Our Heritage

Prescott College was named after a renowned Seventh-day Adventist educator and scholar, William Warren Prescott (1855 – 1944). W. W. Prescott started his career as a teacher, and throughout his life he demonstrated passion in serving families through education, allowing children to become responsible, successful and joyous members of God’s family.

From the earliest days, Seventh-day Adventists have made a concerted effort to provide Christian education. Prescott College forms an integral part of the City of Prospect’s heritage; the first church school opened in 1906 in a classroom that was attached to the back of the Prospect Seventh-day Adventist church. A church member donated bricks that had been purchased for building a house, which were then used to construct a school building. When it opened, 15 pupils attended. The school closed briefly in 1917, then re-opened in May 1920.

In 1936 the private school was transferred to its present location in Koonga Avenue, Prospect, north of Adelaide. It initially consisted of a two-roomed structure, with additional rooms being added as required.  From 1936 until 1973 it functioned as a combined primary and secondary school; however, conditions during the Second World War necessitated high school work being temporarily suspended. This was recommenced at the war’s end. The school first operated as a 12-grade school in 1952. A separate woodwork unit was built in 1955. In 1962 the enrolments were: 100 students with a staff of 7 teachers, 2 in primary and 5 in the secondary section. There were state examinations up to Matriculation level (Year 11 equivalent).

In 1971, additional land was acquired and a new high school block was built. Long-range plans saw the school function solely as a secondary school from 1973. With the passing years, neighbouring properties have been bought until sufficient space was available to build a new wing containing additional classrooms, administration space and Industrial Technology workshops.  Today, our campus is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and can accommodate up to 250 students.

Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 2008, Departmental History

Floyd Greenleaf 2005, Timeline For Seventh-day Adventist Education, Journal of Adventist Education