Our History.

The new Richmond High School celebrates the return of a much missed local comprehensive co-education secondary school to Richmond. The school joins with Melbourne Girl’s College – on our former site – and Lynall Hall Community School in the provision of secondary education to our local community.

Richmond High School.

Richmond is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km south-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra.

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners. We recognise them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land. We acknowledge that these Traditional Owners have not ceded their sovereignty.

Following colonial settlement in 1835 Richmond was incorporated as a municipality in 1855, having split from the City of Melbourne on the same day as the neighbouring City of Collingwood. It became a town in 1872 and a city in 1882. Richmond was named after Richmond Hill, London.

Richmond has been integral to the development of Melbourne through many stages, colonial, post-colonial, industrial, two world wars, political machinations and various immigration waves. It has shared in Melbourne’s highs and lows. The suburb has always been diverse and has been the subject of gentrification since the mid 1970s and now contains an eclectic mix of expensively converted warehouse residences and apartments, public housing high-rise flats and beautiful homes from the Victorian-era.

Richmond has been served by a number of schools, from all sectors. The original Richmond High School opened its doors in 1967. The new Richmond High School opened in 2018. It is the view of the school and the community that this is the reopening of the school.

The original school had sixty-one boys and thirty-one girls and they were housed in four portable classrooms in the grounds of Brighton Street State Primary School. This is now Richmond Primary School. The new school had fifty boys and twenty-five girls and were in the ‘pop-up’ school at the Gleadell Campus.

Here is a photo of our Original Founders. We celebrate them.