The Ron Horan Room is the place where students, parents, staff, past Fortians and other members of the school community can engage directly with some of the Archives collection and Fort Street HighSchool’s history.
Ron Horan OAM was a Fortian (1940) who returned to be a teacher and deputy principal from 1950 to 1984 and served as the first Archivist. He wrote many books including on the history of Fort Street High School. The Ron Horan Room honours his crucial role and many achievements in building, preserving and promoting the school’s archives for many decades.
The Ron Horan Room represents the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for the Archives collection. Most of the collection is preserved in a climate-controlled repository in the Fortian Room and the Library Archives. A changing program of displays tells Fortian stories through documents, images and objects. Class and mentor groups make regular visits, whether for researching a project or simply to soak up some of the school’s past. A visit to the Ron Horan Room is often a part of alumni reunions and other events.
The Ron Horan Room refurbishment was generously donated by the Boys’ Class of 1955.