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.

In its planning, 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 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 St Joseph’s Christian Brothers College. Visible links to our predecessor college 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 2003 the College offered Boarding accommodation to Boys in Upper Dawson Road and in 2014 Boys Boarding moved to the new purpose built, state of the art facility built on 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 two last principals of each predecessor College, Brother Luke Quinn and Sr Andrina Ryan RSM.

The College opened in 1991 with an enrolment of 340 Year 8 – 10 students and in 1993 the first Senior Class of The Cathedral College graduated. The College has grown significantly with enrolments of over 1300 in Years 7 – 12.

The Cathedral College offers a broad, inclusive and holistic education nourishing the hearts, minds and souls of young people, carrying on traditions from the past to educate, care and encourage young people today.


  • 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