Campbell High School opened in 1965 and has maintained a tradition of excellence since that time. During these years the school has continued its focus on academic achievement and development. The school is at the base of Mount Ainslie and is straddled by the Australian War Memorial and CSIRO buildings. The school has an open, welcoming feel and has a great view across the Parliamentary Triangle.
The School maintains strong links with the Clan Campbell of Scotland. Both the suburb and the school take their name from Robert Campbell who settled the area in the early 1820s. The Campbell heritage colours of blue, green, white and yellow are reflected in the uniform, colour code and individual house colours. The four houses are named after prominent Australians with significant education links – Daley, Dickson, Lind and Stephens.
The School crest and motto are also taken from those of the Clan Campbell. The crest which is believed to have originated in the 5th century, features the boar’s head that symbolises the Celtic legend of Diarmid O’Duibhne (an ancestor of the Argyll Campbells) who killed a fierce boar that had been ravaging his area. The boar was viewed as a fierce combatant, one that never ceases to fight. In the crest, it is encircled by a fess, a girdle of honour with the motto – Ne Obliviscaris – advising people "Do Not Forget!"