The Hobart Junior Technical School was opened in 1919 in Bathurst Street Hobart. It started with an enrolment of fifty boys with five staff. The school offered a course of two years study only. However, 1925 saw it expand to a three year Intermediate Certificate of three years duration. In 1947 the school leaving age was raised to sixteen and so the four year Schools Board Course was offered.
When the school moved to is present site in 1952 Matriculation classes were started. The move also saw the school change its name to the Hobart Technical High School.
With the formation of separate Matriculation Colleges, the last Matriculation Classes at Hobart Technical high school were held in 1961. This was also the last year in which selective entry was the criteria for entry in to the school. With these changes came the adoption of the school’s current name in 1962 as it became a regional comprehensive high school.
When the school moved to the New Town site, its numbers steadily increased rising to its maximum of over 1200 students in 1970, due to Elizabeth Street High School being closed and converted in to a Matriculation College.
Today, New Town High School is a medium sized school, catering for years 7 – 10, offering quality education for boys in courses which lead the way in Tasmanian education.