Brisbane State High School was founded on 1 July 1921, following the amalgamation of the Central Technical College High School, the Brisbane Junior State High School, and the High Top at Wynnum State School.
Since its inception in 1921, Brisbane State High School has come to symbolise and exemplify the excellence of state school education. Students are surrounded by possibility and opportunity in many diverse areas of academia, sport, culture, international experience and community responsibility.
In its first terms, 490 students received instruction in the buildings of the old Normal School on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets, Brisbane. From the beginning, this site was unsuitable and construction soon began on a new school.
On 1 January 1925, the new academic year began in the Red Brick Building at the southern end of Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.
Foundation Principal, Mr Isaac Waddle, guided the school for the first 24 years and established many of its characteristics including the high academic reputation of the school.
In the decades since 1921, the school has grown dramatically, with a current population of approximately 3,150 students housed on two campus sites on Vulture and Merivale Streets.
In 2015, we open a third campus on Edmondstone Street to house our Year 7 students for the first year of Year 7 joining high school. Following the completion of our state-of-the-art Kurilpa Building (I Block) on the Merivale Street Campus, our Year 7 students have joined the rest of our students on Merivale Street and Vulture Street Campuses and the Edmondstone Street site has been reverted back into a carpark.