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Edge Hill was one of the earliest townships to be established outside the area known as the Central Business District of Cairns after settlement in 1876. The area was utilised for primary industry and Chinese market gardening and as the population grew and spread, locals began to build homes in the area. By the late 1930’s sufficient families lived in Edge Hill to warrant the building of a school. 

It took several years to actualise plans and in February 1940 Edge Hill State School opened with 31 pupils, a single teacher and one classroom. The original school building still stands proudly today despite record wet season deluges, cyclones of all sizes and the threat of war on its doorstep during the Pacific conflicts of WWII. Additional buildings have been added over time, as well as play spaces and amenities necessary to accomodate steadily rising student numbers. The school has experienced progressive growth and expansion. 

School leaders have continued a tradition of modernisation and school enhancement ensuring the best possible outcomes for our student populations​ while respecting the school's heritage. 

Generations of local families have been, and continue to be educated at our school. We are proud of the achievements of former students within the local community and further afield. Our alumni include household names from sport, the arts and political arenas. The school has celebrated many milestone moments, including most recently, our 75th Anniversary. 

Our school community enjoys the fruits of labour contributed by many generations of keen and concerned leaders, parents, teachers, politicians and departmental officers over its lifetime. In the 1970's the P&C Committee built the swimming pool still used by students today. Since the turn of the 21st Century the school has been enhanced by the addition of a Performing Arts Centre, Basketball Stadium and Innovation Centre designed specifically for digital learning.  

Our history and traditions, typified by our motto and values, are defining. After more than three quarters of a century, Edge Hill State School continues to provide a learning environment that meets the ever changing needs of modern students across socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We are a dynamic, multi-cultural, modern school with proud traditions and the respect of our community.