Gladstone State High is held in high regard within the Gladstone community. It was founded in 1953, offering a year 8-12 curriculum that is now 7-12 and has an enrolment of approx. 1550 students. The school is recognized for providing a range of opportunities to students which develop their potential for outstanding achievement both within and beyond the formal curriculum: namely
The school motto is "Sic itur ad astra", which means "To reach for the stars".