PHOTO: Bob Hawke moved into this home in West Leederville in 1939 when he was just nine years old, after moving to Perth with his parents. ABC News: Madeline Palmer

A new high school in Western Australia will be named Bob Hawke College after the late former prime minister.

Key points:

  • The school is being built on the former Kitchener Park in Subiaco and is due to open in 2020
  • The former PM grew up and went to school nearby
  • Education Minister Sue Ellery said the decision to name it after Mr Hawke was hers

As the State Government released a new computer generated fly-through video of what the secondary college, currently being built on the former Kitchener Park site in Subiaco, would look like, WA Premier Mark McGowan joined Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to announce its official name.

“Bob grew up across the train tracks right there, he went to West Leederville Primary and he went to Perth Mod each day to go to high school,” Mr McGowan said.

“So obviously building a brand-new inner-city school where Bob’s life and formative years were and naming it after Bob Hawke I think is entirely appropriate.”