A BIG milestone calls for big celebrations and Naracoorte High School's weekend of events to mark its centenary did not disappoint.
From its humble beginnings in the 1900s as a single classroom on a hill, the school has grown into a facility the community can be proud of.
About 350 registered guests came from all over Australia, as far as Queensland and Western Australia, to catch up with old scholars and teachers over the three day festivities.
Centenary organiser Carol Bennier said it was a great success, despite the hot weather being a slight deterrent.
"It was exactly what we were hoping for," she said. "I have had some great feedback and some apologies from those who could not make it."
"There were some people there who had not seen each other for 40-odd years so they were thrilled to catch up."
Starting on Friday night with the centenary launch and exhibition opening at the Naracoorte Art Gallery, over 100 people attended to appraise the artwork on display created by past and present students and teachers.
On Saturday an open day was held at the school which saw visitors coming and going all morning and afternoon for school tours before most stuck around for a variety night that evening.
Held in Williamson Hall, close to 300 people enjoyed mingling, listening to the guest speakers and testing their school knowledge. Peter Grieve kept everyone entertained as the master of ceremonies and the formalities were opened by former school principal Murray Burdett.
Guest speakers included media advisor and former journalist Lucy Hood and local ABC presenter Lucy Childs and there were musical performances by current music students as well as a film presentation by Reg Pallant.
The final event was on Sunday morning when a well site plaque was unveiled at Policeman's Paddock.
About 40 old scholars and teachers went to watch local historian Judy Murdoch unveil the plaque to commemorate the school's history.
Mrs Murdoch's book on the history of Naracoorte High School from 1909 called "The more things change..." is available for $20 from the high school and the Sheep's Back Museum. Anyone with any corrections for the book can phone Carol Bennier on 0428 858 505 within the next two weeks.