History of Monterey

In 1993, Monterey Secondary College was formed as a merger between the old Monterey High School established in 1967 and Monterey Technical school in 1968, serving the demand for secondary education in Frankston North, Carrum Downs and Seaford. The current Monterey Secondary College is located on the grounds of the old Technical School.

In the early 1990’s a decision was made to merge the High School with the Technical school, following the statewide decline in attendance at technical schools. The merger of the two schools took place in 1993, with Monterey Secondary College adopted as the new name of the school. The merger of the schools was completed in 1994. The Technical School grounds became the site of the newly formed school, with the High School closed in 1995, being redeveloped into a community park.

The College continued to be developed through the 1990’s, with a new multi-purpose gym being constructed, and the former gymnasium redeveloped into a Dance and Drama Centre. A theatre and art, computer, science and textile classrooms were also added.

In 2000’s, computer labs were introduced to the school and the canteen was redeveloped into a 50’s style American Diner. In 2012, a $2 million science centre was constructed in conjunction with the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution program.

In 2017, the College will continue to be developed with the construction and refurbishment of classrooms, library and administrative buildings.

Throughout the years, the College has educated a number of notable alumni, including

  • Glenn Aitken, Mayor of Frankston 2006-2007
  • Bruce Billison, Member of Parliament representing the Division of Dunkley 1996-2016, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs 2006-2007 and Minister for Small Business 2013-2015
  • Nathan Burke, player, Captain, and Director of the St Kilda Football Club
  • Ebony Butler, award-winning filmmaker and human rights activist
  • Lisa Campbell (nee Bryant), badminton player representing Australia at Commonwealth and
  • Olympic Games and 1994 Commonwealth Gold Medalist
  • Shaun Carney, journalist and Chief Political Columnist of the Age and Adjunct Professor in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University
  • Simon King, Australian Cycling Champion
  • Stephen Foster, international triathlete inducted into the Australian Triathlon Hall of Fame
  • Russell Greene, AFL player with St Kilda and Hawthorn Football Clubs
  • Craig Semple, commercial and corporate lawyer and partner of law firm Gilbert + Tobin
  • Jackie Woodburne, actor, currently playing Susan Kennedy of the soap opera Neighbours
  • Natalie Plane, AFLW player with Carlton Football Club