Shirley Boys' High School

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Shirley Boy's High School
Shirley Boys' High School
209 Travis Road
New Zealand
TypeState single sex boys secondary (Year 9–13)
MottoInterest Omnium Recte Facere
(It is in the interest of all to do what is right)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 321
PrincipalTim Grocott
School roll1322 [1] (March 2021)
Socio-economic decile6N [2]

Shirley Boys' High School (known as SBHS) is a single sex state (public) secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was originally situated on a 6 hectare site in the suburb of Shirley, but in April 2019 moved, along with Avonside Girls' High School, further east to the former QEII Park, 8.6 kilometres from the city centre. [3]


The school colours are sky blue and gold.

Brief history

Parents in the eastern and northern suburbs of Christchurch had wanted single-sex education for their sons. In 1957, this finally became available when the school opened under its first Headmaster, Charles Gallagher.

Established on a swampy paddock formerly used for grazing horses to the west of North Parade, the School grew rapidly. Within a few years it became a self-confessed and proud rival to Christchurch Boys' High School as well as to St. Andrew's and St Bede's College. [4]

A detailed satirical portrait of the school as it was in the late 1960s can be found in The Shining City, a novel by former student Stevan Eldred-Grigg [5]

On the Easter weekend (April) of 2007, Shirley Boys' High School celebrated its 50th Jubilee. Commemorative events included an Old Boys' XV playing the current 2nd XV and the 1st XV playing in historic uniform against St. Andrew's College; as well as a golf tournament, formal black-tie dinner, staff luncheon and 'meet-and-greet evening'.

2011 earthquake

During the magnitude 6.3 quake on 22 February the school suffered extensive damage [6] [7] and had to close. At least two classroom blocks were expected to be demolished, and all of the concrete areas of the school, including the new tennis courts, were badly damaged.

The students did not attend school for almost a month afterwards, before the decision was made to shift its pupils to Papanui High School [8] – with Papanui High School's students changing to attend classes from 8 am until 1 pm, while the Shirley Boys' High School students entered the school at 1.15 pm and finished at 5.45 pm. After about 6 months of this arrangement [9] pupils were able to return to the re-opened school in early September 2011. [10]

Move to new site

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced on 16 October 2013 that the school would move, and be co-located with Avonside Girls' High School at a site in east Christchurch. [11] On 12 February 2015 the site was announced to be the former QEII Park site. [12]

The move to the new site was completed in April 2019. [3]


Shirley Boys' High School Houses
AorakiNamed after Aoraki / Mount Cook, the largest peak in New Zealand.
MullinsNamed after Mr. Mullins, Former Deputy Headmaster.
SnellNamed after Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete.
BlakeNamed after Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and conservationist.

Notable alumni

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