Fort Street High School was established in 1849. As the oldest selective high school Fort Street has a unique place in history of the State of NSW, having educated and nurtured some of the most prominent and influential citizens in Australia. Fort Street is acknowledged as epitomising and espousing the following: academic excellence individualism multiculturalism tolerance social and political awareness and responsibility the liberal tradition of a broad based education and educational philosophy, and a strong sense of tradition, embodied in the saying, Once a Fortian, always a Fortian.