Orchid Park began in January 1999 on the premises of Woodlands Ring Secondary School with a staff of 16 and a student population of 360. On 13 September 1999 the school moved to its own premises at 10, Yishun Street 81.
The official opening of the school took place on 21 April 2001, led by Tan Boon Wan, Member of Parliament for the Ang Mo Kio GRC.
It was decided that a grand arts event be held every three years. Arts Panache I on the theme 'Love and Peace' was held on 3 April 2004, and Arts Panache II, a musical entitled 'Club Soul', took place on 13 and 14 April 2007. On 13 April 2002 the Art Gallery was opened, featuring art pieces by pupils.
The school's first venture into business enterprise, the Art Rock Cafe, was officially declared open on 13 April 2002. It is a business run by pupils after school hours. To provide more opportunities for pupils to develop entrepreneurial skills Le Shoppe was opened on 8 April 2005. Another manifestation of business enterprise in the school is The Wardrobe, equipped with period and dance costumes available on-line for loan to other schools.
Orchid Park Secondary School allows students to have mobile telephones at school, but only in certain areas of the school, and they must be turned off or set to silent during lesson time.
The school has introduced the Self-Improvement Programme (SIP), which replaced detention classes. In the SIP, students (most of whom have broken the school rules) study or revise for two hours. Boys who choose to skip the SIP receive corporal punishment. This consists of a number of strokes of the cane applied to the seat of the student's trousers as he bends over. Girls who skip SIP do work such as the cleaning of toilets and classrooms. Otherwise, more SIP hours would be added to the student's record.
- 1999 - 2007 - Mr Low Eng Kee
- 2008 - 2013 - Mrs Helen Tan-Lee
- 2014–Present - Mr Shawal bin Hussin
- JingXuan Phoebe