The Federal Government College, Ilorin opened on February 15, 1973, on a temporary site along Lagos Road. On admission were 145 Students made up of 116 boys and 29 girls, most of them were registered for Form One but a few came in for the sixth-form (HSC).
In September 1976, the School moved to its 80-hectare permanent site along Ilorin-Igbeti Road. With the constraints of space removed, the Institution was able to embark on a more rapid process of expansion, a trend that has continued. The founding Principal of the School was Mr. A. Bola Olaniyan. He stayed on to nurture the school till November 1977.
ROLL CALL OF COLLEGE PRINCIPALS
The roll call of college principals from inception to date are:
Mr. A. Bola Olaniyan.1973 to 1977
Mr. T.A. Adeniye 1977 to1979
Mr. G.C. Oniko 1979 to 1985
Mr.J.O.Abolade 1985 to 1989
Mr. E.O Oyelakin 1989 to 1991
Dr. S.A.B.A. Atolagbe 1991 to 1995
Alh. S.A. Ladan 1995 to 1998
Alh. H.I.B. Monite 1998 to 2003
Mr. O.M. Olokun 2003 to 2007
Ag:- Principal Mrs. Owolabi A.A. 2007 to 2008
Mrs. Adekoya A.O. 2008 till Date.