Birkenhead College (known initially as Birkdale College) is a state co-educational secondary school which opened in February 1972 with a starting roll of 190 Form 3 students.
The school was officially opened by Sir Dennis Blundell, Governor-General in February 1973.
The residential growth of the surrounding area grew the student roll to 1169 and 71 teachers in 1982. The early developmental years firmly established a culture that expected each person in the school to gain the highest qualifications possible and to treat others with kindness, consideration and respect.
Today those basic expectations have not changed.
Mr Brian Gerrard, the foundation principal retired in 1986.
Mr Jim Mathewson was principal from 1987 until 2016.
Mr Craig Waller is the current principal.