The founding of the school, which was situated at the present Air force Base, started with 18 girls and Miss. I M Truter as teacher. Fourteen years later on 1 October 1965 an official commercial High School started with 238 learners, 11 staff members and the principal, Mr P K Dreyer. On 1 July 1970 Mr Dreyer was succeeded by a new principal, Mr J Collins. The school was originally controlled by the Department of National Education but was taken over by the Transvaal Education Department in 1974. Originally only Gr. 10 pupils were admitted but in January 1973, Gr. 8 pupils were also allowed to be admitted. This caused an increase in numbers from 248 pupils in 1966 to 600 pupils in 1977.

From 1981 the school was exempted from external examination. This caused a positive result on the enrolment of the school. On 1 January 1985 Mr J Collins retired and was replaced by Mr N C van der Walt. In 1990 the numbers of the school increased to 623 learners. The name of the school was changed from Hoër Handelskool to Hoërskool Noorderland in 1991.

On 1 January 1991 another study area was added to the Economical study courses, namely Social studies and on 1 January 1992 all the Natural Science courses were also incorporated into the school’s curriculum. This resulted in a further increase in learner numbers and the number of boys increased to 170 in 1992. Ever since, there has been a steady increase in the number of boys being admitted to the school. Mr N C van der Walt retired at the end of July 1998 as a result of ill health and was succeeded by Mr S P Schoeman as principal. In the year 2000 the Department started negotiations with the School Governing Body to change to a parallel medium school.

In January 2001 the first group of English First Language of 42 learners were admitted to the school to grade 8 with the vision of admitting two English classes per year. After sick leave of 5 months in 2001, Mr S P Schoeman retired at the end of December 2001. Mr A Bouwer took over as acting principal in the beginning of 2002. The final closing of the hostels in 2002 took place because of the dwindling numbers of learners and the termination of hostel staff salaries. On 1 July 2004 Mr A Bouwer was permanently appointed as principal of Noorderland High School.