Melbourne High School (MHS) is the only selective State School in Victoria for boys only in Years 9–12. The School continues to maintain its standing as one of the finest schools in Australia and develops the finest thinkers and leaders in Australia.
Melbourne High School traces its history back to 1854 and the establishment of the National Model School. In 1905, the School became the Continuation School and therefore proclaimed itself as the first state secondary school in Victoria. It is a statewide provider of broad academic education for boys in Years 9 to 12. The School has 1365 students, with approximately 340 students in each of four-year levels – year 9, year 10, year 11 and year 12. Admission to the School is by competitive examination with a small discretionary factor. A supplementary intake also takes place in Years 10, 11 and 12. Students are drawn from a very wide cultural and socio-economic background and come largely from the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne and inner country locations. It is this ongoing dynamic cultural mix that has remained a cornerstone of the School's success.
The School is in central Melbourne, in the City of Stonnington, and within the Southern Metropolitan Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
The School is located close to the Melbourne Central Business District and is impressively situated on a hill overlooking the leafy and attractive district of South Yarra. The School is adjacent to the Yarra River and on the corner of Chapel Street and Alexandra Avenue. It is well serviced by rail, tram and bus transport as well as bicycle paths and major roadways. Its location and the appearance of the spectacular "Castle On The Hill", have given the School a mystique that has added significantly to its ethos and its standing within the community.