Muirden College was established by Mr William Muirden in the late 1800s. He believed that a school should offer general educational subjects as well as vocational subjects. From its inception, Muirden College enjoyed a high standing within the community.
The original prospectus of the college advertised day and evening classes and correspondence lessons in Shorthand, Typewriting and Business Routine, in addition to ‘All subjects necessary to a thorough English education’. The College aimed to prepare students for examinations in the Civil Service, University Preliminary, Junior, Senior, Pharmacy and Teaching.
The College openned on the 9th of July, 1900 in two rooms at Ware Chambers in Grote Street, with just twelve day and one evening students. Three months later Muirden students dominated the top positions at the Public Service Examinations. Two years after opening it had to move to larger premises at Currie Chambers in Currie Street and remained there for five years until a building was erected in Grote Street (now the Hilton Hotel).