Established in 1928, Gosford High became a regional selective school in 1989 and currently draws its students from as far afield as Sydney and Newcastle. Students are generally selected on the basis of academic aptitude and commitment to their studies.
Facilities: Modern library and resource centre, new science labs, food technology laboratory, timber terracing in the COLA and CAPA technology, vocational resources unit, assembly hall, playing fields, three-hectare school farm, applied learning centre, computer hubs and rooms. The local community makes extensive use of all school facilities.
Electives: The curriculum, although catering for the academic needs of a selective school, features a broad range of subjects including Visual Arts, Music, French, German, Japanese, Indonesian, Agriculture, Drama, Business Studies and Computing Studies.
Sport: Gosford High has an outstanding sporting tradition with students competing at regional, state and national levels.
Extracurricular activities: Choir, Mock Trial, big band, orchestra, drama, debating, public speaking, Tournament of Minds, chess and science clubs. There are also farm-based activities such as the cattle club, which presents animals at district shows and offers guided tours of the farm, and the bee club. There is a successful creative and performing arts program; every two years the school presents
a major production.
Welfare and personal development: As the original high school on the Central Coast, the school maintains many proud traditions, such as a hall of honour, compulsory school uniforms, prefect, house captain and SRC systems, and a school house structure.
Famous ex-students: Professor C Renwick, Professor J Mack, Sir Arthur Tang, Caroline Jones, Alan Davidson, Billy Dunk, Professor Richard Waterhouse, John Dauth.