Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School was founded in 1961. As the school was still under construction, it operated in the shared premises of Clementi Middle School in Fortress Hill Road. It moved to its present premises at 42 Chai Wan Road of Chai Wan in the autumn of 1964 and was officially opened on 19 November 1964. It was the first government secondary school opened on Hong Kong Island after the Second World War, and was the first government secondary school not named after a member of the British Royal Family or a philanthropist.
In 1961, SGSS established on borrowed premises of Clementi Middle School with only 6 classrooms. The school officially opened by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Trench in 1964.
The first batch of students sit for Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination in 1966. In the same year, Form 6 Arts and Science classes were introduced. Furthermore, The first Annual Speech Day, Annual Swimming Gala and Annual Athletics Meet were held subsequently in 1967.
In 1968, the first batch of students sit for Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination . s and are set up. A new subject, Economics and Public Affairs, was introduced. In 1969, the first Parents' Night was held.
Integrated Science Pilot Scheme for Form 1 were introduced in 1973. The school library expanded with recruitment of teacher librarian in 1978. SSPA was introduced in the same year mentioned. Moreover, special classes for maladjusted children were implemented. JSEA was introduced in 1979.
The Extracurricular Activities Co-ordination Committee was set up in 1982. Human Biology, Economics and Moral Education were introduced in the same year.
In 1983, special classes were totally phased out. There are 29 classes in the school and streaming in Form 4 was started.
In 1984, Computer Studies was introduced. In 1985, Civic Education was introduced. In the same year, the school was visited by the Governor of Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde.
The school celebrated its silver jubilee in 1986. The opening ceremony of open day and Treeplanting Ceremony was officiated by Michael Leung, Director of Education. The 25th Anniversary School Magazine was published. Sex Education was introduced in the same year.
Putonghua lessons for S.1 and S.2 students were introduced. Moreover, the Reading Award Scheme organised by Library Committee was introduced too.
The Students' Association was formed in 1990. Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School had his 30th Anniversary in 1991. The 30th Anniversary School Magazine was published. The Cake-Cutting Ceremony on Speech Day was officiated by John Winfield, Deputy Director of Education.
In 1992, SMI was being implemented. Health Education was introduced.
The School Advisory Council was formed in 1993. The school mission statement and goals were formulated in the same year. The Parent-Teacher Association was formed. Environmental Education was introduced and the Chinese Instrumental Group was set up.
In 1995, SGSS celebrated its 35th Anniversary. W. K. Lam, Director of Education, was invited to visit SGSS. The Cake-Cutting Ceremony at Speech Day was officiated by Professor Rosie Young, HKU. Furthermore, in 1996, the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Open Day was officiated by Mr S. T. Kwan, Assistant Director of Education, and the 35th Anniversary School Magazine was published.
In 1997, the SGSS Alumni Association was formed.
In 1999, the Central Broadcasting System was set up. The Hall Lighting and Sound System was improved to a higher standard. The School Intranet was set up. In the same year, the Information Technology Room was opened and began to operate.
SGSS celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2000. Air-conditioning was installed in the hall. Moreover, a new subject, Mathematics & Statistics, was introduced.
SGSS celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2005. A music concert was organized on 7 July, 2006 in to celebrate this special occasion.
The school has a total of 31 classrooms , 3 prefabricated rooms, an Information Technology Room, a Multi-Media Learning Centre, 4 laboratories and 6 special rooms . In addition, the school has a library, a school hall, 2 staffrooms , a general office, a garden, a courtyard, a basketball court and a football pitch. In the new annex, there is a Conference Room, a Computer-Assisted Learning Room, a Language Room, a Student Activity Centre, an English Room, a Careers Library, a Social Worker’s Room and a Music Practice and Activities Room.
The SGSS Alumni Association was formed in 1997 by a group of F.6 and F.7 students. In 2002, a Council was added to the structure of the Association in order to play the role of an advisor, as well as a monitor.
*Elvis Au Wai Kwong - Director of Environmental Protection,Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong Government
* - Senior Counsel; Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association from 2003 to 2005.
*Chan Kin Shek - Head of Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong Government
*Allan Chiang Yam Wang - Former , Hong Kong Government
*Dr. Leonard Chow Kwun Hung - Former chairman of Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings
*Frederick Fung Kin Kee - Legislator; Chairman of Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood
*Susan Ha Lau Yuen Yung - Coordinating Manager, Yijin Project; Principal of CCC Kung Lee College
*Ho Wai Lung - former Resident Director, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre; Artistic Director and Executive Director, Wan Chai Theatre
*Peter Lee Chung Hing - Deputy Managing Director, Citic Pacific
*Dr. Hon. Joseph Lee Kok Long - Health Services ; Assistant Professor & Programme Leader, Nursing Department, the Open University of Hong Kong
*Lui Shan - Canto-pop Singer
*Norman Lo Shung Man JP - Director-General of Civil Aviation, , Hong Kong Government
*Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun Kai - Director of Against Child Abuse
* - Canto-pop singer
*Professor Tse Shek Kam - Professor and Associate , Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong
*Andy Wong Ting Lam - Resident Choreographer and Dancer, DanceArt Hong Kong
*Stanley Wong Yuen Fai - Director & Deputy General Manager, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
*Dr. LEE Tsz Cheung - Scientific Officer , Hong Kong Observatory
*Professor Yung Kai Leung - One of the principal inventors of the Mars Rock Corer which was carried by Beagle 2 in 2003 to sample the soil on Mars; Professor and Associate Head, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
*Andrew CHIU Ka-Yin - District Councillor , Eastern District Council; Member of Youth Committee, the Democratic Party Hong Kong
*In HKCEE 2006, a total of 148 distinctions and 712 credits were obtained.9 4.4% of the 231 students passed in five or more subjects. 68.4% of them scored 14 points or more in the best 6 subjects.
*In HKALE 2006, 56 Form 7 students scored a total of 21 distinctions and 129 credits. 89% of these students were offered places for degree courses at local universities.
*The school's Underwater Robot Team competed with teams from the USA and Canada in June and won 3 major awards - the ''Highest-scoring Rookie Award'', the ''Judges' Choice Award'' and the ''Best Poster Award''.