East View Secondary School was founded on 2 January 1987 at Tampines Secondary School, occupying 14 classrooms in the afternoon session. The school had 4 Express stream and 6 Normal stream classes, taught by 13 teachers and 4 admin staff.
Six months later, the school shifted to its new premises at 3 Tampines Street 42 (3 bus stops away from Tampines bus interchange) in June 1987 but was not officially opened until 24 March 1990 by the late Dr. Tay Eng Soon, then Senior Minister Of State for Education and Member of Parliament for Eunos GRC. The occasion was commemorated by the school with a $1000 donation to the The Community Chest of Singapore and $1000 to the National Kidney Foundation. The school has also contributed to many public events.