Mercedes College was established in 1954 when the Sisters of Mercy purchased the property which included the gracious family home, Strathspey.
The purchase of the property brought to fruition a dream to find a healthier and more open environment for the boarding students of St Alysious College as there was little remaining space at the city site.
Today, Mercedes offers contemporary quality learning facilities with wide open spaces and beautiful gardens.
The property on which the College stands was originally part of Springfield Estate and was sold to Mr John Duncan who built the gracious family home, Strathspey, for his family.
In 1927 the property became a residential college for the University of Adelaide, and was re-named St Andrew’s College. It proved to be too far from the University and was sold to an Adelaide businessman, Mr F Cornell as a private residence just prior to World War II.
The Cornell family restored the house to its original splendour and established it as an artistic centre where many famous artists, actors and musicians were guests. Following the death of her husband in 1947, Mrs Cornell decided to sell the property.
The property was purchased by the Sisters of Mercy in 1953 and they began building their new school. At this time the Sisters were seeking a new day and boarding school for girls as there was little remaining space at St Aloysius College in the city.
Its purchase brought to fruition a dream of finding a healthier and more open environment for the students. The first day scholars accepted were girls from Year 1 to Year 11 and boys from Year 1 to Year 3. A small number of matriculation boarders went into St Aloysius each day to complete their schooling.
A crowd of 5000 people gathered for the laying of the Foundation Stone on 2 August, 1953. On 9 February, 1954 Mercedes College opened as a day and boarding school with 144 students from grades 1 to 11.
In 1975 the boarding school closed due to economic difficulties and in the following year the school became co-educational. Today Mercedes College remains a Reception to Year 12 co-educational school in the Mercy tradition with 1250 students including 70 international students.
Information Sourced from: http://www.mercedes.catholic.edu.au/about-mercedes/about-mercedes/college-history/