Sport plays an integral part in school life at Maryborough State High, with its strong emphasis on understanding and appreciating personal fitness and participating and contributing to teamwork. Maryborough State High's sporting talent with its coaching and school representative opportunities has a long tradition of sporting excellence.
Maryborough State High has a focus on team sports throughout the year; these include but are not limited to Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Rules Football, Netball, Hockey, Futsal and the Human Powered Vehicle 24hr Race.
The school honours the tradition of eight original sporting houses from the Boys' and Girls' Grammar schools. The houses were named after former students and local dignitaries.
Glasgow: Sir Thomas William Glasgow - former student and Australian General
Melville: The Melville family - pioneer in Immigration to Maryborough
Morton: Mr H. G. S. (Gilbert) Morton - former student from a prominent legal family
Barton: Mr C. H. Barton - former student and teacher - founded the Fraser Coast Chronicle
Harrington: William Fredrick Harrington - President of the Chamber of Commerce
Hyne: Mr Richard Matthew Hyne was the Mayor of Maryborough
Horsburgh: The Horsburgh family - local business dynasty, specializing in hardware
Russell: Reputed to have reached the district with Andrew Petrie in 1842
Since the amalgamation of the school the houses have been combined resulting in the four sporting houses today.
Barton-Hyne, Glasgow-Horsburgh, Melville-Russell, Morton-Harrington
Fierce competition between the houses for the winning position exists every year.