In 1876 a new public school was built as well as a teachers' residence on a site behind the present high school in Regent Street to accommodate the expansion of the railway line to Kogarah and beyond. The railway line was a great influence on Kogarah High School as it enabled easy travel for students from neighbouring suburbs and enrolments subsequently increased.
1891 saw the construction of the older half of the present senior school. Here is an architect's description of the building contained in Department of Education records. 'The building is of Jacobean type, built of buff bricks, with dark brick and stone dressings and roofed with red Marseilles tiles.'