Our Catholic co-educational Boarding college, in the Diocese of Rockhampton, was opened in 1991 fulfilling the dream of Bishop Bernard Wallace, 8th Bishop of Rockhampton and a strong supporter of Catholic education.

Whilst the story of The Cathedral College officially begins with the opening of the College on Monday 4 February 1991, the rich heritage on which the new College was founded dates back many years.

The Cathedral College was a vision for the future, tasked with upholding the tradition of Catholic education excellence established by two iconic Central Queensland schools.  St Joseph’s Christian Brothers College (CBC) and the Sisters of Mercy Our Lady of Good Counsel College (Range College) educated young people for almost 100 years before both Colleges closed at the end of the school year in 1990.

The Cathedral College is built on the site of the former CBC. Visible links to CBC remain in the statue of the College’s patron saint, St Joseph, the Murlay Building and two stained-glass windows retrieved from the Christian Brothers Residence installed in the current Centre of Teaching and Learning Excellence.

The Range College was renowned across Central Queensland as an excellent Boarding school for girls.  Over 100 Girl Boarders continue to board in the Range’s Coolock and Genazzano Buildings in Agnes Street as Boarders of The Cathedral College.

The legacy of the Sisters of Mercy continues to flourish.  In 2001 the College offered Boys Boarding accommodation in Spencer Street and then later in Upper Dawson Road and in 2014 Boys Boarding moved to the new purpose built, state of the art facility located on the College grounds in Derby Street.

The six College houses Rice, McAuley, Wallace, Glover, Quinn and Ryan honour the deep connection to the ancestral heritage. The Houses are named after Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, Venerable Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Bishop Bernard Wallace who was the inspiration behind The Cathedral College, Miss Margaret Glover, second last principal of Our Lady’s Convent School, and the last Principal of CBC (Brother Luke Quinn) and the last Principal of the Range College (Sr Andrina Ryan RSM.)

When it opened its doors in 1991, the College had an enrolment of 340 Year 8 – 10 students and in 1993 the first Senior Class of The Cathedral College graduated.

Today the College continues to offer a high quality, faith-based education from Years 7-12 and enrolments have grown to over 1300 students. This is testament to the strong foundations laid in the early years of the College, the extraordinary Vision of successive Principals and Leadership teams, the dedication and professionalism of thousands of committed teachers and support staff, the positive engagement with generations of parents who have enthusiastically embraced the College’s core values of gratitude, respect and compassion and of course the wonderful students who each and every year have been outstanding ambassadors for the College, both in their time at the College and in their post College achievements.

The current members of our College community and those who will become part of that community in the years ahead will continue to write new and vibrant chapters in the ongoing story of The Cathedral College.

It will be an inspiring story of a Catholic College offering a broad, inclusive and holistic education that nourishes the hearts, minds and souls of young people in a safe and caring environment where the past is honoured, the present is celebrated and the future is envisioned


  • Mr Robert J White (Foundation Principal) 1991-1994
  • Miss Leesa M Jeffcoat 1995-1998
  • Mrs Christine Ryan 1998-1999
  • Br L Ted Magee cfc 2000-2002
  • Mr Mark Stower 2003-2009
  • Mr Rob Alexander 2010 – Current

College Duces

  • Ben Ross, 1993
  • Benjamin Ryan, 1994
  • Carl Daniels, 1995
  • Adam Michael, 1996
  • Kala Heinemann, 1997
  • Joshua Ryan, 1997
  • Joshua Ross, 1998
  • Yilan Zhou, 1999
  • Sarah Beavan, 2000
  • Michael Bond, 2001
  • Gerard Hinchliffe, 2001
  • Reuben Jahnke, 2002
  • Stacey Rigney, 2003
  • Amber Saxty, 2004
  • Hamish McNeill, 2005
  • Patrick Stockall, 2006
  • Robert Harris, 2007
  • Stuart Craig, 2008
  • Caitlin Farrell, 2009
  • Travis Duff, 2010
  • Justin Turner, 2011
  • Gabriella Crow, 2012
  • Clancie Rogers, 2013
  • Daniel Mellish, 2014
  • Alice Leerentveld, 2015
  • Elizabeth Willer, 2016
  • Madeleine Griffin, 2017
  • Anry van Zyl, 2018
  • Natalie Tighe, 2019
  • Isabella Arthur, 2020
  • Grace Crow, 2021