The College follows the Edmund Rice tradition.
The division into two St Joseph’s colleges help to foster the sporting focus, prioritising sport over scholarship. The ‘Battle of the Colours’ added to old school tie passion, based on traditional rivalry.
St Joseph's College was founded on 5 July 1875 by three Irish Christian Brothers, as both a day school and a boarding school. In 1891 the boarding school was moved to Nudgee and became St Joseph's College Nudgee. Brother James Barrett, the founding headmaster of the Gregory Terrace College, who arrived in Australia in 1871, established the traditional outlook.
"Our Proud Heritage" [https://web.archive.org/web/20071213211928/http://www.terrace.qld.edu.au/history.htm]. History. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
Boland, T. P. (Thomas Patrick). Gentlemen of Terrace: St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Boolarong, Moorooka, Qld, 2000.
Maher, L.R. (ed.) St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, 1875-1975, Henry Mullins Publishing, Brisbane Qld, 1975.
St Joseph's College snaps up inner-Brisbane property. The Courier Mail.