Footscray High School opened in temporary accommodation in January 1954, moving into a new building on Wembley Avenue a few months later. Although the site was in Yarraville, it was officially known as Footscray High. The school was rebadged as Footscray Yarraville Secondary College in 1990, but declining enrolments led to its closure in 1996. It was sold and demolished soon after to make way for a housing estate. Not to be confused with the current Footscray High School, which opened in 2019.


Footscray High School then


Footscray High School now


Among its many prominent ex-students was Lynne Kosky, a reforming Education Minister in the Bracks Labor Government elected in 1999.

The current Footscray High School opened in 2019, following the merger of Footscray City College (formerly Footscray Technical School) and Gilmore College for Girls (formerly Footscray Girls High School). Same name, but no relationship.


Footscray High School AKA Footscray/Yarraville Secondary College – private Facebook group

Footscray High School – Class of ’83 – Facebook group