has illustrations in the form of documents, school reports from the 1920s, architectural plans, departmental correspondence, personal letters from former headmistresses and staff, and pen and ink sketches.
Few commemorative histories have been written about a NSW State Girls High School – until now, none have been written about the highly contentious closure of a school by the Department of Education. Cremorne Girls High School existed on one of the most pleasant school sites on the lower north shore. It was a highly regarded comprehensive State high school, with an excellent academic record. Its unexplained closure continues to rankle the community.
The Best School of All is considered to be a worthwhile book of community historical value and the publication has been supported by North Sydney Council, the North Shore Historical Society and Manly Council.