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Modbury High School opened in 1965 with a total of seven teachers and 97 students who were all in Year 8. The facilities of the school were shared with Modbury South Primary School. The first matriculation (Year 12) class was formed in 1970.

The students were taught in what is still the main building, a traditional 1960s E-shaped structure. It accommodated a maximum of 850 students but in 1972, a peak enrolment of 1383 saw the introduction of transportable classrooms.

In 2022 Modbury High School has 819 students enrolled.

Modbury High School Principals

Name: Years active:
Mr A.G. Strawbridge 1965 - 1975
Mr J.G. Deer 1976 - 1985
Mr R.M. Hill 1986 - 1999
Mrs G.J Strudwick 2000 - 2009
Mr M.J.C. Rumsby 2010 - 2016
Ms J. Costa 2017 - Present