Christian Brothers College Fremantle, a Catholic school in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, specialises in boys' secondary education from years 7-12. The College traces its roots back to 1882 when the Fremantle Catholic Boys' School was first opened in High Street in Edmund Hall, which is still standing on the school grounds. A change in the colony's Education Act in 1895 meant that all financial support for church based schools was withdrawn.
The religious order of Christian Brothers was invited to take charge of the Parish School and to establish a High School for the education of boys in Fremantle. In the year of Australia's Federation in January 1901, the first group of Brothers took over caring for what was then known as St Patrick's Boys' School.