Christchurch Boys' High School

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Christchurch Boys' High School
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The school's main entrance
Christchurch Boys' High School
71 Straven Road


New Zealand
Coordinates 43°31′29″S172°35′57″E / 43.5246°S 172.5992°E / -43.5246; 172.5992 Coordinates: 43°31′29″S172°35′57″E / 43.5246°S 172.5992°E / -43.5246; 172.5992
Type State school, Day and Boarding school
Motto Latin: Altiora Peto
(I Seek Higher Things)
Established18 May 1881 (1881-05-18)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 327
HeadmasterNicholas Hill
Years 913
Gender Boys
School roll1390 [1] (March 2021)
Campus size12-hectare
Houses  Deans
Colour(s)Blue and Black   
SongThe School We Magnify
Socio-economic decile10Z [2]
NewspaperBlue & Black News

Christchurch Boys' High School, often referred to as CBHS, is a single sex state secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated on a 12-hectare (30-acre) site between the suburbs of Riccarton and Fendalton, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the west of central Christchurch. The school also provides boarding facilities for 130 boys in a residence called Adams House located about 500 metres (1,600 ft) to the east. The school's colours are deep blue and black with an occasional flash of gold.



Christchurch Boys' High in July 2012 Christchurch Boys' High 01.jpg
Christchurch Boys' High in July 2012

Established in 1881, the prime purpose of Christchurch Boys' High School was to prepare students for enrolment into the then newly formed Canterbury College, now known as the University of Canterbury. [3] Consequently, it was initially co-located with the College in downtown Christchurch, at the site of the modern-day Christchurch Arts Centre. As the university and school expanded, the school moved to its present location on Straven Road in 1926. [4] The school's present site was originally a farm owned by Canterbury's pioneer settlers, the Deans, and several buildings from the Deans' farm still stand on the grounds. The school's main building is registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I heritage building, with registration number 3658. [5]

Christchurch Boys' High School has a rich sporting and academic history and boasts many traditions. The school has produced many All Blacks, with only Auckland Grammar School having produced more. The school can also lay claim to several famous cricketers. There is a unique ANZAC Day service each year that is compulsory for new students of the school to attend to commemorate the hundreds of Old Boys' that fought and died in the two World Wars. The school song 'Altiora Peto' has a third verse that is only heard on this day. In 2004 CBHS provided 2 of New Zealands 'top scholars', one of only 3 schools to do so with the other two both being girls-only schools in the Auckland region. [6]

Of note is the fierce rivalry Boys' High has with Christ's College and the annual Christ's College/Boys' High rugby match is a major event in any calendar year. This rivalry harks back over a hundred years to when the schools were not only the first two all male schools to be founded in Canterbury, but also conveniently situated within 100 m (330 ft) of each other.

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The new hall opening September, 2017

Of late, the school's cultural activities have gained some prominence, in particular its dramatic and musical productions [7] where it often joins forces with its sister school, Christchurch Girls' High School.

Notable alumni

Christchurch Boys HS 2006 Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament champions at Global Arena Chchrch Boys 2006 Sanix Champions.jpg
Christchurch Boys HS 2006 Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament champions at Global Arena





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Aerial view of CBHS, December 2005



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CBHS vs. Nagasaki Kita HS  [ ja ], Global Arena, 2006

Christchurch Boys' High has one of the richest sporting alumni of any school in New Zealand, having produced the Hadlee brothers (cricket) and numerous All Black rugby footballers (46 in total) [13] [ better source needed ] who have gone on to represent New Zealand with great distinction.







Lawn Bowls

Rugby Union


  • Jeff Judd - 2009 Pirelli Star Co-Driver, 2011 PWRC Competitor, 2010 Silver Fern Rally Winner [16]




  • Paul Coll – Commonwealth games silver medallist 2018


See also


  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  2. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. Cresswell, Douglas (1956). Eight Christchurch Schools. Christchurch: The Pegasus Press. p. 5. As quoted in Mercurio, Joseph A. (1972), Caning: Educational Ritual (PDF), Syracuse University, p. 6, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-13
  4. CBHS 2004 Prospectus Archived 2004-05-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Christchurch Boys' High School (Main Block)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand . Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. CBHS. "Top Scholars Announced" . Retrieved 2006-07-11.[ dead link ]
  7. On Chunuk Bair. p7: The Christchurch Press. 2002-08-27.CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. Gustafson 1986, p. 299.
  9. Gustafson 1986, p. 311.
  10. "David Francis Caygill". Christchurch Boys' High School. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. "Charles Seymour Luney (Chas), QSO, CNZM 1905–2006". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  12. "Christopher Luxon". Crunchbase. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  14. "Daniel Whitehouse". ipc-sport. Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  15. "New Zealand Hockey Representatives - Men". Hockey New Zealand. 31 March 2020.
  16. Whitten, Peter (4 October 2017). "Interview: NZ rally legend Jeff Judd". RallySport Magazine.

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